The Atlanta Braves took game one of a 3-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field tonight, winning by a final score of 5-4. The Braves scored the first 5 runs of the game before the Reds came storming back with 4 straight of their own. Atlanta was able to hold on to the one run lead to up their record to 15-7; their home record is now 7-3. Cincinnati drops to 11-12 on the season.
Ervin Santana started the game for Atlanta, picking up the win, his 3rd, despite struggling throughout parts of the game. In 6 2/3 innings, Santana allowed 4 runs on 9 hits. He walked only 1 man and recorded 7 strikeouts.
It was Homer Bailey who took the mound for the Reds; he’s charged with his 2nd loss of the season and his ERA rises to 6.15. He gave up 3 runs in the 1st inning on a Justin Upton home run, but otherwise pitched alright. All in all, through 6 innings he gave up 5 earned runs on 9 hits, while striking out 4 and not allowing any walks.
Justin Upton’s 3-run home run in the 1st inning put the Braves on the board early; it was Upton’s 6th homer of the year. Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis also drove in runs for Atlanta. The Red scored their 4 runs thanks to RBI’s from Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Billy Hamilton. Braves right fielder Jason Heyward prevented a Cincinnati run by throwing Joey Votto out at home plate.
With Atlanta leading 5-4, Craig Kimbrel came on to try to record the save. After giving up a hit and a walk, Kimbrel recorded 2 straight strikeouts before getting Joey Votto to ground out to 3rd base to end the game. The throw from 3rd baseman Chris Johnson almost forced Freddie Freeman to come off 1st base, and the call was reviewed but upheld. Kimbrel gets credit for his 7th save of the season.
Game two of the series will be played tomorrow (Saturday) at 7:10 EST. David Hale (0-0, 2.93 ERA) will start the game for the Braves, while Mike Leake (2-1, 3.49 ERA) is set to go for the Reds.
By Chris Castle