Finally, after more than a week, Reds manager Bryan Price could exhale.
“I kept trying to remind myself to breathe,” Price said Saturday night after Cincinnati snapped a seven-game losing streak by outlasting Atlanta, 1-0, at Great American Ball Park. “Our last win was on [Aug. 15]. And it was not just the seven losses, it was the fashion in which we did it — the gut-wrenching losses.
“But tonight we pitched well, we defended well and we got timely hitting. It was good to see.”
It was especially good for the Reds to see right-hander Mike Leake (10-11) work 6 2/3 shutout innings and score the game’s only run.
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 56 minutes by rain. When play finally did begin, however, it moved quickly. Leake and Braves right-hander Ervin Santana (13-7) matched zeros until the Reds finally broke through in the sixth.
Brandon Phillips worked the count full with two outs, fouled off a pitch, then drove an RBI single into the gap in left-center to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.
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