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ATLANTA -- Even without an effective change-up, Julio Teheran still had enough to pitch into the ninth inning.
"I decided to just compete with my other pitches," he said. "I know my fastball is good, my two-seamer, so I just tried to command my curve and my slider."
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Teheran (3-1) gave up five hits, one run -- Josh Willingham's homer in the ninth -- and one walk. He struck out four, throwing 80 of his 123 pitches for strikes.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez gave Teheran a chance to finish the game, but he and pitching coach Roger McDowell had agreed before the ninth that they wouldn't let the 22-year-old go past 125 pitches.
Teheran noticed in his pregame bullpen session that he wouldn't be able to rely too much on his change-up. He tried it against a few batters early in the game, but stuck with what was working instead of forcing the pitch on catcher Gerald Laird.
"For the experience of being out there in the ninth inning - maybe he was a little tired - but you've got to dig deep a little bit," Gonzalez said. "It was good for him."
The previous longest career outing for Teheran was seven innings, a mark he reached in a no-decision April 29 against Washington and a May 9 victory at San Francisco.
After rallying in the late innings to win three straight from the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, Atlanta jumped on Twins starter Kevin Correia (4-4) early.
"He said it - his arm was dragging tonight," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He just couldn't get the whip in it, couldn't get the ball where he wanted to, I think. Normally he's really good locating the baseball, and he was up."
In the first, Freddie Freeman had an RBI single, and Uggla hit his eighth homer, a three-run shot, to make it 4-0.
Correia had his shortest outing in nine starts this season. In four innings, he allowed eight hits, a season-high five runs and one walk.
Correia recorded no strikeouts for the first time this year and the first time as a starter since April 29, 2012, when he and the Pittsburgh Pirates lost in Atlanta.
"I didn't have real good command of pretty much anything, really," Correia said. "I was kind of getting away with it there after the first. I was able to kind of weasel my way through a couple innings, I guess."
Ryan Pressly pitched the fifth and sixth for Minnesota, allowing one walk and striking out one. Caleb Thielbar, recalled from Triple-A Rochester earlier in the day, worked the seventh and eighth, giving up a single and striking out three.
Morneau singled to begin the fourth and moved to second on a walk, but Teheran ended the threat with a flyout and a groundout.
Teheran, a 22-year-old in his first full season, held Minnesota to just one base runner -- Willingham, who was hit by a pitch in the sixth -- over the next four innings.
In his past five starts, the 22-year-old right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA.
Teheran retired Morneau on a flyout to begin the ninth, but Willingham hit his sixth homer and Trevor Plouffe singled to end the pitcher's night.
Teheran credited Laird with helping him stay on point.
"Everything he wanted, I tried to pitch," Teheran said. "If I did shake him, he got me to throw it where he wanted me to. I shook him like twice the whole game. I did it in the seventh inning, and he got mad at me. But I know that sometimes I get confused, and he helped me with that."
|Braves fans applaud Julio Teheran, who pitches 8 1/3 dominant innings for his third win of the season. (USATSI)|
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|Brian Dozier, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.205|
|Joe Mauer, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Josh Willingham, LF||3||1||1||1||0||1||2||.200|
|Trevor Plouffe, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.254|
|Chris Parmelee, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.200|
|Pedro Florimon, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.241|
|Caleb Thielbar, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ryan Doumit, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.218|
|Aaron Hicks, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.144|
|b- Oswaldo Arcia, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.258|
|Kevin Correia, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Wilkin Ramirez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Ryan Pressly, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eduardo Escobar, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.293|
|a-flied out for Thielbar in the 9th|
|b-fouled out for Hicks in the 9th|
|c-lined out for Correia in the 5th|
|HR - Josh Willingham (6, Teheran)|
|SH - Kevin Correia (1)|
|RBI - Josh Willingham (19)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Plouffe-Dozier-Morneau|
|Kevin Correia (L,4-4)||4||8||5||5||1||0||1||3.90|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 75-47, Ryan Pressly 21-15, Caleb Thielbar 25-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 6-5, Ryan Pressly 1-4, Caleb Thielbar 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 20, Ryan Pressly 7, Caleb Thielbar 7|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.250|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.139|
|Justin Upton, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.288|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.262|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||1||1||3||0||1||1||.184|
|Juan Francisco, 3B||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.266|
|B.J. Upton, CF||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.143|
|Julio Teheran, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.313|
|Luis Avilan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cory Gearrin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Juan Francisco (2, Correia)|
|HR - Dan Uggla (8, Correia)|
|SF - Andrelton Simmons (3)|
|SH - Julio Teheran (2)|
|RBI - Andrelton Simmons (18), Freddie Freeman (24), Dan Uggla 3 (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (7)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Julio Teheran (W,3-1)||8.1||5||1||1||1||4||1||3.99|
|Cory Gearrin (S,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.90|
|HBP - Willingham (by Julio Teheran)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Julio Teheran 123-80, Luis Avilan 9-5, Cory Gearrin 2-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julio Teheran 12-9|
|Batters Faced - Julio Teheran 32, Luis Avilan 2, Cory Gearrin 1|
|Attendance - 20173|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Brian O'Nora|