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Thursday, August 21 (All times Eastern)

Atlanta Braves (66-61) at Cincinnati Reds (61-66), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Julio Teheran (11-9, 3.06) Cincinnati - David Holmberg (0-0, 16.88)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Julio Teheran tries to make it two straight wins on Thursday when the Atlanta Braves open a four-game set with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Teheran had lost three straight starts before beating Oakland on Saturday. He allowed two runs and four hits over six innings of that one to improve to 11-9 on the year to go along with a 3.06 ERA.

He had pitched to a 5.48 ERA over the course of the skid.

"I was just trying to get focused," Teheran said. "I wanted to really win this game because I had lost my last three and that's something I don't want to get used to. I was just trying to go out there and win and do my best to help my team."

Teheran tossed eight scoreless innings against the Reds earlier in the season, but is 0-1 in two starts against them with a 3.38 ERA.

Atlanta will be trying to bounce back tonight after a disappointing loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The Braves gave up three runs over the final two innings and fell, 3-2, to have a five-game winning streak stopped.

The winning run was set up by an error from Justin Upton, who nearly collided with his brother B.J. in the outfield.

"That ball was literally right between where both of us could get to it. It was just perfect placement," Justin Upton said. "We can't stop. Games like this are going to happen. We've just got to keep our heads up and keep going."

Atlanta is still 1 1/2 games back of the second wild card spot in the National League.

Cincinnati, meanwhile, returns home after a miserable 1-6 road trip that culminated with five straight losses, including a 7-3 setback to St. Louis on Wednesday.

Reds starter Johnny Cueto (15-7) was denied his major league-leading 16th win of the season in that one and ended his five-start win streak. Cueto lost for the first time since July 2 after allowing five runs on seven hits with four walks in just five-plus innings.

"Just one of those days where he didn't have a real good feel for his delivery," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "Lot of deep counts and close misses early. As the game wore on, it got a little bit more just spraying the ball around the zone."

Cincinnati has dropped 10 of 12 to fall 10 games out of first place in the National League Central.

It may not get any easier on Thursday, as the Reds will rely on lefty David Holmberg, who will be recalled to make his second start of the season. His first outing, though, didn't last that long, as the Chicago Cubs ripped him for five runs and seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings back on July 8.

"He was behind a lot and in some bad counts and the Cubs took advantage of it. He made some location mistakes," Price said. "Young guys trying to establish themselves sometimes tend to get out of character. I certainly don't think we saw the best he has to offer, by any means, in that one start."

Atlanta swept a three-game set from the Reds earlier in the year and has won six of the last eight in the series.

08/21 10:23:22 ET

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Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
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CLE 105
MEM 91
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MIA 100
BOS 84
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BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
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ORL 88
PHI 96
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WAS 92
PHO 104
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MIN 96
IND 100
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OKC 99
NOP 101
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UVA 76
HARV 27
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BGU 68
FERST 82
 
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ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
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QUIN 60
ORST 52
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CLST 69
USF 65
 
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CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
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UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
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RAD 74
CORN 61
 
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UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
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USB 67
GHND 52
 
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OKST 64
MD 73
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WINT 100
REIN 72
 
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UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
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STLU 58
VERM 55
 
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UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
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EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
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HART 82
FIU 69
 
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VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
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LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
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DEN 46
BRY 48
 
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MONT 62
SD 67
 
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MTST 65
TENST 47
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SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
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SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
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HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
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BC 71
USC 75
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NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
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UGA 65
SHU 47
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ALA 60
APP 59
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KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
 
1st
UTEP 20
ALCOR 6
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
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EDM 5
DAL 6
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BOS 4
BUF 3
 
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NYR 1
CAR 0
 
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CHI 4
TOR 0
 
1st
WIN 2
PHI 1
 
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
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HOU 25
BAL 13
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CAR 17
CLE 13
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CHI 14
DET 20
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TAM 3
GBP 20
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PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NYJ 16
NEP 17
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STL 27
NYG 37
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OAK 26
BUF 24
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DAL 42
IND 7
2nd
ARI 3
SEA 7