CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jack McKeon's move paid off immediately and decisively.
The Cincinnati Reds manager decided to put shortstop Juan Castro at third base in the 10th inning as part of a double-switch Sunday. Moments later, Castro robbed Minnesota's Matt Lawton of a double by getting to his grounder down the line.
In the bottom of the inning, Castro doubled and scored on Pokey Reese's single to give the Reds a 3-2 victory and a three-game interleague sweep.
It turned out to be a pretty good hunch by McKeon.
''You get lucky sometimes,'' McKeon said. ''If he boots that, people are saying, 'Why do you have him in there?' But he's probably the best defensive guy we've got on the bench infield-wise. Then he comes up with the key hit.''
Things went that way for the Reds most of the weekend, allowing them to win two close games from the slumping Twins. A disputed strikeout in Friday night's game -- the Twins thought there was catcher's interference -- set up the Reds' 4-3 win.
This time, Dante Bichette tied it in the sixth with his fourth homer in four games and Castro made the difference in the 10th.
''I was just trying to make contact,'' Castro said. ''The guy was throwing hard and when I came off the bench, I wasn't 100 percent loose.''
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