Atlanta 5, Cincinnati 0
When: 1:35 PM ET, Sunday, May 3, 2015
Where: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
Sean Barber, 1B -
Bob Davidson, 2B -
David Rackley, 3B -
ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran bounced back from three consecutive shaky starts to throw six scoreless innings and help the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Sunday and earn a split in the four-game series at Turner Field.
Teheran (3-1) allowed three hits, walked two and struck out a season-high six, including a stretch of five straight. He did not allow a hit until Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto beat out an infield single in the fifth inning.
Only once were the Reds able to get a runner in scoring position against Teheran. With two outs in the second inning, Cincinnati had runners on the corners, but Teheran induced catcher Bryan Pena into a fly out to center field to end the threat. Teheran has pitched 21 consecutive scoreless innings against the Reds.
Atlanta rookie Cody Martin pitched two scoreless innings in relief, striking out two. Michael Kohn retired the first two batters in the ninth before walking Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. Atlanta brought in lefty Luis Avilan, who struck out center fielder Brennan Boesch to end the game and nail down the team's second shutout.
Cueto (2-3) was roughed up in his 200th career start and failed in an attempt to win his first game at Turner Field, where he is now 0-3. Cueto gave up three runs in the first inning and never retired the side in order. The Reds turned three double plays behind Cueto, who had won his two most recent starts.
Atlanta got all the runs it would need in the first inning. With one out, shortstop Andrelton Simmons doubled to right and scored when first baseman Freddie Freeman doubled to center. Third baseman Kelly Johnson then launched a two-run homer, his fifth, to right-center.
The Braves loaded the bases against Cueto in the second with one out, but failed to score when Simmons and Freeman were both retired on fly balls.
Atlanta tacked on a run in the third inning on the third home run of the season by left fielder Jonny Gomes, who lined the first offering he saw into the stands in left.
The Braves added another run in the sixth. Second baseman Jace Peterson walked, went to second on a balk and scored on center fielder Cameron Maybin's single to center.
NOTES: The Reds gave CF Billy Hamilton the day off Sunday. They started Skip Schumaker, who batted leadoff. It was the first start in center field for Schumaker, who has played the other two corner spots. ... The Braves had originally planned to give Kelly Johnson an off day, but opted instead to play Johnson at third base and sit Alberto Callaspo. ... The Reds are off on Monday. They open a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, with RHP Michael Lorenzen (0-1, 5.40) making his second career start, against Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke (2-1). The Braves open a three-game series against Philadelphia on Monday, the final piece of a 10-game homestand. Atlanta will send LHP Alex Wood (1-1, 4.03) against Philadelphia's RHP Aaron Harang (2-2, 2.51).
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