CINCINNATI (AP) — Devin Mesoraco brought an 0-for-15 slump with him to the plate in the 10th inning. He busted out with his first game-ending homer.
Eugenio Suarez scored the tying run in the ninth on Jim Johnson’s wild pitch, and Mesoraco led off the 10th with a homer Friday night, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Mesoraco, who got into the game as a defensive replacement in the 10th, connected off Jose Ramirez (2-2) for his first career game-ending homer . He took extra batting practice earlier in the day, trying to get out of his slump.
“Usually, in those situations, I’m making an out, so it felt pretty good,” Mesoraco said.
Raisel Iglesias (2-0) faced three batters in the top of the 10th inning, leaving the Reds in position to end their three-game losing streak.
“This is one of those unique teams where you’re never out of a ballgame,” manager Bryan Price said. “We talk about that teams like that before every series, and now we’re one of those teams.”
Second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to Great American Ball Park for the first time since his trade in February after 11 seasons in Cincinnati. He got a long ovation before his first at-bat and raised his helmet to recognize the 27,300 fans. Phillips went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts.
Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and matched his career high with 10 strikeouts, five of them called by umpire Mike Winters. He turned a 2-0 lead over to the bullpen.
“He was really good, the best one so far,” manager Brian Snitker said. “He was very aggressive. It’s a shame we couldn’t get him the win.”
The Reds tied it against Johnson, who blew a save for the fourth time. Suarez doubled home a run, advanced on a groundout, and scored on Johnson’s wild pitch off the plate and in the dirt with two outs.
“If it’s straight at me, I’ve got a chance,” catcher Tyler Flowers said. “When it’s outside, all you can do is try to pick it. There’s not enough time to get out there.”
Dansby Swanson emerged from his 2-for-26 slump and put the Braves in position to win it. Swanson, batting .185, singled in his first at-bat and set up Ender Inciarte’s sacrifice fly. Swanson led off the fifth inning with a homer down the left-field line off Bronson Arroyo.
Arroyo gave one of the best performances in his long comeback from elbow surgery, allowing two runs in six innings. He has given up a major league-leading 19 homers, 15 of them solos.
Phillips declined to talk to the media before his first game back in Cincinnati and again afterward. The Reds played a tribute to Phillips on the videoboard in the middle of the first inning.
KEEP IT GOING
Atlanta’s Matt Kemp had two singles and a double, extending his hitting tear into a new month. He batted .357 in May, third-best in the NL, and had 41 hits.
Atlanta is 11-25 against the Reds since 2007. … The Braves are 1-5 in extra innings this season. … The Reds have homered in 13 straight games, their longest such streak since they connected in 18 straight in 2010. … The Reds failed to score in the first inning, ending their streak of six straight games with first-inning runs.
Atlanta activated LHP Eric O’Flaherty and INF Adonis Garcia off the DL and called up INF Johan Camargo from Triple-A Gwinnett. O’Flaherty has been on the DL since May 20 with a strained lower back. Garcia missed 15 games with a sore left Achilles tendon. Camargo is in his third stint with the Braves. OF Emilio Bonifacio was designated for assignment. INF Jace Peterson and RHP Matt Wisler were optioned to Triple-A.
Reds: LHP Tony Cingrani will make what’s expected to be his final rehab appearance in Saturday and could be activated. He’s been sidelined since April 21 with a strained right oblique.
Braves: R.A. Dickey (3-4) is 1-2 in his career against the Reds. His only win came on July 25, 2011, with the Mets, a 4-2 victory.
Reds: Scott Feldman (4-4) has won his last two starts, allowing five runs in 11 innings.
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Second-round draft pick Joe Mixon has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Oklahoma running back who was suspended for his freshman season after he punched a woman, breaking bones in her face, signed Friday.
Bengals owner Mike Brown acknowledged the risk of taking Mixon in a letter last month to The Cincinnati Enquirer. Brown said Mixon “did a terrible thing” when he hit Amelia Molitor in 2014, adding it was “unacceptable for a man to strike a woman.”
His comments came in response to public backlash against the Bengals selecting Mixon. Brown also called Mixon “a rare football talent.”
The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Mixon played in 25 games with nine starts in two seasons for Oklahoma. He rushed for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 894 yards receiving on 65 catches. Mixon ranked second nationally in all-purpose yards last season, setting a single-season school record with 2,331.
One day after Mixon was drafted, a local television station published an editorial on its website saying it was a “disgraceful” decision. WCPO-TV said fans should stop buying tickets and instead donate money to organizations that work to prevent domestic violence.
A local advocacy group also urged the team to speak out against domestic violence.
But Brown and the Bengals have a history of signing players with a troubled background and giving them extra chances. He chose to keep cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones after his latest arrest this offseason for an altercation at a downtown hotel. After Jones’ arrest, the team made the unusual move of publicly apologizing for his behavior, especially his vulgar comments to police officers in a cruiser. Video of his comments — including a statement that he hoped one of the officers would die — was made public.
“In making our decision, we took a risk,” Brown wrote of selecting Mixon. “In this case, the risk has an upside as well as a downside. We believe Joe has put this behind him and that he can turn into the player and community member that creates a plus for Cincinnati. “
Mixon thanked Brown for his public support back then.
“I’ve been just trying to get out here and be with my teammates and move forward, you know, on with the situation,” the running back said at rookie minicamp in early May. “Thank you Mike Brown for that, but just trying to move on and come out here and compete and learn this playbook so we can get our team a win.”
Two Bengals draftees still are unsigned: third-round DE Jordan Willis of Kansas State, and fifth-round offensive lineman J.J. Dielman of Utah.
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MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts to Earth after a half-year aboard the International Space Station has landed.
The capsule with Russia’s Oleg Novitsky and Thomas Pesquet of France descended under a red-and-white parachute and landed on schedule at 8:10 p.m. (1410 GMT) Friday on the steppes of Kazakhstan outside the city of Dzhezkazgan, about 2,200 kilometers (1,370 miles) southeast of Moscow.
Both were extracted from the capsule, which came to rest on its side, within 15 minutes and appeared to be in good condition.
Although Soyuz capsules have three seats, one was unoccupied because NASA’s Peggy Whitson’s mission aboard the space station has been extended by three months.
Pesquet and Novitsky spent 194 days aboard the orbiting space laboratory.
Pesquet, who reinvigorated France’s interest in space with breathtaking tweeted photos and online chats from the cosmos, returned to a presidential welcome.
French President Emmanuel Macron talked to the astronaut by video transmission after he landed Friday and praised Pesquet for sharing his experience so openly.
“You made us all dream during those six months with your images, your tweets,” Macron told him.
Pesquet responded, “it gave me pleasure to share.”
Macron, who had just launched his presidential campaign when Pesquet blasted off in November, noted that “since you left, a lot of things have happened ….”
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a young daredevil who climbed the World Trade Center’s centerpiece tower in 2014 has been arrested on top of another Manhattan high-rise.
Police say 19-year-old Justin Casquejo (kahs-KAY’-hoh) of Weehawken, New Jersey, was arrested Thursday night at the Paramount Tower apartment building on East 39th Street.
Casquejo was accused of accessing the roof without permission and hanging off a ledge. He was awaiting a court appearance Friday.
Casquejo also was arrested in December after videos posted on social media showed him dangling from buildings and scaffolding near Central Park.
His attorney, Jeremy Saland (suh’-LAND’), says they look forward to addressing the charges in court after reviewing the allegations.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — FBI agents removed boxes from a Detroit-area home during an evening search.
Agency spokesman Tim Wiley described the search late Thursday in Dearborn as a “law enforcement operation” but said there’s no threat to public safety.
The Detroit Free Press and other local media outlets, citing a source they do not identify, reported the search was related to a “national security” issue. The Free Press (http://on.freep.com/2rjBmzm ), which cited “a source familiar with the mission,” reported it involved an incident that “apparently happened out of state” in which suspects were tracked to the Detroit area.
Wiley told The Associated Press that he won’t comment on those reports. WXYZ-TV video showed agents removing boxes Thursday night. The Detroit News said agents left the scene shortly before midnight.
Mr. Met could have used my advice a couple days ago.
The New York Mets’ mascot, who flashed his “middle” finger at a fan, violated a code of conduct Wednesday night.
Take it from me, a former Michigan State mascot. I was one of two students to transform into Sparty during the 1993-94 season when I was also an aspiring journalist — out of costume, of course.
As a service for current and future mascots, here’s my do-and-don’t list:
DON’T TALK! Mascots are supposed to be seen, not heard. Ever.
DO DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING: No one can see you, so lose all inhibitions and shake what your mama gave ya!
DON’T TAKE THE HEAD OF THE MASCOT OFF IN PUBLIC: The last thing you want to do is freak out a kid, whose image of a mascot might be shattered if he or she knows there’s a real person in that costume.
DON’T DO ANYTHING DUMB: As a mascot, you’re representing an institution or a team that wants you to create warm and fuzzy feelings, not shame.
DO TREASURE THE OPPORTUNITY: It is a gift to be able to entertain people, anonymously, and that should not be wasted or taken for granted.
DON’T DRINK BOOZE BEFORE A GAME: I tried that once, to see what it felt like, before a Michigan State women’s basketball game and it was a horrible idea.
DO HAVE SOMEONE TAKE PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF YOU: Family, especially your kids and their kids, along with friends will cherish pictures and videos along with stories even more if you can show and tell about your unique experience.
DON’T TELL MANY PEOPLE YOU’RE A MASCOT: Just a few close friends, and even fewer fraternity brothers, knew I was a mascot during my junior year in college. The last thing a mascot needs is his buddy trying to sabotage a performance.
DO MEET EVERYONE YOU CAN OUT OF THE COSTUME: As a mascot, anyone associated with that school or team will want to meet you and hear your stories. Take advantage of the captive audience.
DON’T GET OUT OF CHARACTER: Make huge movements, unlike anything you would do out of costume, because exaggerating everything makes you seem less like a person.
DO NOT LISTEN TO HECKLERS: That might have gotten Mr. Met in trouble, but he, or she, was not available for comment.