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|Reds Blow Big Lead, Lose to Braves
|ATLANTA (AP) -- Brooks Conrad hit a pinch-hit grand slam to cap a seven-run ninth inning that gave the Atlanta Braves a stunning 10-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.
The Braves fell behind 8-0 against rookie sensation Mike Leake and were still down 9-3 heading to the ninth. Four straight hits, including Nate McLouth's two-run single, gave the Braves hope. A walk to David Ross loaded the bases with no outs, bringing the potential tying run to the plate.
Martin Prado hit a grounder to third that looked like a sure double play, but Miguel Cairo couldn't get the ball out of his glove _ Cincinnati's fourth error of the game. Jason Heyward struck out against Arthur Rhodes on a 3-2 pitch, and Cincinnati turned to closer Francisco Cordero (1-3) to finish off Atlanta.
Instead, Conrad hit a drive that deflected off the glove of left fielder Laynce Nix leaping against the top of the wall and went over at the 380-foot sign.
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