- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Mike Leake settled down after throwing three mistake pitches in the first three innings.

That was too late to compete with Atlanta rookie David Hale.

Leake gave up three home runs early in the game and the Cincinnati Reds were shut down by Hale and the Braves 4-1 on Saturday night.

Leake (2-2) retired 11 of the last 14 batters he faced after giving up homers to Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis.

“Just pitches left where they could hit it,” Leake said. “Mistakes.”

The three homers matched the most allowed in a game by Leake, who gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings.

Leake said Freeman’s two-run homer in the first was a combination of a mistake and good hitting.

“But the other two were just center-cut mistakes,” he said.

Hale (1-0) allowed only two hits over eight innings. He gave up a walk and two hits, including Ryan Ludwick’s run-scoring double, in the first inning. He didn’t allow another hit as he faced the minimum 21 batters over the next seven innings.

“So he threw a no-hitter after that,” Ludwick said.

“He did an outstanding job. What did we have? Two hits? … Not a whole lot of offense.”

Reds manager Bryan Price said Hale “just never really gave us a chance. He pitched really well. It was very impressive.”

Cincinnati’s only other baserunner against Hale came on Jay Bruce’s leadoff walk in the fourth, and the Braves ended that inning with a double play.

Craig Kimbrel closed the combined two-hitter - a season low for the Reds - for his eighth save.

Kimbrel gave up a one-out walk to Joey Votto in the ninth before striking out Brandon Phillips and Bruce to end the game.

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