A depleted Atlanta Braves roster, punctuated by a rough outing by Julio Teheran, dropped their last game before the All-Star break to the Cincinnati Reds in an 8-4 loss Sunday afternoon at Turner Field.
With Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton, Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman out with injuries and Brian McCann out on a rest day, the Braves were unable to sustain enough offense to keep up with the Reds' four-run third inning.
Teheran's day started innocently enough, allowing just a single and a hit batter through the first two innings, but Reds pitcher Tony Cingrani started the third with a bunt single. That led to a Shin-Soo Choo single to put runners on the corners for Joey Votto's RBI-double and Jay Bruce's three-run homer.
Choo then started the fifth inning with a homer, topping off Teheran's damage at five earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. It was the first time Teheran gave up two homers and five runs in the same game since May 9.
The Braves looked like the breaks were going to go their way in the second inning when the Reds infield lost track of a Reed Johnson popup, allowing him to single on a ball that landed beside the pitcher's mound. Gerald Laird drove him in with a bloop double to right that Bruce couldn't reel in on a sliding attempt.
Dan Uggla pulled the Braves within two runs when he blasted his team-leading 18th homer of the year in the eighth inning, but Anthony Varvaro gave up three runs to the Reds in a rough ninth inning.
Andrelton Simmons hit his eighth homer off the year in the bottom of the ninth, turning around 99 miles per hour off Aroldis Chapman.
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