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Reds Blow Five Run Lead, Lose in Ninth Inning

April 16, 1975 Dodgers, 7, Reds 6 (4-5)

This was an example of a game that got away from the Reds. They jumped out in front on Dodger’s starter Juan Marichal, getting four runs in the third, and another in the fourth to take a five run lead. The Dodgers came back with two in the bottom of the fourth, and then Jim Wynn struck for the second straight day by hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game 6-6.

The Reds had a huge scoring chance in the top of the ninth, when Pete Rose singled, and made it to third on an error by Bill Buckner. Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, and Tony Perez grounded out in succession to strand Rose at third.

The Dodgers didn’t waste their opporunity. Rick Auerbach singled off of Red’s reliever Clay Carroll. Auerbach moved over to third on a single by Davey Lopes and then with two outs, Steve Garvey drove in the winning run to end it.

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