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All-Star Freeman's 4 RBI help Braves top Reds

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ATLANTA -- Braves fans set a record by voting Freddie Freeman to the All-Star game.

The big first baseman found a way to say thanks.

Freeman celebrated his newly won All-Star berth by driving in four runs with three hits and Atlanta beat Mat Latos and the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Thursday night.

Freeman held off Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig to win the fan voting for the final spot on NL All-Star roster. He received more than 19 million votes, a record. The support from the fans continued into the game as he received a long ovation before his first at-bat.

"I wasn't expecting it," Freeman said, adding the ovation was "pretty cool."

After backing out of the batter's box, Freeman approached the plate and with fans still chanting "Freddie! Freddie!" he hit a two-run double to center field on his first pitch to drive in Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton.

"A load off the shoulders," Freeman said. "They voted for you. You want to go out and deliver for them."

The first baseman drove in two runs with a first-inning double and added run-scoring singles in the second and fourth innings.

Reds manager Dusty Baker said it was Freeman's day.

"He's riding high," Baker said. "The All-Star selection, he has everything going for him right now. It's probably a pleasure and a joy to be Freddie Freeman right now."

Justin Upton also had three hits to help Tim Hudson (6-7) earn his second straight win. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 25th save.

Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left the game in the second inning with a strained right hamstring and said he won't play on Friday.

Latos (8-3) lasted only four innings in his shortest start of the season. He allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks. The six earned runs allowed matched his season high.

"He got a few balls in the heart of the plate," Baker said. "That's probably the worst outing Matt's had since he's been here."

Latos agreed he was hurt by "laying the ball right down the middle" and said the Braves' lineup is imposing.

"That lineup's stacked, one through eight," Latos said. "It's tough not to give up runs and give up hard-hit balls whenever you're throwing the ball down the middle. I just couldn't make the adjustment."

Devin Mesoraco led off the Cincinnati ninth with a single. Kimbrel struck out pinch-hitter Xavier Paul and Shin-Soo Choo, who had two hits and scored three times. Kimbrel ended the game on Zack Cozart's fly ball to left field.

Simmons walked to lead off the fourth and scored on Reed Johnson's triple to the left-field corner. Upton doubled, driving in Johnson, and scored on Freeman's single for a 6-3 lead.

Hudson gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits in seven innings. His two straight wins came after six consecutive losing decisions.

Brandon Phillips had two hits and drove in two runs for Cincinnati.

Choo led off the game with a single. Hudson issued a one-out walk to Joey Votto before giving up run-scoring singles to Phillips and Jay Bruce.

Choo doubled in the third inning and scored on Votto's sacrifice fly. He walked in the fifth and scored on Votto's infield hit and third baseman Chris Johnson's throwing error.

The Reds cut Atlanta's lead to 6-5 with a run off Jordan Walden in the eighth. Cozart reached on Simmons' throwing error and scored on Phillips' double.

With runners on first and second, Walden struck out Todd Frazier and ended the eighth on Chris Heisey's fly.

Heyward strained his right hamstring on a slide at third base in the second inning.

Heyward, who reached on a throwing error by Votto, advanced to third on Justin Upton's infield hit. Heyward was running from second base when he appeared to make a last-second decision to slide into third. He said he first felt tightness in the hamstring "about a step and a half" before the slide.

Safe on the play, Heyward remained on the ground at third base before finally rising to his feet and walking off the field, accompanied by manager Fredi Gonzalez.

"No pop. Just pain," Heyward said, adding the hamstring was "sore right now, tight" after having ice on the leg.

Notes

  • The Reds placed C Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day DL with a sprained left wrist and recalled C Corky Miller from Triple-A Louisville.
  • Braves C-OF Evan Gattis, recovering from a right oblique strain, will begin an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.
  • Former Braves two-time MVP Dale Murphy, honored in a pregame ceremony, wore his 1980s-era light blue Braves jersey as he threw out the first pitch to Freeman.
  • Atlanta's Kris Medlen (6-8) will face Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo (5-6) in a matchup of right-handers with losing records on Friday night.
 
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Fresh off his All-Star selection, Freddie Freeman picks up four RBI in a Braves victory.  (USATSI)
Fresh off his All-Star selection, Freddie Freeman picks up four RBI in a Braves victory. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

F. Freeman
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
Cincinnati

S. Choo
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF4320111 .280
Zack Cozart, SS4110012 .231
Joey Votto, 1B2111111 .319
Brandon Phillips, 2B4022001 .267
Jay Bruce, RF3011100 .272
Todd Frazier, 3B4010023 .241
Chris Heisey, LF4010012 .214
Devin Mesoraco, C4010011 .238
Mat Latos, P1000000 .143
   a-Jack Hannahan, PH1000000 .225
   b-Derrick Robinson, PH1000010 .256
   c-Xavier Paul, PH1000011 .247
Totals33510439  
a-grounded out for Latos in the 5th
b-struck out for Ondrusek in the 7th
c-struck out for Simon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (22, Hudson), Brandon Phillips (14, Walden)
SF - Joey Votto (3)
SH - Zack Cozart (10)
RBI - Joey Votto (41), Brandon Phillips 2 (69), Jay Bruce (63)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo (10, 3rd base off Hudson/McCann)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Devin Mesoraco (5, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos (L,8-3) 4966270 3.53
Logan Ondrusek 2100020 4.85
Alfredo Simon 2100010 2.81
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 87-56, Logan Ondrusek 32-21, Alfredo Simon 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 4-2, Logan Ondrusek 2-2, Alfredo Simon 3-2
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 24, Logan Ondrusek 7, Alfredo Simon 7
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrelton Simmons, SS4220101 .248
Jason Heyward, RF2010000 .227
   Reed Johnson, PR-RF3211001 .256
Justin Upton, LF4231010 .255
Freddie Freeman, 1B4034000 .313
Brian McCann, C3000113 .289
Dan Uggla, 2B4000013 .201
B.J. Upton, CF4000030 .177
Chris Johnson, 3B4010023 .333
Tim Hudson, P2000020 .194
   a-Joe Terdoslavich, PH1000000 .167
Totals356116210  
a-grounded out for Walden in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (16, Latos), Freddie Freeman (19, Latos)
3B - Reed Johnson (1, Latos)
SH - Tim Hudson (6)
RBI - Reed Johnson (10), Justin Upton (45), Freddie Freeman 4 (60)
2-OUT RBI - Freddie Freeman (28)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Heyward 1
DP - Johnson-Freeman, Johnson-Freeman-Simmons-Uggla-Freeman
E - Chris Johnson (9, Throwing), Brian McCann (2, Throwing), Andrelton Simmons (7, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (W,6-7) 7843250 4.02
Jordan Walden (H,8) 1110120 2.35
Craig Kimbrel (S,25) 1100020 1.57
IBB - Bruce by Jordan Walden
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 107-63, Jordan Walden 36-21, Craig Kimbrel 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 8-5, Jordan Walden 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 28, Jordan Walden 6, Craig Kimbrel 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40186
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook