The Braves, who dropped to 54-67 on the season with the loss, are currently 2-11 against the Philadelphia Phillies (43-77), 4-3 against the San Francisco Giants (50-74) and 2-3 against the Reds (53-71) — all three of which find themselves in last place in their respective divisions.
It’s no secret that Julio Teheran has struggled at SunTrust Park all season long and Saturday wasn’t exactly the change of trend Atlanta fans might’ve hoped for. Despite striking out the side in the first inning, the 26-year-old allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and struck out seven while issuing three walks over six innings pitched. The game puts his ERA over 5 (5.02, to be exact), while his home ERA did in fact drop from 7.07 to 6.98.
He’s now allowed 88 runs (80 earned) through 143 1⁄3 innings pitched this season and 58 (53) of those have come while pitching at home.
Conversely, Cincinnati’s Robert Stephenson made his fourth start of the season and allowed a pair of runs, only one of which was earned, on just three hits over five innings pitched.
The Reds received multi-hit games from Joey Votto , Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler, Scooter Gennett and Tucker Barnhart as the team strung together 14 hits in the 11-run route.
Leading by three runs in the top of the seventh inning, the Reds inflicted further damage with an RBI double from Votto that gave Cincinnati a seemingly insurmountable 6-2 lead. For good measure, Votto later scored on a sacrifice fly to make any form of an Atlanta comeback permanently unattainable.
Kurt Suzuki delivered a two-run shot to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring the score to 7-4. But, Atlanta simply wouldn’t have the firepower (or bullpen depth) to catch up to Cincinnati as a grand slam from Gennett in the ninth inning put the game on ice at 11-4.
A Matt Adams pinch-hit three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning coupled with a two-out RBI from Freddie Freeman made Atlanta’s final deficit a more reasonable three runs.
After Teheran faced the minimum six batters threw the first two innings, Schebler drew a leadoff walk to start the top of the third for the Reds. Barnhart followed by lacing a double to left field, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. After striking out Stephenson, Teheran induced a groundout that allowed Schebler to trot home and score the first run of the game.
The lead was fleeting, however, as Brandon Phillips batted in the leadoff spot in the bottom of the third inning and hit his 11th home run of the season against the team he spent 11 seasons with.
Duvall lined a one-out double to center field in the top of the fourth inning. Gennett then drew a six-pitch walk, putting Cincinnati in a position to threaten once again with a pair of runners on. And, for the second straight inning, the Reds managed to capitalize as Eugenio Suarez singled to right field in the ensuing at-bat. The single, coupled with a fielding error from Ender Inciarte, plated a pair of runners and gave Cincinnati a two-run lead. Schebler followed suit with a single of his own, scoring Suarez and extending Atlanta’s deficit to 4-1.
Ozzie Albies made the most out of being hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning. He made his way to second base when Teheran laid down a sacrifice bunt, but turned the corner and sprinted to third following a throwing gaffe from Stephenson. Inciarte later flew out to deep center, allowing Albies to tag up and trot home, cutting Cincinnati’s lead to 4-2.
Schebler did damage once again in the top of the second inning with a one-out double to center field. He moved to third on a groundout and later scored on a wild pitch from Teheran, pushing Cincinnati’s lead out to 5-2.
Sean Newcomb will be on the mound Sunday as the Braves look to avoid the sweep against Luis Castillo (2-9, 3.39 ERA) and the Reds at 1:35 p.m. ET. Newcomb, who enters with a 1-7 record and 4.45 ERA through 12 starts, allowed three runs on five hits over six innings pitched against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field his last time out.