- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Talk about bouncing back.

Julio Teheran rebounded from the shortest start of his career with a six-hitter, leading the Atlanta Braves past the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 Tuesday night.

Justin Upton homered and had three RBIs, but Teheran (3-3) was the star of the night. He turned in his second shutout of the season, just six days after lasting only 3 1-3 innings in a 10-4 loss at San Francisco.

“He’s proving himself to be the ace of the team,” said Andrelton Simmons, who also homered for the Braves. “He had a bad outing. That’s the best way to bounce back - a shutout.”

It was another laugher in the matchup between first-place teams, the Braves jumping ahead with three runs in the third and cruising to victory after opening the series with a 9-3 rout.

The Brewers have lost four in a row overall, their longest skid of 2014.

Teheran pitched his first career shutout last month, beating Philadelphia 1-0 with a three-hitter. This time, he was on the verge of getting pulled when he gave up a pair of singles in the ninth inning, putting runners at first and third and one out. But he struck out pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez, the latter with a 92 mph fastball on Teheran’s 128th pitch.

“I forgot about that last game,” the right-hander said, “and concentrated on this one.”

Upton had a two-run single in the third and his 12th homer in the fifth, a solo shot.

Yovani Gallardo (2-3) took a painful loss. He left the game in the fourth after twisting his left ankle jumping for a high chopper up the middle, extending his winless streak to more than six weeks.

Gallardo hasn’t been credited with a win since April 6 at Boston, his second start of the season. Since then, he is 0-3 with five no-decisions, despite allowing no more than four earned runs in any of those appearances.

At least the X-rays were negative. He is day-to-day with a sprained ankle.

“We’ll see about the next start,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “It’s questionable.”

Simmons put the Braves ahead in the third with his fourth homer, a drive into the left-field seats. He was in the middle of things again in the fourth, pulling off a heads-up play on the basepaths.

After B.J. Upton worked Gallardo for a walk, Simmons hit a high bouncer off second base, the ball rolling into short left field. Second baseman Scooter Gennett chased it down, then lazily threw it in toward third base. Simmons took off for second and appeared to get a hand in ahead of the tag with a tumbling slide.

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