What had been a rough afternoon for Freddie Freeman turned into something entirely different in the 10th inning Sunday, when he lined a two-out single to center field that gave the Braves a 1-0 win against the Reds and a series sweep at Turner Field. It was the 12th win in 15 games for the surging Braves and their third 1-0 win this season. Jason Heyward singled up the middle with two out to get the Braves started in the 10th. B.J. Upton followed with a comebacker that turned into a single when pitcher J.J. Hoover, a former Braves prospect, reached up to field it and had the ball skip off his glove. The Reds brought in left-hander Manny Parra to face Freeman, who lined a 1-0 fastball to the warning track to bring home the winning run and bring the rest of the Braves racing from the dugout to mob the big first baseman on the basepath near second base. Freeman had been 0-for-5 with two strikeouts before the hit. Until the 10th, pitching was the order of the day and a highly anticipated duel between aces Julio Teheran and Jonny Cueto lived up the billing, and then some. Teheran and Cueto each limited the opposition to three hits in eight scoreless innings, with Cueto ringing up 11 strikeouts and trimming his ERA to 1.15. It was the fourth time in six starts that Cueto allowed two runs or fewer in seven or more innings and came away with either no decision or a loss. Teheran had five strikeouts and two walks and lowered his ERA to 1.47, including 0.38 over his past three starts. He’s allowed just one run and 11 hits in 24 innings in those three games, with only one decision to show for it. That was a 1-0 win at Philadelphia, when he threw the only regular-season shutout by a visiting pitcher since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004. After Ryan Ludwick’s leadoff double in the fifth inning, Teheran retired the next 10 batters and 12 of the last 13 he faced, allowing only an eighth-inning walk in that stretch. Ludwick advanced to second base on a fly out, and Teheran struck out the next two batters to end the fifth inning. The other hits allowed by Teheran were an infield single by rookie speedster Billy Hamilton in the third inning and a second-inning double that bounced off center fielder B.J. Upton’s glove after he lost the ball in the sun. Upton wore sunglasses in similar conditions in the past, but began wearing prescription glasses this weekend and had not received a pair of prescription sunglasses that are on order. So he was wearing his regular, non-tinted glasses in the field. After Pena’s double, Teheran struck out Zack Cozart to end the inning. And after Cozart drew a one-out walk in the eighth and advanced on Cueto’s sacrifice, Hamilton flied out to strand the runner. Those were the only three runners to advance past first base against Teheran, who got an assist from Gerald Laird in the third inning when the veteran catcher gunned down Hamilton trying to steal second after the infield hit. The Braves had scoring opportunities in the first, fifth and sixth innings against Cueto, who began the day with a 1.38 ERA and majors-leading .140 opponents’ average, and was coming off consecutive three-hit complete-game wins against Pittsburgh. In the first inning, B.J. Upton drew a one-out walk and Justin Upton singled with two out before Chris Johnson popped out.
Heyward’s two-out hit gives Braves a 10-inning walkoff win over Reds
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Apr 28