The Braves continued to struggle at Great American Ballpark on Tuesday night, falling by a score of 4-3 to Mat Latos and the Reds. Atlanta is now 7-15 at the park since 2006 and were beaten once again by home runs.
Michael Bourn led the game off with a solo homer, but that lead was quickly erased in the bottom of the first inning. Joey Votto drew a walk, and then Brandon Phillips belted a ball to center field for a two-run home run.
Beachy appeared to be settling in nicely but then surrendered yet another home run to Zack Cozart in the third inning to make the deficit 3-1. Jason Heyward drove in a run in the top of the fourth with an RBI-double, but that was quickly erased on a solo homer from Brandon Phillips.
Reds starter Mat Latos went into cruise control in the middle innings before exiting after the seventh. The lanky righty allowed just five hits and a walk in his seven innings of work, striking out eight in the process.
Michael Bourn hit yet another solo homer in the eighth inning off of reliever Logan Ondursek, but that was all the Braves would mount in the frame. Aroldis Chapman entered for the save in the ninth; after back-to-back strikeouts of Dan Uggla and Heyward, Matt Diaz reached on an error by third baseman Miguel Cairo. David Ross worked the count full and made solid contact on a 99mph fastball, but Cozart reached up and snagged the ball for the final out of the game.
The Braves and Reds will meet once again on Wednesday. Tommy Hanson will face Bronson Arroyo on the mound. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.
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