The Atlanta Braves had plenty of opportunities to scratch across runs on Monday night, but the club was unable to do so against Homer Bailey and the Reds bullpen as they fell by a score of 3-1. The Braves are now 0-6 on Mondays.
Randall Delgado continued to pitch very well against a tough Cincinnati lineup. The 22-year-old righty worked 6.2 innings of one-run ball (the run was unearned) and allowed just four hits and three walks. Bailey was equally impressive for the Reds, tossing 6.2 innings of one-run ball on six hits and two walks.
After getting two quick outs in the fourth, the Reds hit back-to-back singles off Delgado to put runners on first and second. Todd Frazier grounded a ball weakly to shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, who then tossed the ball quickly in the direction of the second base bag. No one was covering. Jay Bruce rounded third and came in to score the first run of the game on the error.
Atlanta tied the game in the fifth. Michael Bourn tripled and was driven in on a sacrifice fly from Martin Prado.
The score remained tied at 1-1 until the eighth inning. Jonny Venters was ineffective once again. Drew Stubbs led off the inning with a single and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Following a flyout from Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips doubled off the center field wall to bring Stubbs home. Bruce grounded out weakly for the second out of the eighth, but Chris Heisey followed with an RBI-double of his own to make the score 3-1.
The Braves loaded the bases in the eighth inning, but Aroldis Chapman came in to strikeout Jason Heyward to end the threat. Matt Diaz led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single, but Atlanta was unable to do anything with it.
The two clubs will wrap up their series on Tuesday evening at 7:10 ET.
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