CINCINNATI ( Associated Press) — Spencer Strider allowed one hit in six innings and scored a career-high match with 11 strikeouts, Austin Riley scored a home run for the second straight game and two runs and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. beat 4-1.
Strider (4-2) did not allow a hit until two outs in the fifth inning, when Nick Senzel drove a single at Matt Reynolds, who entered the game when Kyle Farmer hit the pitch.
“I’m still trying to expand a little bit more each time,” said Strider, who was making his seventh debut and 18th appearance. “I’m starting to stretch a little.”
“Awesome,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of Strider. “He was free and easy going. It’s really two really good in a row. His breaking ball was really good.”
Dansby Swanson made a diving backhand catch of Joey Votto pop in short left field to finish fourth and kept Strider’s no-hit bid alive before Senzel’s soft liner fell in front of Michael Harris II.
AJ Minter placed seventh, Jesse Chavez eighth, and Will Smith placed ninth for his fourth defense.
The Braves, second in the NL East behind the Mets, went 13 games over .500 with their fourth win in five games and are 2 1/2 games behind New York after the Mets lost to Texas on Saturday. .
The defeat was Cincinnati’s fourth straight overall and 10th straight at home, the team’s longest home defeat since the 1986 11-game skid at Riverfront Stadium. The team fell a season-high 25 games under .500 at 26-51.
“There’s a lot of frustration, the staff, the players, myself,” manager David Bell said. “I know our players are doing everything in their power to try to change that. I’ve been looking long and hard on what needs to be done to replace this. ,
Tyler Mahle set a season high with four walks, including a Harris II run in the second run of a loaded base Atlanta in fourth. Mahle (3-7) conceded five hits and two runs with five strikes. He also hit a batsman.
“It was definitely a grind,” Mahle said. “I wasn’t making the pitch the whole time. You like to come out of games that are not good for you with limited damages.”
Riley took the second-place lead with his 20th homer of the season, landing four rows in left-field seats.
Riley went 12 straight games without a homer before going deep on Friday. He led with a high-bounce fly to second on Saturday and later scored on Mahle’s base-loaded walk and added an RBI double in Atlanta’s two-run seventh.
“I’ve been living a little better off the ball lately,” Riley said. “Living in the middle of the field really helps.”
20 more counting
Riley’s homer was his 20th of the season, increasing to four the number of consecutive completed seasons (not including 2020), that at least one player has scored 20 or more home runs before the All-Star break in Atlanta. – Ozzy Albiz in 2018, Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna, Jr. in 2019 and Acuna, Jr. last season.
Mahle picks up Duvall with an out at first base and a loaded base in the second innings. Duvall headed for second on what he thought was ball four to Orlando Arcaia, but when an appeal changed the call to strike two, Duvall moved slowly towards first and easily. was thrown out.
Braves: RHP Jay Jackson (right lat strain) was activated from the 60-day injured list and selected to Triple-A Gwynette. … RHP Touki Toussaint was named to the task. … Adam Duvall was hit on the left hand with a pitch in the second innings and the game was abandoned after the top of the third.
Reds: C Tyler Stephenson (right thumb fracture) is expected to begin rehab work on Monday. Stephenson has been sidelined since June 10. … SS Kyle Farmer was injured on his left wrist and the pitch went past fifth and was immediately replaced by Matt Reynolds. Plate umpire Trip Gibson dismissed Bell.
RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 4.73 ERA) is set to start for Atlanta against RHP Luis Castillo (3-4, 3.32 ERA) in Sunday’s series finale. Morton conceded two hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 7–6 win over Cincinnati on April 8. Castillo threw a career-high 123 pitches in six shutout innings in a 5-3 Reds victory over the Cubs in Chicago. Tuesday
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