Get them off the road, and the Braves like their chances against any team. Then add a Chipper Jones jersey-retirement ceremony, a sellout crowd, and, most important, an exemplary outing by rookie Julio Teheran. That mix was effective in a 3-0 win against the Diamondbacks in a series opener Friday night before 48,282 at Turner Field, where Teheran struck out 10 in six scoreless innings and the Braves improved their majors-best home record to 26-11. “It’s nice to play in front of the big crowd,” said Andrelton Simmons, who hit his sixth homer for the Braves, a sixth-inning leadoff shot against former Braves prospect Randall Delgado. “(Teheran) is starting to do what he’s been doing in the minor leagues for a couple of years back. It’s nice to see that.” The National League East leaders have won 18 of their past 24 home games — and lost 15 of their past 23 on the road. Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton had two hits apiece against Delgado (0-2), who lost his first game against Atlanta since being traded in January. The Braves shipped him, Martin Prado and minor leaguers to Arizona for Justin Upton and Chris Johnson. “It was a good overall night, on a very memorable night with Chipper’s number getting retired,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose Braves stayed 5-1/2 games ahead of Washington before the season’s halfway point Saturday. “We played good baseball, ran the bases well, executed some things offensively. Hope it carries on the rest of the weekend.” Dan Uggla added two hits, including an eighth-inning triple, after which he scored on a safety squeeze by Reed Johnson. “I’ve got wheels, man,” Uggla joked. “I was confident in Reed getting it down and I was confident in myself being able to get home.” Delgado pitched well — six innings, eight hits, two runs — but his pal Teheran (6-4) was a cut above. Teheran allowed four hits and one walk and struck out the side in the sixth to give him his second double-digit strikeout game this month. “I was excited to pitch against one of my best friends, and to pitch on Chipper Jones’ day,” Teheran said, smiling. “I was getting more confidence (as the game progressed). The first three innings were a little difficult. I was sweating a lot. But at the end, the last inning, I was trying to get 10 K’s – Chipper Jones’ number.” The Braves’ big three relievers — Luis Avilan, Jordan Walden and Craig Kimbrel — shut out the D-backs on no hits the rest of the way, with Kimbrel notching his 23rd save by inducing a game-ending double-play grounder after a walk. “We were confident as soon as we scored the first run, but it’s nice to get a couple of more runs in,” Simmons said.
Teheran strikes out 10 as Braves shut out D-backs
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jun 29