Chapman gives up homer in 9th to blow save
Loss halts club record streak of 27 straight saves
Saturday, September 08, 2012 2:53 AM
CINCINNATI - As soon as the ball cleared the wall in left field, left-hander Aroldis Chapman went to the back part of the mound, squatted and looked down at the dirt.
Yep, his record streak had ended on one pitch.
Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Friday night that broke Chapman's streak of 27 consecutive saves and powered the Houston Astros to a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Chapman (5-5) hadn't blown a save chance since June 24, putting together a club-record streak. He had it broken by a player who was out of the starting lineup because of a sore left wrist.
Shockingly, the 95-loss Astros were the last ones celebrating.
"He showed he's not perfect," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's been as near perfect as anybody for the last two months.
"It was just their night."
Tyler Greene and J.D. Martinez singled off Chapman with one out in the ninth. Up came Dominguez, who was out of the starting lineup because of the sore wrist but got into the game after second baseman Jose Altuve got hurt.
He fouled off a 98 mph fastball, then connected on one at 98 mph for his second career homer.
"There's nothing else you can really look for," Dominguez said. "He got a fastball up in the zone. I took a good swing at the first one and fouled it off. I happened to get the barrel on the second one."
It was the fourth homer allowed this season by Chapman, who is 35 of 40 in save chances overall. Chapman struggled to keep the ball down and didn't hit 100 mph on the radar gun while losing the lead.
"Some nights you don't feel as good as other nights," Baker said. "Some nights the ball comes out your hand nice and easy."
Hector Ambriz (1-0) got two outs in the eighth. Wilton Lopez pitched the ninth for his third save in six chances.
It was the sixth time the Reds' bullpen - the best in the NL - failed to close out a win for Homer Bailey.