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.