Wood get 1st Reds’ win; Bauer to make 1st Reds’ start


Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto rounds third base on his two-run home run during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto rounds third base on his two-run home run during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Cincinnati Reds' Alex Wood pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Atlanta Braves' Kevin Gausman pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


By The Associated Press

Cincinnati Reds (51-57, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Atlanta Braves (65-46, first in the NL East)

Atlanta; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Trevor Bauer (9-8, 3.79 ERA) Braves: Dallas Keuchel (3-4, 3.86 ERA)

LINE: Braves favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta and Cincinnati will meet at SunTrust Park Saturday.

The Braves are 31-24 on their home turf. Atlanta has slugged .458, good for second in the National League. Freddie Freeman leads the team with a .557 slugging percentage, including 55 extra-base hits and 26 home runs.

The Reds are 22-31 on the road. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.02, Anthony DeSclafani paces the staff with a mark of 4.07. The Reds won the last meeting 5-2. Alex Wood earned his first victory and Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs for Cincinnati. Kevin Gausman registered his seventh loss for Atlanta.

TOP PERFORMERS: Freeman leads the Braves with 55 extra base hits and is batting .302. Adam Duvall is 12-for-27 with a double, five home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta.

Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with 47 extra base hits and is batting .260. Votto is 12-for-38 with two doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Cincinnati.

LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 5-5, .266 batting average, 4.81 ERA, outscored opponents by eight runs

Reds: 6-4, .284 batting average, 4.92 ERA, outscored opponents by one run

Braves Injuries: Jacob Webb: 10-day IL (elbow), Darren O’Day: 60-day IL (forearm), Grant Dayton: 10-day IL (toe), Nick Markakis: 10-day IL (wrist), Dansby Swanson: 10-day IL (foot).

Reds Injuries: Tyler Mahle: 10-day IL (hamstring), Juan Graterol: 7-day IL (head), Curt Casali: 10-day IL (knee).

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ATLANTA (AP) — It had been nearly a year since Alex Wood pitched into the seventh inning, and the oft-injured starter was feeling better than he has all season.

“That felt like me tonight,” Wood said. “I was happy to throw well against a really good ballclub. They’re tough to plan for and so I attacked and got ahead early. I got some good quick innings there in the first, second and third.”

Joey Votto homered and drove in three runs, Wood pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Friday night.

Wood (1-0) was sharp in his second start since returning from a season-long back injury, allowing five baserunners and solo homers to Austin Riley in the fifth and Ronald Acuña Jr. in the sixth. Wood, who hadn’t pitched into the seventh since last Aug. 29 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, struck out five.

“It’s a chess match — it’s my favorite part of starting,” Wood said. “You game plan for these guys and then you make adjustments during the game and how you see their approach. I felt really excited about tonight.”

Raisel Iglesias earned his 21st save in 24 chances by facing the minimum in the ninth, retiring Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson.

Atlanta starter Kevin Gausman struggled in his second straight start, giving up five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Gausman, whose ERA rose 22 points to 6.19, has allowed 11 runs and 17 hits in his last two outings, a span of 10 2/3 innings.

“I’m not having the year that anybody thought I would and I’m not in the situation I want to be right now, but I’m going to get the ball again in five days so I’ll stay focused,” Gausman said. “Two starts ago I was pretty good. Can’t hold my head too much.”

The Reds went up 2-0 in the first when Jesse Winker singled and Votto pulled his 11th homer into the seats in right field. Votto helped make it 3-0 in the third, singling to right, advancing from first to third on Eugenio Suárez’s single and scoring on a grounder.

Cincinnati took a 5-0 lead in the fourth when it successfully challenged to overturn a call that José Peraza was out at the plate on a fielder’s choice and Votto had a sacrifice fly.

Votto is still trying to turn his season around after struggling so much early on. He’s not choking up as much on the bat and is hitting .310 in his last 56 games.

“At some point, I feel like I had to make an adjustmsent,” Votto said. “I got a little tired of my best swings getting caught on the track, so I made an adjustment. It’s encouraging.”

NOTABLE

Votto’s homer was the Reds’ 32nd in the first inning, most in the majors. Cincinnati improved to 27-8 when leading after the first. … Acuña’s 26th long ball had an exit velocity of 115.5 mph and sailed 463 feet. … The loss kept NL East-leading Atlanta, which snapped a three-game winning streak, from moving 21 games over .500 for the second time this season.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Trevor Bauer (9-8, 3.79 ERA) makes his Cincinnati debut four days after arriving in a trade with Cleveland. Bauer went 3-2 with a 4.54 ERA in six starts last month.

Braves: LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-4, 3.86 ERA) will face the Reds for the second time in his career. Keuchel went 2-3 with a 3.52 ERA in six starts last month.

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Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto rounds third base on his two-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_123304503-89b09080d1ae40488c4ba47291e821d1.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto rounds third base on his two-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Cincinnati Reds’ Alex Wood pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_123304503-239c177fdc214117b24651c21cd85b4c.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Alex Wood pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Atlanta Braves’ Kevin Gausman pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_123304503-182e2908cec944fbba720cc58a3612ea.jpgAtlanta Braves’ Kevin Gausman pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

By The Associated Press

Cincinnati Reds (51-57, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Atlanta Braves (65-46, first in the NL East)

Atlanta; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Trevor Bauer (9-8, 3.79 ERA) Braves: Dallas Keuchel (3-4, 3.86 ERA)

LINE: Braves favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta and Cincinnati will meet at SunTrust Park Saturday.

The Braves are 31-24 on their home turf. Atlanta has slugged .458, good for second in the National League. Freddie Freeman leads the team with a .557 slugging percentage, including 55 extra-base hits and 26 home runs.

The Reds are 22-31 on the road. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.02, Anthony DeSclafani paces the staff with a mark of 4.07. The Reds won the last meeting 5-2. Alex Wood earned his first victory and Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs for Cincinnati. Kevin Gausman registered his seventh loss for Atlanta.

TOP PERFORMERS: Freeman leads the Braves with 55 extra base hits and is batting .302. Adam Duvall is 12-for-27 with a double, five home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta.

Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with 47 extra base hits and is batting .260. Votto is 12-for-38 with two doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Cincinnati.

LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 5-5, .266 batting average, 4.81 ERA, outscored opponents by eight runs

Reds: 6-4, .284 batting average, 4.92 ERA, outscored opponents by one run

Braves Injuries: Jacob Webb: 10-day IL (elbow), Darren O’Day: 60-day IL (forearm), Grant Dayton: 10-day IL (toe), Nick Markakis: 10-day IL (wrist), Dansby Swanson: 10-day IL (foot).

Reds Injuries: Tyler Mahle: 10-day IL (hamstring), Juan Graterol: 7-day IL (head), Curt Casali: 10-day IL (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.