Santillan gets 1st victory, hit to lead Reds past Braves 5-3


Cincinnati Reds' Tony Santillan throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds' Tony Santillan throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Cincinnati Reds' Tony Santillan hits a double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos watches after he hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


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Atlanta Braves (35-39, third in the NL East) vs. Cincinnati Reds (37-36, third in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Friday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Drew Smyly (4-3, 5.11 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 54 strikeouts) Reds: Vladimir Gutierrez (3-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 23 strikeouts)

BOTTOM LINE: Cincinnati and Atlanta will face off on Friday.

The Reds are 17-16 on their home turf. Cincinnati has a collective on-base percentage of .328, good for second in the National League. Jesse Winker leads the team with a mark of .403.

The Braves are 15-19 in road games. Atlanta’s team on-base percentage of .312 is fourteenth in the MLB. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the team with an OBP of .392.

The Reds won the last meeting 5-3. Tony Santillan earned his first victory and Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs for Cincinnati. Jesse Chavez registered his first loss for Atlanta.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with 39 extra base hits and is batting .343.

Freddie Freeman ranks second on the Braves with 17 home runs and has 41 RBIs.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 5-5, .240 batting average, 4.02 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs

Braves: 5-5, .218 batting average, 4.10 ERA, outscored by one run

INJURIES: Reds: Lucas Sims: (elbow), Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Sonny Gray: (groin), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Nick Senzel: (knee), Max Schrock: (calf), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

Braves: Huascar Ynoa: (hand), Touki Toussaint: (right shoulder), Mike Soroka: (achilles), Max Fried: (finger), Grant Dayton: (shoulder), Tucker Davidson: (forearm), Marcell Ozuna: (hand), Guillermo Heredia: (wrist), Ronald Acuna Jr.: (back), Alex Jackson: (left hamstring), Travis d’Arnaud: (left thumb).

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Tony Santillan allowed one run in six innings to earn his first major league victory and Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night. ,

Santillan (1-1) gave up three hits, struck out eight and walked three in his third big league start. He also doubled in the third inning for his first career hit.

“Tony was very happy not only to get a win but he pitched very well,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He got his first hit. It was a big night for him.”

Major League Baseball’s crackdown on the use of sticky substances continued Thursday, with umpires making random checks of pitchers. Braves manager Brian Snitker deflected any notion of suspicion with left-hander Tyler Matzek, who threw 21 pitches and walked three in two-thirds of an inning in relief of starter Jesse Chavez (0-1).

Matzek averaged 2,575 rpm on his slider, 2,090 on his fastball, and 2,477 with his curve — all below his season averages of 2,997, 2,487, and 3,303. It was his second outing since the new rules were implemented.

“He just couldn’t get ahold of the ball,” Snitker said. “I don’t know why.”

The Braves, who score nearly half their runs via home runs, went ahead 1-0 on Freddie Freeman’s 17th homer in the first. But that was the only run Atlanta could manage against Santillan.

“This, for me at least, it’s the top of the top to get a win by my name,” Santillan said. “I don’t show a lot of emotion on the field. It was good vibes all the way around after I hit the double.”

Brad Brach, the Reds’ fourth pitcher of the night, got three outs for his first save of the season.

The Reds were clinging to a 2-1 lead when Castellanos delivered the big blow, his two-run blast off Luke Jackson in the seventh. Castellanos drove in four runs.

“Those are the spots I have to better in,” Castellanos said. “I needed to be better with runners on base.”

Ozzie Albies hit a solo home run off Tejay Antone in the eighth.

NO RELIEF

The Reds’ struggling bullpen took another hit on Thursday when right-hander Lucas Sims was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right elbow. Sims is 4-1 with a 5.02 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings. He is expected to miss up to four weeks.

“There was one night in San Diego (last week) where he felt like he slept on his elbow wrong, then he bounced back,” Bell said.

MAKING MOVES

To make room on the roster for Chavez, the Braves optioned right-handers Kyle Wright and Ty Tice to Triple-A Gwinnett and transferred left-hander Tucker Davidson and catcher Alex Jackson to the 60-day injured list. Right-hander Tanner Roark also was selected from Triple-A.

TRAINERS ROOM

Braves: OF Ronald Acuna Jr. was out of the lineup for the second straight day with a stiff back. “He’s still sore,” Snitker said. “They worked on him today. Hopefully he’ll be back in there tomorrow. It’s a day-to-day thing.” Acuna was scratched from his start Wednesday.

Reds: RHP Sonny Gray was scratched from his rehab start Thursday at Triple-A Louisville after he woke up with a sore back Wednesday morning. Gray, on the 10-day injured list since June 9 with a right groin injury, had his start pushed back to Saturday.

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Cincinnati Reds’ Tony Santillan throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126866111-0623944d42ad44e6b2c2c1cd805c6e57.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Tony Santillan throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Tony Santillan hits a double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126866111-2f9d7f63f39f45089cb8f4dcca3d4856.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Tony Santillan hits a double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Nick Castellanos watches after he hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126866111-0fb2834d4b13420da14d1da8b438a919.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Nick Castellanos watches after he hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

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Atlanta Braves (35-39, third in the NL East) vs. Cincinnati Reds (37-36, third in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Friday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Drew Smyly (4-3, 5.11 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 54 strikeouts) Reds: Vladimir Gutierrez (3-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 23 strikeouts)

BOTTOM LINE: Cincinnati and Atlanta will face off on Friday.

The Reds are 17-16 on their home turf. Cincinnati has a collective on-base percentage of .328, good for second in the National League. Jesse Winker leads the team with a mark of .403.

The Braves are 15-19 in road games. Atlanta’s team on-base percentage of .312 is fourteenth in the MLB. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the team with an OBP of .392.

The Reds won the last meeting 5-3. Tony Santillan earned his first victory and Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs for Cincinnati. Jesse Chavez registered his first loss for Atlanta.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with 39 extra base hits and is batting .343.

Freddie Freeman ranks second on the Braves with 17 home runs and has 41 RBIs.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 5-5, .240 batting average, 4.02 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs

Braves: 5-5, .218 batting average, 4.10 ERA, outscored by one run

INJURIES: Reds: Lucas Sims: (elbow), Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Sonny Gray: (groin), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Nick Senzel: (knee), Max Schrock: (calf), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

Braves: Huascar Ynoa: (hand), Touki Toussaint: (right shoulder), Mike Soroka: (achilles), Max Fried: (finger), Grant Dayton: (shoulder), Tucker Davidson: (forearm), Marcell Ozuna: (hand), Guillermo Heredia: (wrist), Ronald Acuna Jr.: (back), Alex Jackson: (left hamstring), Travis d’Arnaud: (left thumb).

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