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Freddie Freeman Drives in Four, Atlanta Braves Take First Game from Cincinnati Reds

July 12th, 2013 at 8:16 AM
By Cody Fields

Freddie Freeman already had a good day Thursday, beating out Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig in the All-Star Game Final Vote. He verified the fans' vote with a four-RBI performance in the Atlanta Braves 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field.

Freeman turned out the first of his three hits in the first inning on a two-run double off Mat Latos to tie the game. He gave the Braves the lead in the second inning with an RBI-single before topping off the Braves scoring in the fourth another RBI-knock.

Freeman's average is now .313, and he leads the Braves with 60 RBIs.

"He had a terrific night, he really did," manager Fredi Gonzalez said on braves.com. "After he gets named by the fans to the All-Star team, he doesn't let them down. There was a lot of support, and he came through today and got some RBIs, got some big knocks when he had to."

The offense Freeman provided helped Tim Hudson overcome a rough first inning when he threw 30 pitches and allowed RBI-singles to Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce. The only other earned damage came from a Joey Votto RBI-single in the third.

In all, Hudson ended up settling in to throw 107 pitches over seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and overcoming three Braves errors in the process.

"It wasn't the cleanest of ballgames on either side, but it was exciting for sure," Hudson said.

Reed Johnson stepped in for Jason Heyward when he had to leave with a strained hamstring. Johnson hit a go-ahead RBI-triple as part of a three-run fourth inning.

Justin Upton also continued his surge at the plate with a 3-for-4 game, including a double and an RBI.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds, Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Joey Votto, Justin Upton, MLB, Reed Johnson, Tim Hudson

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