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First inning fireworks doom Teheran as Braves fall to Reds, 3-1

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Cincinnati Reds v Atlanta Braves Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

On a night when the first pitch occurred at approximately 7:10 pm ET, Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves were drawing dead by 7:21 pm ET.

Teheran, who took the ball in an effort to snap Atlanta's three-game losing skid, allowed a home run to Jay Bruce just eleven minutes into the night, and that singular swing staked the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 lead. While the game was not “over" at that point, the Braves never recovered, trailing wire-to-wire in a 3-1 defeat.

The night began with Teheran recording an out against Cincinnati leadoff hitter Zack Cozart, but the next batter, Joey Votto, reached base via a walk. Following that free pass, Brandon Phillips singled to left field, setting the stage for Bruce’s big fly. The left-handed slugger deposited Teheran’s 83 MPH offering over the right field wall, and the damage was done in the form of a three-run blast.

Offensively, it was yet another rough night at Turner Field for the home team. The Braves managed to push a run across in the bottom of the fourth inning, but it came in somewhat ironic fashion. Teheran “drove” in the run with a sacrifice bunt that scored Adonis Garcia from third, and outside of that, the offense was virtually non-existent. Atlanta did load the bases (with no outs!) in the ninth inning, but an A.J. Pierzynski strikeout and a Mallex Smith double play ended the night with a fitting thud.

Aside from the Bruce home run, Teheran was generally phenomenal in this particular spot. The right-hander allowed only a single hit (and no walks) following the first-inning bomb, and at one point, Teheran retired 17 consecutive Cincinnati batters. All told, he allowed three runs on three hits (one walk) while striking out eight, and Teheran now boasts a 2.13 ERA in his last 11 starts.

Unfortunately, his dominant work for much of this start was for naught, as the Atlanta offense could not solve Cincinnati's pitching, led by Brandon Finnegan. The Braves will have an opportunity to bounce back on Wednesday night as Bud Norris takes the mound against Anthony DeSclafani, and hopefully, Atlanta will be able to gain more traction in the third of four games against Cincinnati.

Stay tuned.