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               === Mesoraco lifts Reds over Rangers in extras ===
 
 Arlington,  TX  (Sports Network) -  Devin Mesoraco scorched a go-ahead two-run
 homer  in  the top  of the 11th  inning to  lift the Cincinnati  Reds to a 6-4
 victory  over the  Texas Rangers  in the  middle portion  of a  three-game set
 Saturday at Rangers Ballpark.
 
 After  J.J. Hoover (1-5)  stranded runners on the corners in the bottom of the
 10th, the Reds broke through against Kyle McClellan in the 11th.
 
 McLellan  (0-1)  plunked Todd  Frazier  to  start  the frame  before  Mesoraco
 launched a sinker over the wall in left field to put the Reds in front.
 
 "Defense  was great,  offense  was  there, I  just  let  them down,"  McLellan
 admitted.  "Game  on the line like  that and you  feel like you let these guys
 down."
 
 Aroldis  Chapman worked around  a leadoff walk in the bottom half to nail down
 his 20th save of the season and halt the Reds' three-game slide.
 
 Shin-Soo  Choo  collected three hits, including  a solo homer, and also scored
 twice,  while Zack  Cozart, Brandon Phillips and Xavier Paul each knocked in a
 run  for the  Reds, who hadn't scored  a run in their last 22 innings entering
 the contest.
 
 "Any  time you get a win, regardless of how you've been playing, it's always a
 good  feeling,"  Phillips said. "It's  not like  we haven't been trying, we've
 just been having bad luck. It feels good to be on the winning side."
 
 Nelson  Cruz clubbed a  double and plated a pair of runs, with Ian Kinsler and
 Elvis  Andrus each adding an RBI and a run scored for the Rangers, who had won
 three straight and eight of their last nine games.
 
 Choo  quelled Cincinnati's  scoring drought on the first pitch of the game, as
 he launched a sinker over the wall in center to make it 1-0.
 
 The  Reds  tacked on  a run in  the third on  Phillips' bases-loaded single to
 right,  but  Cincinnati committed three errors  in the bottom half that helped
 the Rangers grab a 3-2 lead.
 
 Texas'  rally started  when Engel Beltre reached on first baseman Joey Votto's
 fielding  error with  one out. Beltre moved to third on Leonys Martin's single
 before scoring on another Votto error.
 
 With  runners  on the corners, Kinsler  slapped a grounder to first that Votto
 corralled, but as he tried to start a potential inning-ending double-play, his
 throw  to  second sailed, allowing Beltre  to score, Martin to reach third and
 Kinsler to find second.
 
 Andrus  then ripped  a grounder to shortstop Cozart, who made a throwing error
 that allowed Martin to score and left runners at the corners. Cruz then plated
 Kinsler with a sacrifice fly to give the Rangers a 3-2 edge.
 
 Cozart  made up for  his throwing gaffe and tied the game in the fifth when he
 scorched  a double to  left to score Choo, who started the frame with a single
 to center.
 
 Votto  followed with a single to right to put runners on the corners and chase
 Texas starter Nick Tepesch from the contest.
 
 Ross  Wolf took  over on the hill and  got Phillips to tap one out in front of
 the  plate for the first out of the inning. Wolf then intentionally walked Jay
 Bruce  to load the bases for Paul, who smacked a line-drive single to right to
 plate Cozart for a 4-3 lead.
 
 Wolf bounced back by inducing an inning-ending double-play groundout from Jack
 Hannahan to keep the deficit at one.
 
 Wolf's  ability  to escape the  jam loomed large, as  Texas pulled even in the
 sixth  when  Andrus stroked a  leadoff double and  crossed the plate on Cruz's
 ground-rule double to right-center field to make it 4-4.
 
 Neither  team put together  much from there until the bottom of the 10th, when
 Andrus worked a one-out walk and moved to third on Cruz's single.
 
 Hoover,  however, got Adrian Beltre to pop out into foul territory to keep the
 contest locked at 4-4.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Tepesch  allowed four runs  -- three earned -- on six hits and two walks while
 striking  out  seven over four-plus  innings ... Cincinnati starter Mike Leake
 was  charged  for four runs --  one earned --  on three hits over seven strong
 frames  ... Phillips' RBI single in the third snapped an 0-for-18 skid for the
 Reds with runners in scoring position ... Choo's leadoff homer was the 10th of
 his  career and fifth of the season ... Cincinnati's three errors in the third
 were  the most in an inning since May 5, 2006 when they committed three in the
 second  inning against Arizona ... Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto was placed on the
 15-day disabled list before the game with a strained right lat muscle.
 
 06/30 01:59:09 ET