CINCINNATI — Todd Frazier hit a one-out homer in the ninth inning Wednesday night, extending the Cincinnati Reds' best surge of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
The Reds won their fifth in a row, leaving them five games over .500 (24-19) for the first time this season.
Frazier connected for his first game-ending homer on the second pitch from Cristhian Martinez (2-1), who came on to start the ninth. It was a fitting ending for a series that has been decided by solo homers — 11 in all during the three games.
Aroldis Chapman (4-0) kept his ERA perfect by fanning two of the three he faced in the ninth. The left-hander hasn't allowed an earned run in 241⁄3 innings, ascending to the closer's role.
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The series has been an extended game of home run derby, with the Reds getting the best of it. There have been 12 homers in the three games, eight of them by Cincinnati.
Dan Uggla continued the big-swing trend in the fourth, hitting a solo homer deep into the upper deck in left field for a 1-0 lead. It was the eighth this season allowed by Bronson Arroyo, who gave up a club-record 46 homers last season when he was pitching with mononucleosis and a sore back.
Slumping Jay Bruce tied it in the sixth by hitting into a forceout — only the second run of the series that didn't come off a home run.
The Reds loaded the bases against Tommy Hanson that inning with one out. Bruce grounded to first baseman Freddie Freeman, who threw to second for the forceout. Bruce beat the relay to first, avoiding the double play and tying it at 1.
Bruce grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners on first and third in the eighth.