- Associated Press - Monday, June 13, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Five Braves pitchers, from starter Aaron Blair to closer Arodys Vizcaino, made it too easy for the Cincinnati Reds.

Vizcaino walked three batters in the ninth, including a bases-loaded free pass to Tyler Holt that forced in the tie-breaking run, and Atlanta lost to the Reds 9-8 on Monday night.

Braves pitchers combined for eight walks, including three straight by Blair in the third inning. His third walk also forced in a run.

“You can’t defend it,” said Braves interim manager Brian Snitker of the walks by Blair. “You can’t do anything with it. And he ended up, what, retiring the last nine out of 10. Seemed like he got tired of it and got aggressive but that’s kind of the way you’ve got to start the game.”

Blair allowed six runs on four hits and four walks in five innings, leaving his ERA at 7.59.

“It’s kind of been a roller coaster from inning to inning but hopefully in five days I can make it smooth,” Blair said.

Reds closer Tony Cingrani restored order in the ninth with three quick groundouts by Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis and Adonis Garcia.

Cingrani said he was determined he wouldn’t add more walks to the daunting collection by the two teams. He said aggressive approaches by Atlanta’s hitters helped him record quick outs.

“I wanted to come in and throw strikes and quality strikes,” Cingrani said earning his seventh save in 12 chances.

“Freeman swings at the first pitch and Markakis was up there swinging at two pitches and he grounds out. Garcia seemed like he wanted to swing it so just throw it in there and let them get themselves out. A nice, easy inning.”

Ross Ohlendorf (5-5) allowed one run in the eighth on Garcia’s tying homer.

Freeman drove in three runs with three hits, including a two-run homer off JC Ramirez in the fifth.

Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Reds.

Joey Votto hit a leadoff bloop double into shallow left field to lead off the ninth. The ball fell off third baseman Garcia’s glove as he ran with his back to the infield.

Vizcaino (1-2) struck out Brandon Phillips before issuing an intentional walk to Jay Bruce. Duvall popped out before Eugenio Suarez walked to load the bases for Holt, who walked on a 3-1 pitch.

Reds right-hander Daniel Wright, making his second career start, allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits and a walk in three innings.

FORGET IT

Reds manager Bryan Price described the game as “really odd baseball.”

“If you’re a baseball purist, I don’t think that’s one you’re going to put on a CD and save forever,” Price said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: Price said OF Billy Hamilton, on the seven-day concussion DL, had a “really good day” on Sunday. Hamilton could be cleared for game action by Thursday, when he’ll be eligible for reinstatement.

Braves: SS Erick Aybar was knocked to the ground when hit on his chest by Blake Wood’s pitch in the sixth. He needed several minutes before returning to his feet and remaining in the game. … RHP Shea Simmons, recovering from Tommy John surgery on Feb. 12, 2015, was scratched from his last injury rehab start with Double-A Mississippi on Friday as he continues to experience soreness. … LHP Eric O’Flaherty was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee strain. RHP Weber was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and gave up two runs in the sixth.

UP NEXT

Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (2-4, 3.77) will make his first career appearance against Atlanta on Tuesday night. Finnegan is tied with Dan Straily for the staff lead with seven quality starts and allowed a combined three earned runs in his last two starts.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran will look to extend his career success against the Reds. Teheran (2-6, 2.85) is 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA in four career starts against the Reds.


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