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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
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
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
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.
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