Reds Complete Sweep of Braves With 6-3 Victory
CINCINNATI (AP) – Tucker Barnhart and Joey Votto hit two-run homers, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Wednesday and win the season series between the NL’s worst teams.
Barnhart’s homer completed a four-run rally in the sixth off Lucas Harrell (1-2), who had allowed only three singles entering the inning. Votto extended his post-All Star break surge with his 16th homer off Ian Krol in the seventh.
Votto is 11 for 20 in the last six games with two homers, a double and six walks.
Anthony DeSclafani (5-0) kept up his streak of solid starts since returning from a strained oblique that sidelined him for most of the first half. The right-hander gave up eight hits, including Freddie Freeman’s homer, in eight innings. DeSclafani is 5-0 in his last six starts with a 2.61 ERA.
Adonis Garcia led off the ninth with a homer off Ross Ohlendorf, the 68th homer allowed by Cincinnati’s bullpen – by far the most in the majors.
Cincinnati won four of seven this season against the Braves, who have the league’s worst record at 33-62. Cincinnati is 36-59.
Atlanta was trying to win back-to-back road series for the first time this season but couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead. They Braves are 19-26 on the road overall.
Jose Peraza’s two-run single tied it in the sixth, and Barnhart followed with his fourth homer.
Freeman emerged from a slump with his first-inning homer, his 17th this season. Freeman was 1 for 19 heading into the game. Erick Aybar doubled in the fifth – he’s in a 5-for-36 slump – and scored on Chase d’Arnaud’s single for a 2-0 lead.
Eugenio Suarez was ruled safe as he slid into home on Peraza’s two-run single in the sixth. The Braves thought that catcher A.J. Pierzynski tagged him before he got his hand on the plate. The call was upheld after a review of 3 minutes, 10 seconds.
As part of Major League Baseball’s throwback day, the Braves wore 1969 replica uniforms. To honor Ken Griffey Jr.’s induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame, the Reds wore uniforms from the early 2000s, when he played for his hometown team.
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