Teheran continues his 2019 'mission' as Braves top Pirates

ATLANTA (AP) One year after he was left off Atlanta's postseason rotation, Julio Teheran has re-emerged as a reliable leader on a young staff.

Teheran's roll of superb starts is a big reason the Braves are back in first place in the NL East.

Josh Donaldson drove in the tie-breaking run in Atlanta's five-run fifth inning to win his rematch with Joe Musgrove, Teheran allowed only one earned run and the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.

The Braves have won seven straight to move into the division lead, 1 1/2 games ahead of idle Philadelphia. The Phillies and Braves open a three-game series on Friday night.

Teheran (5-4) opened the game with two walks and needed 27 pitches to survive the first inning. He recovered, lasting six innings while giving up only three hits. He has allowed no more than one earned run in his last eight starts.

Manager Brian Snitker said he saw Teheran's renewed resolve in spring training.

''It was very evident to me that he was on a mission,'' Snitker said.

Teheran lowered his ERA to 2.92, a full run lower than last season's 3.94 mark, when he finished 9-9 and was in the bullpen for the NL division series loss to the Dodgers. He is on pace to challenge his career-best ERA of 2.89 in 2014, when he won 14 games.

''That's the way I want to pitch,'' Teheran said. ''Last year, it doesn't mean I was bad, but it was up and down.''

Luke Jackson gave up Starling Marte's run-scoring single in the ninth before recovering for his 10th save in 15 chances.

The Pirates have lost seven straight after failing to hold an early 2-1 lead in this one.

Musgrove (4-7) struck out Donaldson in the first inning. It was their first meeting since Musgrove hit Donaldson with a pitch on Monday night, igniting a confrontation that led to both players' ejections. The short outing gave Musgrove the rare opportunity of making two starts in the same series.

''I was ready to go out and attack him like I normally would,'' Musgrove said. ''I put that behind me. I can't go out there with that stuff lingering in the back of my mind or try to prove a point with him.''

Musgrove hit Dansby Swanson with a first-inning pitch, but there was no sign of leftover bad feelings from the skirmish three days earlier.

Freddie Freeman's triple to the right-field corner in the fifth drove in Swanson to tie the game. Donaldson, who is appealing his one-game suspension for his role in the confrontation, hit a single to right to drive in Freeman.

Ozzie Albies added a two-run double to center field in the big inning.

The Braves' poor outfield defense helped Pittsburgh take the lead in the fourth. Left fielder Matt Joyce lost Colin Moran's fly ball in the sun, missing his late lunge for the ball as Moran moved to second on the error. Moran scored when Elias Diaz doubled past a diving Ronald Acuna Jr. in center field.

Musgrove faced five batters in the fifth without recording an out. He allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (right side strain) was to make a rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday night. He could return to Pittsburgh's rotation next week. ... RHP Chris Stratton (right side discomfort) allowed one run in two innings in his first rehab game with Indianapolis on Tuesday night. ... RHP Jordan Lyles (right side discomfort) is expected to throw in the bullpen this weekend.

Braves: OF Austin Riley did not start but was used as a pinch-hitter after he was hit by a pitch on his left hand and wrist on Wednesday night. Riley's pinch-hit groundout ended the seventh.

NO QUIT

Manager Clint Hurdle says his players haven't quit. After trailing 6-2, Pittsburgh scored the last three runs of the game. ''We had the go-ahead run at the plate,'' Hurdle said, referring to the ninth-inning opportunity. ''I love the fight.''

TOSSED

Snitker was ejected by home plate umpire Tripp Gibson after Gibson's called strike three on Acuna ended the fourth inning with runners on first and second. Snitker's objection to the high strike call led to his second ejection this season and 11th of his career.

UP NEXT

Pirates: LHP Steven Brault (2-1, 5.05) will make his sixth start of the season on Friday night at Miami against RHP Trevor Richards (3-6, 3.31 ERA).

Braves: LHP Max Fried (7-3, 3.75) will face Philadelphia RHP Nick Pivetta (4-2, 4.93) in the opening game of a weekend series between the NL East leaders on Friday night.

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  • W: J. Teheran (5-4)L: J. Musgrove (4-7)S: L. Jackson (10)
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J. Bell 1B40000112.320.389.6531.0420.5
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A. Frazier 2B32200100.261.321.373.6946.0
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  • a-doubled for Hartlieb in the 7th
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R. Acuna CF51200032.285.365.493.8582.5
D. Swanson SS21000211.266.328.483.8103.5
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N. Markakis RF31100002.276.368.431.7993.0
O. Albies 2B41220001.276.343.456.7996.0
B. McCann C30000102.272.336.447.7831.0
M. Joyce LF40110003.292.387.492.8792.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Swarzak in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Reynolds 2 (14), E. Diaz (7), A. Frazier (12), C. Dickerson (2)
  • SH - J. Musgrove (3)
  • RBI - B. Reynolds 2 (23), S. Marte (33), E. Diaz (18), C. Dickerson (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Reynolds (8), S. Marte (12), E. Diaz (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, J. Bell 2 (2), C. Moran 3 (3), J. Musgrove 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Acuna (9), O. Albies (13)
  • 3B - F. Freeman (2)
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (46), J. Donaldson (27), O. Albies 2 (32), M. Joyce (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna 2 (2), J. Donaldson 2 (2), N. Markakis 2 (2), M. Joyce, A. Riley 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Newman
FIELDING
  • E - M. Joyce
  • PB - B. McCann (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (L, 4-7)4.09662304.871.27-8.5
G. Hartlieb2.01000108.441.885.5
D. Neverauskas2.00001209.952.216.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (L, 4-7)4.0
G. Hartlieb2.0
D. Neverauskas2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (W, 5-4)6.03213202.921.1922.0
T. Toussaint0.14220004.611.43-6.0
A. Swarzak (H, 5)0.20001103.241.28-0.5
J. Blevins (H, 6)1.00000205.911.784.0
L. Jackson (S, 10)1.02100003.181.248.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (W, 5-4)6.0
T. Toussaint0.1
A. Swarzak (H, 5)0.2
J. Blevins (H, 6)1.0
L. Jackson (S, 10)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Musgrove (5), D. Neverauskas (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 69-47, G. Hartlieb 27-19, D. Neverauskas 41-28
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 6-3, G. Hartlieb 4-1, D. Neverauskas 1-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 24, G. Hartlieb 7, D. Neverauskas 8
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Teheran (2), A. Swarzak (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 98-55, T. Toussaint 11-6, A. Swarzak 7-5, J. Blevins 14-8, L. Jackson 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 9-7, T. Toussaint 1-0, J. Blevins 1-0, L. Jackson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 24, T. Toussaint 5, A. Swarzak 3, J. Blevins 3, L. Jackson 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Reynolds LF41320100.350.404.561.9649.0
S. Marte CF50110004.285.326.474.8002.0
J. Bell 1B40000112.320.389.6531.0420.5
C. Moran 3B41000013.266.323.462.7850.5
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G. Polanco RF40000011.243.304.426.730-0.5
E. Diaz C40110020.280.321.360.6812.0
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J. Kang 3B10000000.144.212.317.5300.0
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  • a-doubled for Hartlieb in the 7th
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R. Acuna CF51200032.285.365.493.8582.5
D. Swanson SS21000211.266.328.483.8103.5
F. Freeman 1B51220002.311.401.592.9927.0
J. Donaldson 3B41110014.236.349.419.7692.5
N. Markakis RF31100002.276.368.431.7993.0
O. Albies 2B41220001.276.343.456.7996.0
B. McCann C30000102.272.336.447.7831.0
M. Joyce LF40110003.292.387.492.8792.0
C. Culberson LF00000000.354.396.6251.0210.0
J. Teheran P30100010.143.143.179.3210.5
T. Toussaint P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Swarzak in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Reynolds 2 (14), E. Diaz (7), A. Frazier (12), C. Dickerson (2)
  • SH - J. Musgrove (3)
  • RBI - B. Reynolds 2 (23), S. Marte (33), E. Diaz (18), C. Dickerson (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Reynolds (8), S. Marte (12), E. Diaz (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, J. Bell 2 (2), C. Moran 3 (3), J. Musgrove 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Acuna (9), O. Albies (13)
  • 3B - F. Freeman (2)
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (46), J. Donaldson (27), O. Albies 2 (32), M. Joyce (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna 2 (2), J. Donaldson 2 (2), N. Markakis 2 (2), M. Joyce, A. Riley 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Newman
FIELDING
  • E - M. Joyce
  • PB - B. McCann (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (L, 4-7)4.09662304.871.27-8.5
G. Hartlieb2.01000108.441.885.5
D. Neverauskas2.00001209.952.216.0
Total8.01066360---
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (L, 4-7)4.0
G. Hartlieb2.0
D. Neverauskas2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (W, 5-4)6.03213202.921.1922.0
T. Toussaint0.14220004.611.43-6.0
A. Swarzak (H, 5)0.20001103.241.28-0.5
J. Blevins (H, 6)1.00000205.911.784.0
L. Jackson (S, 10)1.02100003.181.248.0
Total9.0953450---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (W, 5-4)6.0
T. Toussaint0.1
A. Swarzak (H, 5)0.2
J. Blevins (H, 6)1.0
L. Jackson (S, 10)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Musgrove (5), D. Neverauskas (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 69-47, G. Hartlieb 27-19, D. Neverauskas 41-28
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 6-3, G. Hartlieb 4-1, D. Neverauskas 1-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 24, G. Hartlieb 7, D. Neverauskas 8
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Teheran (2), A. Swarzak (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 98-55, T. Toussaint 11-6, A. Swarzak 7-5, J. Blevins 14-8, L. Jackson 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 9-7, T. Toussaint 1-0, J. Blevins 1-0, L. Jackson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 24, T. Toussaint 5, A. Swarzak 3, J. Blevins 3, L. Jackson 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Marte singled to shallow left center, Reynolds scored56
  • 7TH INNING
    Reynolds doubled to deep right, Dickerson scored, Newman to third46
    Dickerson doubled to deep left, Frazier scored36
  • 5TH INNING
    Joyce grounded out to second, Albies scored26
    Albies doubled to deep right center, Donaldson and Markakis scored25
    Donaldson singled to right, Freeman scored23
    Freeman tripled to deep right, Swanson scored22
  • 4TH INNING
    Diaz doubled to center, Moran scored21
  • 3RD INNING
    Freeman singled to left, Acuna scored, Swanson to second11
    Reynolds singled to left center, Frazier scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Luke Jackson relieved Jerry Blevins
    • J. Kang: Foul, Ball, Kang grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Newman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Newman grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Reynolds: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Reynolds doubled to left
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Reynolds to third on passed ball, Marte singled to shallow left center, Reynolds scored
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jerry Blevins pitching
    • Charlie Culberson in left field
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Neverauskas Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Freeman lined out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Touki Toussaint relieved Julio Teheran
    • E. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier doubled to left center
    • Corey Dickerson hit for Geoff Hartlieb
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dickerson doubled to deep left, Frazier scored
    • K. Newman: Newman singled to center, Dickerson to third
    • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Reynolds doubled to deep right, Dickerson scored, Newman to third
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Touki Toussaint
    • S. Marte: Marte fouled out to first
    • J. Bell: Bell intentionally walked
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dovydas Neverauskas pitching
    • Jung Ho Kang at third base
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Markakis hit by pitch
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Albies flied out to left
    • B. McCann: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCann walked, Markakis to second
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Joyce popped out to shortstop
    • Austin Riley hit for Anthony Swarzak
    • A. Riley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Riley reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, McCann out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bell flied out to deep center
    • C. Moran: Foul, Moran lined out to shortstop
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Hartlieb Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Acuna reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Acuna out at second
    • F. Freeman: Freeman lined out to right
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Newman grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Reynolds: Reynolds grounded out to third
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Swanson walked
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman tripled to deep right, Swanson scored
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson singled to right, Freeman scored
    • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Markakis singled to left, Donaldson to second
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Foul, Albies doubled to deep right center, Donaldson and Markakis scored
    • Geoff Hartlieb relieved Joe Musgrove
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, McCann grounded out to first, Albies to third
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Joyce grounded out to second, Albies scored
    • J. Teheran: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Teheran struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bell flied out to left
    • C. Moran: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moran safe at first on left fielder Joyce fielding error
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco popped out to first
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Diaz doubled to center, Moran scored
    • A. Frazier: Frazier intentionally walked
    • J. Musgrove: Ball, Ball, Musgrove lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies popped out to shortstop
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann grounded out to third
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Joyce singled to right center
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Teheran singled to left center, Joyce to third
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier singled to left
    • J. Musgrove: Pickoff attempt, Musgrove hit sacrifice bunt to first, Frazier to second
    • K. Newman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Newman grounded out to pitcher
    • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds singled to left center, Frazier scored
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Teheran grounded out to third
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Acuna doubled to left
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Swanson walked
    • F. Freeman: Freeman singled to left, Acuna scored, Swanson to second
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to second, Swanson to third, Freeman to second
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moran grounded out to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco lined out to right
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Diaz struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis grounded out to pitcher
    • O. Albies: Albies singled to left
    • B. McCann: McCann flied out to right
    • M. Joyce: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Joyce grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Newman walked
    • B. Reynolds: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Newman caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Marte grounded out to pitcher, Reynolds to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Swanson hit by pitch
    • F. Freeman: Strike (foul tip), Freeman reached on fielder's choice to second, Swanson out at second
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)