Bruce hits 3-run HR as Finnegan, Reds beat Braves 3-1

By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) – Jay Bruce had a three-run homer in the first, Brandon Finnegan pitched six strong innings and the surging Cincinnati Reds escaped a jam in the ninth to beat the weak-hitting Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Finnegan (3-4) allowed one run and four hits with three walks.

Atlanta native Blake Wood loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth on walks to Adonis Garcia and Jace Peterson, and a single by Tyler Flowers.

Wood struck out pinch-hitter A.J. Pierzynski before getting Mallex Smith to hit into a game-ending double play for his first save.

The Reds have won nine of their last 13, including the first two games of the four-game series with the Braves.

Julio Teheran (2-7) allowed three runs and three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts for Atlanta.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s