Braves pitching, Puig error add up to 3-1 win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) With clutch hitting virtually non-existent, Atlanta's pitching and Yasiel Puig's leaky defense made the difference for the Braves on Wednesday night.

Ozzie Albies homered on the game's first pitch and Ronald Acuna Jr. scored from first base on Puig's fifth-inning error, helping Atlanta to a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Acuna scored easily when Puig misplayed Nick Markakis's line drive single to right, allowing it to skip under his glove and roll to the wall for a two-base error.

''Yassi made an aggressive attempt on the ball,'' Reds manager David Bell said. ''He's made some great plays by doing that. This one didn't work out.''

Josh Donaldson doubled down the left field line to drive in Albies from first with an insurance run in the ninth.

Mike Soroka (1-1), in his second start of the season and seventh of his career, tied his career high with seven strikeouts while allowing five hits and one run with three walks in 5 2-3 innings. He finished with a career-high 109 pitches.

''It was pretty cool,'' Soroka said. ''I didn't realize I was there until I came out. I still felt pretty good.''

''Mike was really, really good,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''He just ran out of pitches. That's the farthest he's gone in a game. He had a really good breaking ball and a really, really good sinker. He was in the strike zone and attacking hitters with his stuff.''

The Reds loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth against Soroka, but reliever Josh Tomlin got slumping pinch-hitter Scott Schebler to ground out on the first pitch to first baseman Freddie Freeman. Schebler has two hits in his last 27 at bats and is batting .150 this season.

Luke Jackson and Dan Winkler combined to face the minimum six batters over the next two innings before A.J. Minter pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

''All of them were huge in a game like this in this ballpark,'' Snitker said.

Albies smashed Tanner Roark's 91-mph four-seam fastball over the Reds bullpen down the right field line for his third home run of the season. The leadoff homer was his first of the season and fifth of his career.

''The first pitch of the game was poorly located,'' Roark said. ''I knew he would swing first pitch. It was poor execution. I didn't want one pitch in the game to dictate how the game goes.''

The Reds quickly rallied in the bottom of the first on Joey Votto's leadoff walk, his fourth consecutive walk over two games, and back-to-back singles by Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker.

That was the game's only hit with runners in scoring position. The teams combined to go 1-for-18.

The Braves put at least two runners on base in each of the next three innings, but couldn't push them across the plate, stranding seven through four innings.

Roark (1-1) got through five innings, allowing six hits and two runs with three walks and four strikeouts. He also hit a batter.

O-K

In 44 career plate appearances against Roark, Markakis has never struck out.

KEEPING IT GOING

Freddie Freeman's third inning single means he's reached base at least once in all 23 Atlanta games this season, the National League's longest streak of the season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: LHP Jonny Venters threw a bullpen before Wednesday's game and could be ready for a rehab assignment, manager Brian Snitker said. Venters went on the IL on April 15 with a right calf strain.

Reds: IF Scooter Gennett hopes in the next week to firm up a timetable for a rehab assignment. Gennett has missed the entire season with a strained right groin.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (2-2, 5.61) allowed 11 hits and seven runs in five innings in his last start against Cincinnati and got the decision in a 13-8 Atlanta win on June 4, 2017.

Reds: RHP Jose Castillo (2-1, 1.47) was switched from starting Friday in St. Louis to starting this game. The Braves have hit a combined .294 over eight innings in two games against Castillo.

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  • W: M. Soroka (1-1)L: T. Roark (1-1)S: A. Minter (3)
  • HR: ATL - O. Albies (3)
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J. Donaldson 3B50110024.262.380.488.8682.0
F. Freeman 1B40100001.307.430.455.8842.0
R. Acuna LF41100102.301.420.566.9863.0
N. Markakis RF30100203.329.411.481.8923.0
D. Swanson SS50000014.250.352.539.891-0.5
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  • a-flied out for Jackson in the 8th
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J. Votto 1B21000200.229.349.400.7493.0
E. Suarez 3B40100011.227.341.480.8210.5
J. Winker LF40210010.200.263.457.7202.5
Y. Puig RF40200012.200.215.360.5751.5
D. Dietrich 2B30000134.222.327.622.949-0.5
T. Barnhart C30000014.231.344.385.729-0.5
a- C. Casali PH10000010.258.303.387.690-0.5
P. Ervin CF30000110.167.375.500.8750.5
T. Roark P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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c- J. Peraza PH10000000.157.169.229.3980.0
J. Iglesias SS30000000.271.317.373.6900.0
  • a-struck out for Barnhart in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Lorenzen in the 6th
  • c-lined out for Stephenson in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Donaldson (7)
  • HR - O. Albies (3)
  • SH - M. Soroka
  • RBI - O. Albies (8), J. Donaldson (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Donaldson 4 (4), N. Markakis 2 (2), D. Swanson 2 (2), B. McCann, M. Soroka 2 (2), J. Camargo
BATTING
  • RBI - J. Winker (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dietrich 2 (2), T. Barnhart 2 (2), S. Schebler 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Donaldson-Albies-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Iglesias-Dietrich-Votto)
  • E - Y. Puig
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka (W, 1-1)5.25113701.691.3116.5
J. Tomlin (H, 1)0.10000003.000.780.0
L. Jackson (H, 2)1.00001003.181.502.0
D. Winkler (H, 1)1.00000200.001.154.0
A. Minter (S, 3)1.00000105.871.5710.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 1-1)5.2
J. Tomlin (H, 1)0.1
L. Jackson (H, 2)1.0
D. Winkler (H, 1)1.0
A. Minter (S, 3)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (L, 1-1)5.06213413.241.602.0
Z. Duke0.21000009.002.00-1.0
M. Lorenzen0.10000001.691.590.0
A. Garrett2.00002000.820.824.0
R. Stephenson1.01112002.080.85-1.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (L, 1-1)5.0
Z. Duke0.2
M. Lorenzen0.1
A. Garrett2.0
R. Stephenson1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 109-67, J. Tomlin 1-1, L. Jackson 11-6, D. Winkler 16-10, A. Minter 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 6-4, J. Tomlin 1-0, L. Jackson 2-0, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 25, J. Tomlin, L. Jackson 3, D. Winkler 3, A. Minter 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Stephenson (2)
  • HBP - T. Roark (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 98-52, Z. Duke 8-6, M. Lorenzen 2-1, A. Garrett 28-17, R. Stephenson 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 4-7, Z. Duke 2-0, M. Lorenzen 1-0, A. Garrett 2-3, R. Stephenson 1-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 25, Z. Duke 3, M. Lorenzen, A. Garrett 7, R. Stephenson 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Albies 2B32111201.276.343.429.7719.0
J. Donaldson 3B50110024.262.380.488.8682.0
F. Freeman 1B40100001.307.430.455.8842.0
R. Acuna LF41100102.301.420.566.9863.0
N. Markakis RF30100203.329.411.481.8923.0
D. Swanson SS50000014.250.352.539.891-0.5
B. McCann C40100002.300.389.467.8561.0
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L. Jackson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Camargo PH10000001.214.298.381.6790.0
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Jackson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Votto 1B21000200.229.349.400.7493.0
E. Suarez 3B40100011.227.341.480.8210.5
J. Winker LF40210010.200.263.457.7202.5
Y. Puig RF40200012.200.215.360.5751.5
D. Dietrich 2B30000134.222.327.622.949-0.5
T. Barnhart C30000014.231.344.385.729-0.5
a- C. Casali PH10000010.258.303.387.690-0.5
P. Ervin CF30000110.167.375.500.8750.5
T. Roark P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
Z. Duke P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.200.333.400.000-
b- S. Schebler PH10000003.150.250.267.5170.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Stephenson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Iglesias SS30000000.271.317.373.6900.0
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  • a-struck out for Barnhart in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Lorenzen in the 6th
  • c-lined out for Stephenson in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Donaldson (7)
  • HR - O. Albies (3)
  • SH - M. Soroka
  • RBI - O. Albies (8), J. Donaldson (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Donaldson 4 (4), N. Markakis 2 (2), D. Swanson 2 (2), B. McCann, M. Soroka 2 (2), J. Camargo
BATTING
  • RBI - J. Winker (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dietrich 2 (2), T. Barnhart 2 (2), S. Schebler 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Donaldson-Albies-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Iglesias-Dietrich-Votto)
  • E - Y. Puig
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka (W, 1-1)5.25113701.691.3116.5
J. Tomlin (H, 1)0.10000003.000.780.0
L. Jackson (H, 2)1.00001003.181.502.0
D. Winkler (H, 1)1.00000200.001.154.0
A. Minter (S, 3)1.00000105.871.5710.5
Total9.05114100---
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 1-1)5.2
J. Tomlin (H, 1)0.1
L. Jackson (H, 2)1.0
D. Winkler (H, 1)1.0
A. Minter (S, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (L, 1-1)5.06213413.241.602.0
Z. Duke0.21000009.002.00-1.0
M. Lorenzen0.10000001.691.590.0
A. Garrett2.00002000.820.824.0
R. Stephenson1.01112002.080.85-1.0
Total9.0832741---
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (L, 1-1)5.0
Z. Duke0.2
M. Lorenzen0.1
A. Garrett2.0
R. Stephenson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 109-67, J. Tomlin 1-1, L. Jackson 11-6, D. Winkler 16-10, A. Minter 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 6-4, J. Tomlin 1-0, L. Jackson 2-0, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 25, J. Tomlin, L. Jackson 3, D. Winkler 3, A. Minter 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Stephenson (2)
  • HBP - T. Roark (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 98-52, Z. Duke 8-6, M. Lorenzen 2-1, A. Garrett 28-17, R. Stephenson 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 4-7, Z. Duke 2-0, M. Lorenzen 1-0, A. Garrett 2-3, R. Stephenson 1-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 25, Z. Duke 3, M. Lorenzen, A. Garrett 7, R. Stephenson 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Donaldson doubled to shallow left, Albies scored31
  • 5TH INNING
    Markakis singled to right, Acuna scored, Markakis to third on right fielder Puig fielding error21
  • 1ST INNING
    Winker singled to shallow left center, Votto scored, Suarez to second11
    Albies homered to right10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Robert Stephenson relieved Amir Garrett
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Albies walked
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Donaldson doubled to shallow left, Albies scored
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Freeman lined out to second
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Acuna flied out to deep right, Donaldson to third
    • N. Markakis: Markakis intentionally walked
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Curt Casali hit for Tucker Barnhart
    • A.J. Minter relieved Dan Winkler
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Casali struck out swinging
    • P. Ervin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ervin grounded out to third
    • Jose Peraza hit for Robert Stephenson
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza lined out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Garrett Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson popped out to first
    • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, McCann popped out to second
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • Johan Camargo hit for Luke Jackson
    • J. Camargo: Pickoff attempt, Camargo flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Winkler pitching
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Winker struck out looking
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Puig flied out to center
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Amir Garrett pitching
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Freeman grounded out to catcher
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Acuna out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Luke Jackson relieved Josh Tomlin
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Votto walked
    • E. Suarez: Suarez grounded into double play third to second to first, Votto out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Zach Duke relieved Tanner Roark
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte singled to shallow center
    • M. Soroka: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soroka hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Inciarte to second
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to catcher
    • Michael Lorenzen relieved Zach Duke
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Winker grounded out to second
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Puig reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • D. Dietrich: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dietrich walked, Puig to second
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to catcher, Puig to third, Dietrich to second
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ervin walked
    • Josh Tomlin relieved Mike Soroka
    • Scott Schebler hit for Michael Lorenzen
    • S. Schebler: Schebler grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Freeman hit by pitch
    • R. Acuna: Acuna reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Freeman out at second
    • N. Markakis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Markakis singled to right, Acuna scored, Markakis to third on right fielder Puig fielding error
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Swanson lined out to third
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Iglesias lined out to left
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Votto lined out to shortstop
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Swanson lined out to right
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCann singled to shallow left
    • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Inciarte singled to shallow left, McCann to second
    • M. Soroka: Strike swinging, Soroka lined out to center
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Albies walked, McCann to third, Inciarte to second
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ervin grounded out to first
    • T. Roark: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Roark struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Albies lined out to center
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman singled to right
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Acuna singled to shallow right, Freeman to second
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Votto lined out to third
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Suarez grounded out to third
    • J. Winker: Winker singled to shallow right
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig singled to shallow left center, Winker to second
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dietrich struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to first, Markakis to second
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • M. Soroka: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Soroka struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ervin struck out looking
    • T. Roark: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Roark lined out to center
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies homered to right
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Freeman lined out to center
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Acuna grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Votto walked
    • E. Suarez: Suarez singled to shallow center, Votto to second
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Winker singled to shallow left center, Votto scored, Suarez to second
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)