Final Score: Cincinnati 8, Atlanta 4
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - At the crack of Jay Bruce's bat, Braves starter
Julio Teheran dipped his face straight into his glove.
The right-hander's slider stayed above the knees and broke over the middle of
the plate. Bruce made him pay. Before the ball landed five rows into the
right-field seats, Teheran went for a walk around the mound, already finished
Bruce's two-run shot in the third inning capped a four-run rally and sent the
Cincinnati Reds to an 8-4 win against the Atlanta Braves, salvaging a split in
the finale of a four-game series.
"It felt good just to get a win, regardless of whether it was the end of the
first half or not," said Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. "All wins are
very important. We played against a good team and hopefully we can carry the
momentum to the next half."
In addition to Bruce, who hit his 19th homer, Shin-Soo Choo also went deep for
the 13th time this year.
Tony Cingrani received a no-decision because he only went four innings for the
Reds. He gave up two runs -- one earned -- and four hits with five strikeouts.
Logan Ondrusek (3-0) picked up the win with two scoreless innings in relief.
Teheran (7-5) took the loss after the Reds tagged him for five runs on seven
hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.
"All and all it was a good half," said Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. "We
came together when we needed, I think we learned a lot and made some good
adjustments throughout the half."
Andrelton Simmons had two hits including a home run, and scored twice for
Gerald Laird gave the Braves the lead in the second. Reed Johnson reached
first base after Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier lost his pop up in the
sky. Laird lofted a fly ball down the right-field line that Bruce, the right
fielder, could not grab, allowing Johnson to score.
The Reds quickly responded. Cingrani led off with a bunt single and moved to
third on a base hit by Choo. Joey Votto lined a double to right to score
Cingrani and tied the game. Phillips followed with a ground out to plate Choo.
Bruce finished off the rally when he crushed a 1-0 slider to push Cincinnati's
lead to 4-1.
The Braves picked up a run in the bottom of the third. Simmons singled and
moved to third on Chris Johnson's base hit. Evan Gattis followed with a line
out to short, but Reds shortstop Zack Cozart tried to double up Johnson at
first. His throw went wide and Simmons scored.
Cincinnati got the run back in the fifth inning when Choo flicked an opposite-
field home run to left field to give the Reds a 5-2 edge.
Uggla cut the lead back to two when he greeted Sam LeCure with a solo home
run in the eighth inning.
The Reds tacked on three runs in the ninth inning. Phillips knocked in Choo
and Votto with a double and scored on Frazier's base hit.
Simmons homered against Aroldis Chapman in the ninth to wrap up the scoring.
The Braves activated Gattis off the 15-day disabled list prior to the game and
placed outfielder B.J. Upton on the 15-day DL ... Cincinnati went 4-for-12
with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base while Atlanta went
0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and also stranded eight on base ...
Freddie Freeman will miss Tuesday's All-Star Game with a jammed left thumb.
Braves catcher Brian McCann will take his place on the roster.
07/14 20:10:02 ET
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