ATLANTA — On a night of rarities for the Braves, Freddie Freeman hit for the cycle and a two-run deficit in extra innings didn’t mean the team with the worst record in the majors was going to lose yet again.
Chase d’Arnaud had a bases-loaded single in the 13th inning to cap a three-run rally and Atlanta beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-8 on Wednesday night.
The Reds took an 8-6 lead in the 13th on Jose Peraza’s bases-loaded walk with two outs and Joey Votto’s run-scoring single off Alexi Ogando (2-1), the Braves’ ninth pitcher.
“When we got down in the 13th, I’m sure a lot of people didn’t think we’d come back to win that game,” Freeman said.
The Braves snapped a four-game losing streak in a game even Reds manager Bryan Price had to appreciate.
“For entertainment value, that had to have been one of the great games of the season,” Price said.
Alfredo Simon (2-7) gave up five hits and a walk in the 13th. Adonis Garcia and Nick Markakis opened the inning with singles, Jace Peterson hit a run-scoring double and Tyler Flowers added a tying single. An intentional walk to Erick Aybar loaded the bases before d’Arnaud’s fly ball fell in center field.
Freeman became the first Brave to hit for the cycle since Mark Kotsay against the Cubs on Aug. 14, 2008. He is also the first to do it in the majors this season.
“It would have meant nothing if we didn’t win,” Freeman said.
Freeman came close to the cycle in the series opener against the Reds on Monday, when he had a homer, double and single.
“It seems I always need a triple,” said Freeman, who had no triples in 2015 but now has two this season.
Freeman led off the 11th with a single to center field to complete his cycle. The Braves loaded the bases off Tony Cingrani with no outs in the inning but could not score.
Freeman’s opposite-field homer into the first row of the left-field seats tied the game at 6-all in the sixth. Freeman also had a triple in the fourth and double in the third.
Aybar drove in three runs on three hits for Atlanta. He hit a two-run double in the third inning and added a run-scoring single in the fifth.
De Jesus drove in three runs for the Reds.
Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani was knocked out of the game in the third inning after giving up four runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks.
Atlanta’s Bud Norris left the game with a 5-3 lead after allowing three runs on three hits in five innings. Reliever Casey Kelly blew the lead before recording an out in the sixth.
Reds right-hander A.J. Morris left the game in the fifth with a right shoulder strain. He will return to Cincinnati to be examined.
Two of the Braves’ newly signed draft picks, left-handers Joey Wentz and Kyle Muller, attended batting practice. Wentz, from Prairie Village, Kansas, and Muller, from Dallas, were the team’s second and third picks, respectively. Overall, the Braves have signed 18 draft picks, including five of their first 10.
The Braves’ first pick, right-hander Ian Anderson of Clifton Park, New York, is not eligible to sign before he graduates from high school on June 23.
2 FOR 2 ON REDS REVIEWS
The Reds appealed two calls that Braves baserunners were safe at first base — Ender Inciarte in the fourth and Freeman in the 12th. Each call was overturned following brief reviews.
Reds: OF Billy Hamilton, on the 7-day concussion DL, took his final tests and the results were sent to the Reds’ team doctor and major league baseball for final clearance before he can be reinstated on Thursday.
Reds: RHP Dan Straily, who ranks fifth in the NL with a .199 batting average allowed, will make his first career start against Atlanta in Thursday’s final game of the four-game series. Straily (4-2, 3.15 ERA) gave up one run in seven innings in a 2-1 win over Oakland in his last start on Saturday.
Braves: RHP Matt Wisler (2-6, 4.36) will try to snap a string of losses in four straight starts when he makes his first career start against the Reds.