Cincinnati at Atlanta

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Cincinnati (62-73) «000003000341
Atlanta (70-66)000000100140

Reds 3, Braves 1

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ATLANTA -- With the Cincinnati Reds on a roll, Kip Wells figured he had a good shot at his first win since last April.

Giving up just one hit in six innings sure helped him out, too.

Joey Votto's two-run homer backed Wells and lifted the Cincinnati Reds to a season-high sixth straight win, 3-1 over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

"I knew I didn't have a win this season so far. Obviously it's good to get a win any time much less the fact that we're playing fairly well right now," Wells said. "I was trying to stay within myself. I had to pitch a little more efficiently, pitch a little more finesse, less intensity."

The fading Braves, who fell six games behind Colorado in the NL wild-card race, have lost four straight.

Wells (1-3) last won on April 17, 2008, when he was with Colorado. He gave up only a single to Garret Anderson in the second inning. The right-hander walked four, struck out four and hit a batter.

"Kip gave us all he had for six innings. It got a little hairy there but he got out of a couple of jams," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Nate McLouth hit a run-scoring single off Nick Masset in the seventh.

Votto hit a two-run homer off Jair Jurrjens (10-10) in the sixth inning to put the Reds up 2-0. The 417-foot drive over the center field fence was his 21st. Brandon Phillips followed with a double to left and scored on an RBI single by Scott Rolen.

"I'm just missing a lot of pitches I was driving before," said Votto, who is hitting .304. "It was just one of those bad stretches that some players go through. Hopefully I've turned the corner."

Jurrjens, who had allowed only one hit until the sixth, gave up three runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings. The right-hander has gotten either a no-decision or loss in 12 of his 29 starts in which he has allowed two earned runs or less.

"I don't know what to say anymore. It's getting frustrating, considering how important these games are," said Jurrjens, who has a 2.93 ERA.

It was the 15th time this season that Atlanta has scored three runs or less in a game Jurrjens has started. The Braves are 1-14 in those games.

"I got the ball up a little bit on Votto, a changeup. You miss by an inch or so and guys like him make you pay," he said. "You dominate the whole game and then one inning. It's going to eat at you," he said.

"It stinks. The way JJ has pitched. We just haven't scored any runs for him," said Braves outfielder Matt Diaz, who went 0-for-4 and had his five-game hitting streak end.

Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 34 attempts.

Notes

The Reds improved to 83-0 when leading after eight innings. ... Jurrjens threw all eight of his first inning pitches for strikes and 15 of 16 through the second, retiring all six Cincinnati hitters. ... Atlanta SS Yunel Escobar, who sprained his right ankle in Friday night's 3-1 loss to the Reds, said the ankle felt better but indicated he would not play until Tuesday. ... The Reds have won a season-high six straight on the road. ... Cincinnati rookie Drew Sutton, who has played second and third base, started in left field. Reds manager Dusty Baker said he thinks it helps if a utility player can play the infield and outfield.
 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

K. Wells
IP 6.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 4
K 4
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF4000021 .253
Paul Janish, SS3100110 .220
Joey Votto, 1B3112100 .304
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110001 .276
Scott Rolen, 3B4011000 .313
Wladimir Balentien, RF4000001 .232
Drew Sutton, LF2000101 .163
    Darnell McDonald, LF1000000 .237
Craig Tatum, C2010100 .161
Kip Wells, P1000002 .143
   a- Kevin Barker, PH1000010 .389
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals2934344  
a-struck out for Wells in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (26, Jurrjens)
HR - Joey Votto (21, Jurrjens)
SH - Kip Wells (3)
RBI - Joey Votto 2 (67), Scott Rolen (51)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Joey Votto (10, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Kip Wells (W,1-3) 6100440 4.85
Nick Masset (H,12) 1211010 2.74
Arthur Rhodes (H,23) 1000010 2.44
Francisco Cordero (S,32) 1100110 2.20
HBP - G. Anderson (by Kip Wells)
Pitches-Strikes - Kip Wells 97-51, Nick Masset 21-13, Arthur Rhodes 10-7, Francisco Cordero 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 7-7, Arthur Rhodes 2-0
Batters Faced - Kip Wells 24, Nick Masset 5, Arthur Rhodes 3, Francisco Cordero 5
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF3011124 .261
Martin Prado, 2B3000114 .299
Chipper Jones, 3B4000012 .272
Brian McCann, C4000011 .277
Garret Anderson, LF3010010 .285
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Matt Diaz, RF-LF4000012 .325
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010001 .272
Omar Infante, SS4110003 .303
Jair Jurrjens, P0000200 .130
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000001 .324
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Reid Gorecki, RF0000000 .227
   b- Greg Norton, PH0000100 .145
    Kelly Johnson, PR0000000 .212
Totals3014157  
a-flied out for Jurrjens in the 7th
b-walked for Gorecki in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (31, Cordero), Omar Infante (6, Masset)
SH - Nate McLouth (1)
RBI - Nate McLouth (58)
2-OUT RBI - Nate McLouth (18)
CS - Nate McLouth (3, 2nd base by Wells/Tatum)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Prado-Infante-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens (L,10-10) 7433341 2.93
Mike Gonzalez 1000100 2.39
Rafael Soriano 1000000 2.47
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 91-60, Mike Gonzalez 10-4, Rafael Soriano 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 12-5, Mike Gonzalez 1-1, Rafael Soriano 2-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 28, Mike Gonzalez 3, Rafael Soriano 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29078
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Brian Gorman