Braves beat Reds 4-1 in game shortened by rain

NEW YORK (AP) The Atlanta Braves were eager to show off their new relievers.

They weren't needed, thanks to Max Fried and a line of severe thunderstorms.

Fried pitched six strong innings before the rain hit, giving the Braves a weather-shortened 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.

Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer in the first and Adam Duvall went deep again - his fifth homer in six games since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

''It's a little unfortunate,'' Fried said. ''My pitch count was down and I was excited to get back out there. But I'll take the win.''

Fried (12-4) threw one pitch in the top of the seventh - his 76th of the game - before strong storms swept across SunTrust Park, forcing the umpires to hastily call out the grounds crew. Nearly two hours after play was halted, lightning continued to crackle across the sky and sheets of rain turned the warning track into a muddy mess.

With no sign of the storm letting up, the game was finally called with the area under a flash flood warning until early morning.

The Braves acquired three relievers before Wednesday's trade deadline: new closer Shane Greene, along with Mark Melancon and Chris Martin.

Melancon began to loosen up at the beginning of the seventh, but it wasn't long before the rain sent him scurrying for cover.

''We got all that bullpen help, and we didn't even need it,'' Freeman joked.

Fried breezed to this third straight win, surrendering just four hits. After Jose Peraza's RBI single in the second, the left-hander retired 11 straight hitters before Nick Senzel reached on catcher's interference.

Reds starter Anthony DeSclafini (6-6) trailed 3-0 before getting his first out. Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the bottom half of the first with a double and moved over to third on Ozzie Albies' single. Then, after fouling off three straight two-strike pitches, Freeman went the opposite way for his 26th homer of the season.

''They were definitely aggressive,'' DeSclafini said. ''We got ourselves in a hole.''

Duvall struck out with the bases loaded in the third, but he resumed his torrid streak leading off the sixth against his former team. On Wandy Peralta's fourth pitch after replacing DeSclafini, Duvall launched a 434-foot drive over the center-field wall for his fifth homer in six games since being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett.

FILL-IN MANAGER

Reds skipper David Bell began serving a six-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl that broke out during Tuesday's game against the Pirates.

Three players on each team also received suspensions, but all will be allowed to play while appealing. Bell began serving his penalty, forcing bench coach Freddie Benavides to run the team.

''All of us go over the game plan. We have a very good idea of what we want do from the first pitch on,'' Benavides said. ''Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, there's a little bit more pressure. It's easy to give scenarios and ideas, but now I have to make the decisions.''

DUVALL'S JOURNEY

Duvall had a pair of 30-homer seasons for the Reds before being dealt to Atlanta during a dismal 2018 season. After failing to make the team in spring training, he spent much of the year trying to rebuild his swing in the minors.

Duvall hit 29 homers for Gwinnett and was finally recalled last week when Nick Markakis was hit by a pitch, suffering a fractured wrist.

''He got his confidence back,'' manager Brian Snitker said of Duvall. ''When he came back up, he was a different guy.''

BAUER'S DEBUT

Pitcher Trevor Bauer, who was acquired from Cleveland in a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline, will make his debut for the Reds on Saturday. He'll be opposed by Atlanta's Dallas Keuchel.

DONALDSON'S D

Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson is known for his slugging, but he made a couple of big defensive plays at third base.

The highlight was a leaping grab of Eugenio Suarez's liner in the fourth.

''You always hear about his bat,'' Fried said of Donaldson. ''I didn't realize how good he is with the glove.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves SS Dansby Swanson (foot) will likely come off the IL this weekend. ... Markakis watched the game from the Braves dugout with a cast on his wrist. He is expected to be out at least until mid-September.

UP NEXT

Braves RHP Kevin Gausman (3-6, 5.97) will look to bounce back from a tough start when he goes Friday against Cincinnati LHP Alex Wood (0-0, 3.86). Gausman went six innings in his last appearance at Philadelphia, surrendering six runs on nine hits in a 9-4 loss. Wood will be making his second start for the Reds after missing much of the season with an injured back.

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  • W: M. Fried (12-4)L: A. DeSclafani (6-6)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (26), A. Duvall (5)
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F. Freeman 1B31131011.305.397.563.9597.5
J. Donaldson 3B30100001.256.367.520.8872.0
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    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Votto (22)
    • RBI - J. Peraza (30)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Peraza (11)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, T. Barnhart
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Acuna (15), J. Donaldson (25)
    • HR - F. Freeman (26), A. Duvall (5)
    • RBI - F. Freeman 3 (85), A. Duvall (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, B. McCann, E. Inciarte 4 (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - N. Senzel (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - R. Acuna (6)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Peraza (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Camargo-Albies-Freeman)
    • E - B. McCann
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    W. Peralta0.21111015.121.29-3.0
    D. Hernandez0.10000006.861.550.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. DeSclafani (L, 6-6)5.0
    W. Peralta0.2
    D. Hernandez0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fried (W, 12-4)6.04110404.071.3725.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fried (W, 12-4)6.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 92-58, W. Peralta 17-9, D. Hernandez 6-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 5-5, W. Peralta 2-0
    • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 23, W. Peralta 4, D. Hernandez
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 75-52
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 8-4
    • Batters Faced - M. Fried 21
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    • a-struck out for DeSclafani in the 6th
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    J. Donaldson 3B30100001.256.367.520.8872.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Votto (22)
      • RBI - J. Peraza (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Peraza (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, T. Barnhart
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Acuna (15), J. Donaldson (25)
      • HR - F. Freeman (26), A. Duvall (5)
      • RBI - F. Freeman 3 (85), A. Duvall (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, B. McCann, E. Inciarte 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - N. Senzel (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Acuna (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Peraza (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Camargo-Albies-Freeman)
      • E - B. McCann
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. DeSclafani (L, 6-6)5.07331514.071.301.5
      W. Peralta0.21111015.121.29-3.0
      D. Hernandez0.10000006.861.550.0
      Total6.0844252---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. DeSclafani (L, 6-6)5.0
      W. Peralta0.2
      D. Hernandez0.1
      Total6.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fried (W, 12-4)6.04110404.071.3725.0
      Total6.0411040---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fried (W, 12-4)6.0
      Total6.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 92-58, W. Peralta 17-9, D. Hernandez 6-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 5-5, W. Peralta 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 23, W. Peralta 4, D. Hernandez
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 75-52
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 8-4
      • Batters Faced - M. Fried 21
      • 6TH INNING
        Duvall homered to center14
      • 2ND INNING
        Peraza singled to left, Ervin scored13
      • 1ST INNING
        Freeman homered to left center, Acuna and Albies scored03
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • P. Ervin: Foul
      • 6TH INNING
        • Jesse Winker hit for Anthony DeSclafani
        • J. Winker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
        • N. Senzel: Senzel reached on catcher's interference
        • J. Votto: Foul, Senzel caught stealing second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Foul, Votto doubled to deep center
        • E. Suarez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Suarez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Wandy Peralta pitching
        • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Duvall homered to center
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Inciarte walked
        • J. Camargo: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Camargo reached on fielder's choice to third, Inciarte out at second
        • M. Fried: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Fried reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Camargo out at second
        • David Hernandez relieved Wandy Peralta
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Acuna lined out to center
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • A. Aquino: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Aquino struck out looking
        • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza grounded out to third
        • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
        • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Albies popped out to third
        • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman safe at first on 2nd baseman Peraza fielding error
        • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Donaldson popped out to second
        • B. McCann: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Suarez lined out to third
        • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ervin grounded out to third
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
        • J. Camargo: Camargo grounded out to second
        • M. Fried: Ball, Foul, Fried grounded out to second
        • R. Acuna: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • A. DeSclafani: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeSclafani struck out swinging
        • N. Senzel: Ball, Strike swinging, Senzel grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Votto grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
        • O. Albies: Albies singled to right
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Donaldson doubled to deep left, Albies to third
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
        • A. Duvall: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • P. Ervin: Ball, Ervin reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Iglesias singled to left center, Ervin to second
        • A. Aquino: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Aquino grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ervin to third, Iglesias out at second
        • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Peraza singled to left, Ervin scored
        • T. Barnhart: Strike swinging, Barnhart grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
        • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
        • M. Fried: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fried singled to left
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Fried out at second
        • O. Albies: Ball, Acuna caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • N. Senzel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Senzel lined out to right
        • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Votto flied out to center
        • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Suarez popped out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Acuna doubled to left
        • O. Albies: Ball, Albies singled to center, Acuna to third
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Freeman homered to left center, Acuna and Albies scored
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson flied out to center
        • B. McCann: McCann singled to deep right
        • A. Duvall: Ball, Foul, Ball, Duvall reached on fielder's choice to third, McCann out at second
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte popped out to third
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)