Barnhart’s 3-run homer off Greene lifts Reds over Braves 6-4
ATLANTA (AP) — Tucker Barnhart hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the 10th inning off new Atlanta closer Shane Greene, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Braves 6-4 on Sunday after wasting a two-run lead in the ninth.
A day after blowing a save chance in his Braves debut, Greene (0-1) gave up four hits and three runs in one inning.
Greene was acquired from Detroit on Wednesday by the Braves, who have a comfortable NL East lead.
Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth off Amir Garrett, thumping his chest and yelling at the Braves’ dugout as he flung his bat while leaving the batter’s box after his 27th home run this season. Acuna hit a game-ending, 10th-inning single that lifted Atlanta to a 5-4 win on Saturday night.
Sonny Gray allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings and struck out seven. He escaped a based-loaded jam in in the sixth when Flowers’ grounded out.
Cincinnati built a 3-0 lead on Jesse Winker‘s RBI single in the third, Gray’s sacrifice fly in the fourth and Senzel’s run-scoring single in the fifth.
Braves starter Julio Teheran walked a season-high six, including one intentionally, in five innings.
Reds manager David Bell served the third game of a six-game suspension.
Braves: A rare break from starting for Freeman provided rookie Austin Riley with his first start at first base. Riley played in four games at first base at Triple-A Gwinnett this season before his promotion on May 15. He had no previous professional experience at first base.
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