=== Reds try to most past losing streak, earn split with Braves ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds scored just one run Saturday night,
but managed to snap their seven-game skid with a 1-0 win over the Atlanta
Braves. The teams conclude their four-game set Sunday afternoon at Great
American Ball Park.
Cincinnati has just two victories in its last 12 games, which is a primary
reason why the Reds have fallen 9 1/2 games off the pace in the NL Central.
The Reds are also well behind in the wild card race, a full seven games behind
The Reds have been held to seven runs in the six meetings with Atlanta this
season. Saturday night marked Cincinnati's first victory versus the Braves in
Brandon Phillips singled home Mike Leake with the game's only run last night.
Leake (10-11) tossed 6 2/3 innings of two-hit ball, fanning six and walking
three while adding a double for the Reds. Aroldis Chapman shut the door by
striking out the side in the ninth to earn his 27th save.
"We really needed that, especially against the Braves, a team playing pretty
good baseball," Reds catcher Brayan Pena said on Cincinnati's official
Ervin Santana (13-7) allowed four hits and one run, while issuing one walk and
striking out seven for the Braves, who lost for just the second time in their
last nine outings.
Aaron Harang takes the ball today for Atlanta. He has just one loss in his
last 11 starts (5-1) and is coming off a triumph at Pittsburgh Tuesday. Harang
came within two outs of a complete game. He is 4-0 over his last six road
starts since a June 8 defeat at Arizona.
"He navigates through lineups and he doesn't give you anything good to hit
over the middle of the plate," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Harang.
Harang is 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA in four games all-time against the Reds, a team
he pitched for from 2003-2010.
Alfredo Simon hasn't regained his impressive form that allowed him to be
chosen for his first All-Star team. Simon will go to the mound today trying
for his first victory since July 9 against the Cubs. The righty went 15-3 with
a 2.70 ERA in 18 starts prior to the All-Star break, but he's 0-5 with a 5.40
ERA in seven starts since then.
Simon is 0-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five games, all in relief, versus the Braves.
Cincinnati has lost each of those contests.
08/24 07:59:00 ET