ATLANTA (AP) — Help is coming for a Cincinnati pitching staff that gave up 25 runs to the weak-hitting Braves while splitting a four-game series.
Following Thursday’s 7-2 loss to Atlanta, the Reds announced one of their top prospects, left-hander Cody Reed, will be called up to start on Saturday at Houston.
Reed isn’t coming for just one start.
“He’ll be a member of our rotation,” manager Bryan Price said.
Reed is 6-3 with a 3.20 ERA at Triple-A Louisville.
“He’s a piece to our future we feel very confident is going to impact our club in a very positive way,” Price said.
The Reds acquired Reed and two more current starters, Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb, in last year’s trade that sent Johnny Cueto to Kansas City.
Cincinnati’s staff needed a long start following Wednesday night’s 9-8 loss to Atlanta in 13 innings, but right-hander Dan Straily (4-3) allowed a season-high six runs on seven hits and three walks in only 4 1/3 innings.
“I just didn’t have it today, that’s what really got me in trouble,” Straily said. “I don’t think I really commanded any of my pitches very well and I just wasn’t able to execute. It just kind of got away from me there.”
Adam Duvall hit his 19th homer and Joey Votto had three hits for the Reds.
Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a two-run homer off Straily, one day after he became the first player this season to hit for the cycle.
Freeman was 10 for 18 with three homers and six RBIs in the series.
The Braves won back-to-back home games for only the second time this season, improving their still-dismal home record to 9-27. They won two straight at Turner Field against Miami on May 27-28.
Matt Wisler (3-7) allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. Ian Krol threw two scoreless innings before closer Arodys Vizcaino recorded the final out.
The Braves led only 3-2 before scoring three runs in the fifth. A double-steal by Smith and Ender Inciarte set up a two-run double to right field by Nick Markakis.
Reds right-hander Dayan Diaz, recalled from Louisville before the game, allowed one unearned run on two hits in 2 2/3 innings.
BRAVES PROSPECT JENKINS ARRIVES
The Braves called up right-hander Tyrell Jenkins from Triple-A Gwinnett. Jenkins was the Braves’ organizational pitcher of the year in 2015. He was acquired with Shelby Miller in the 2014 trade that sent outfielder Jayson Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jenkins, 23, will work out of Atlanta’s bullpen. He was 6-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 14 games, including nine starts, at Gwinnett.
Right-hander Casey Kelly was optioned to Gwinnett.
Reds: RHP Raisel Iglesias (sore right shoulder) threw two perfect innings with two strikeouts in a rehab appearance with Double-A Pensacola on Wednesday night. … Right-hander A.J. Morris was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain. … The team expects OF Billy Hamilton to come off the seven-day concussion DL on Friday.
Braves: 3B Adonis Garcia left the game in the seventh with mild ankle soreness and his status is day to day.
Reds: LHP John Lamb (1-4, 5.14) will make his first career appearance against Houston when the Reds open a series at the Astros on Friday night. Lamb is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in three June starts.
Braves: Rookie RHP John Gant (0-1, 5.63) will try for his first win when he faces the Mets’ Matt Harvey in Friday night’s opening game of a weekend series in New York.