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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- One of the NLs best closers was one strike away from a milestone save. http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-Garrett-Celek-Jersey/ . Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo turned everything upside down in a span of five pitches. Mesoraco homered on a full-count pitch from Craig Kimbrel with two outs in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, and Choo followed with his second homer of the game, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves. So sudden, and so shocking for everyone. "Hes the best closer in the league," said Choo, whose second career game-ending homer gave him a team-high seven this season. "This is a big game for us." Cincinnatis offence has been struggling the last couple of weeks. The Reds were one strike away from another low-scoring loss after Kimbrel (0-1) fanned the first two batters in the ninth and went to a full count on Mesoraco. Mesoraco hasnt done much pinch hitting, but remembered something that manager Dusty Baker had advised about those pressure situations. "Dusty says with two strikes, look for their hardest pitch away," Mesoraco said. "I stayed on it." Centre fielder B.J. Upton drifted toward the wall and jumped, the ball narrowly clearing his glove and landing in the first row at one of the majors most homer-friendly ballparks. "That was incredible," Mesoraco said of his first career pinch-hit homer. "I watched (Upton). Once he looked up, it was a pretty good feeling." Kimbrel is only one save away from No. 100 for his career. Hed blown a save last Friday by giving up his first homer of the season, a shot by David Wright that tied it in the ninth. The Mets went on to win 7-5 in 10 innings. He gave up his second and third homers in quick succession Tuesday. "All around, its frustrating," said Kimbrel, who is 10 of 13 in save chances. "Ive blown three saves. Those are wins we should have had." Jonathan Broxton (1-1) retired three batters in the ninth for Cincinnatis fourth win in five games. The comeback gave Dusty Baker his 1,600th victory as a manager, moving him ahead of Tommy Lasorda for 18th place on the career list. "Thats one of the best I can remember of the 1,600," Baker said. "It might be the top." The Braves led from the first inning until Kimbrels last few pitches. Brian McCann singled with the bases loaded in the first inning -- the first hit of his injury-shortened season -- as the Braves pulled ahead 3-0 against Homer Bailey. Kris Medlen limited Cincinnati to four hits in seven innings, including Choos solo homer. Medlen has five quality starts in his seven appearances, but only one win. Mesoracos homer snatched away another. "Anytime were here, the ballpark is kind of an excuse," Medlen said. "But that Mesoraco fly ball is a fly-ball out in a lot of places." For the second game in a row, a Reds starter lasted a season-low five innings. Bronson Arroyo gave up four runs in a 7-4 loss in the series opener Monday night. Bailey allowed four runs on five hits and four walks in five innings, leaving for a pinch hitter in the fifth. Donald Lutz batted for Bailey and singled home a run that cut it to 4-2. Joey Vottos double in the sixth extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest by a Reds player this season. Brandon Phillips sacrifice fly in the eighth cut it to 4-3. The series matches the NLs top two teams at striking out. The Braves lead the league with 297, the Reds are next at 268. Cincinnatis Jay Bruce, who leads the NL with 49 strikeouts, fanned with Votto on third base in the sixth inning. Todd Frazier struck out with two aboard in the eighth. Andrelton Simmons hit a pair of homers in the series opener and moved up from eighth in Atlantas batting order to leadoff. He opened the game with a double and scored the first run. He also made a sensational play in the fourth, diving for a grounder in the hole at shortstop and throwing out Bruce at first. Simmons also made a barehand catch-and-throw to get Choo at first base in the eighth. NOTES: The game started after a 35-minute rain delay. ... Braves OF Jason Heyward, who had an appendectomy on April 22, took batting practice before the game. The Braves will decide by the end of the week whether hes ready to start a rehab assignment. ... Reds C Ryan Hanigan started a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville. Hes been on the 15-day DL since April 21 with a strained left oblique. ... Jack Hannahan made his fourth start, all at third base. ... It was Choos eight career multi-homer game. http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-Ahkello-Witherspoon-Jersey/ . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-Garry-Gilliam-Jersey/ . Parker had 26 points and eight assists and San Antonio beat Toronto 112-99 Monday night. "We won that game because of Tony Parkers aggressiveness," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "His juice; his aggression all night long. http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-Robbie-Gould-Jersey/ . -- Quarterback Will Finch threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and Yannick Harou rushed in two scores as the No. SHANGHAI -- Rory McIlroy pulled out of the Turkish Airlines Open next week, leaving him a long shot to capture the Race to Dubai on the European Tour.McIlroy presumably withdrew over security concerns. A car explosion in the parking lot of the Antalya Trade and Industry Chamber on Tuesday slightly injured about a dozen people. The tournament will be held at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya.Turkey has been rocked by a wave of deadly bomb attacks in the past 18 months blamed on Kurdish rebels or Islamic State group militants.I think its obvious, was all McIlroy said Sunday when asked why he chose to withdraw.The Turkish Airlines Open is the first of three tournaments in the Final Series to the Race to Dubai. McIlroy is No. 3 in the standings, trailing by a wide margin Masters champion Danny Willett and British Open champion Henrik Stenson.McIlroy closed with a 66 at the HSBC Champions, well behind Hideki Matsuyama and one shot behind Stenson. Willett finished at the bottom of the pack.Willett and Stenson are playing in Turkey.I guess its out of my hands, McIlroy said. I took the decision not to go to Turkkey next week. http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-Reuben-Foster-Jersey/. Those boys can battle it out. If I have somewhat of a chance going into Dubai, thats great. If not, theyve had big wins over the course of the season. Theyve played well -- two major championships. Im OK with that.McIlroy said he contemplated playing the Turkish Airlines Open all week and said he slept much better after deciding not to go.It also helps that he already has won the Race to Dubai three times in the previous four years. He has won the PGA Tour money list twice, and this year he won the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour for the first time.The fact Ive won the FedEx Cup this year, won the Race to Dubai before, made the decision a little easier, McIlroy said.This is the second time this year the 27-year-old McIlroy withdrew from a big event. He also was among those who pulled out of the Olympics in Rio over Zika concerns.The Nedbank Challenge follows the Turkish Airlines Open, with the European Tour season wrapping up with the DP Tour Championship in Dubai. 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