"He had command of all his pitches," manager Fredi Gonzalez said after the game, per MLB.com. "He kept them off-balance and made some pitches when he had to."
Teheran (4-1) gave up a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning but was brilliant on Thursday to earn just his second win in his last seven starts. He was in danger of missing out on the win as the score remained tied heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the Braves were able to explode for seven runs to put the game out of reach.
"I've been working to get back on track and it showed today that I've been working really good, trying to get my fastball, trying to get all my pitches for strikes and that's something that will get some wins for us," Teheran said.
Teheran owns a 3.91 ERA and 47:19 K:BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings. He's on track to face the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Teheran walked one and struck out five. He threw 103 pitches, 63 strikes.
"[Teheran] didn't have his best stuff, but he did a good job to keep us in the game," Braves third baseman Phil Gosselin said, per MLB.com."He's always going to battle and give you a good outing, no matter what."
Teheran's next start will be Thursday, against Milwaukee.
Jose Lobaton delivered a two-run homer of Teheran in the second inning and Ryan Zimmerman knocked a three-run shot in the fifth.
"I was making pitches, and obviously they're very hot right now," Teheran said to MLB.com. "They're having good at-bats against us, and there were two mistakes I made in those two innings and they cost us a couple of runs."
Teheran fanned six and walked three in the defeat.
"It was a tough outing for him," said catcher Christian Bethancourt. "He made some really good pitches, he was getting the ball down, he was pounding the zone, and they were just hitting the ball. They've been hitting the ball really hot, and basically we can't do anything about it. We just have to keep executing pitches, stay positive, don't give up."
Teheran will look to get back on track in his start that's scheduled for Friday in Miami.
Teheran (3-1) had struggled through three straight subpar outings since winning his first two starts of the season, but he was able to recapture success in a tough matchup against Johnny Cueto Sunday.
"My mindset coming in was to fight and really focus on this game," Teheran said to MLB.com. "I know that's something I didn't have a couple starts ago."
All three of the hits he allowed were singles, and at one point in the fourth and fifth innings he was able to ring up five straight batters on strikeouts.
"This was more of the Julio Teheran that we've seen in the past," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after watching Teheran scatter three hits and notch six strikeouts.
Teheran owns a 3.82 ERA and 28:14 K:BB ratio in 33 innings. He'll square off with the Nationals on the road Saturday.
"If there's anything wrong with my arm, I wouldn't want to be out there and do something to make it worse," he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell met on Wednesday with Teheran, who assured them he's healthy. Gonzalez believes his primary problem is pitch selection. And he plans on Teheran turned around in that area.
"He manages his fastball, both sides of the plate, elevates it and sinks it and his other stuff is off the fastball," Gonzalez said. "For whatever reason in the last couple starts he's doing it the other way around. (Thursday) when he throws his side (session) he's got to get back to that: four-seam (fastball), two-seam and locate his fastball and pitch off of his fastball."
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