- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves’ latest demonstration of their inability to hit with runners in scoring position left Julio Teheran a tough-luck loser.

Again.

Teheran was impressive after giving up Jay Bruce’s three-run homer in the first inning, but the Braves couldn’t score after loading the bases with no outs in the ninth in their 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Teheran (2-7) allowed three runs on only three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings. His ERA rose slightly to 2.93 as he retired 17 consecutive batters in a stretch that carried into the seventh.

“I know I did my job,” Teheran said. “I tried to hold everything after I gave up three runs in the first inning. It’s kind of hard to give up three runs and then go six innings scoreless.”

Atlanta native Blake Wood, the Reds’ right-handed reliever, 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.

“We dodged a bullet,” said Reds manager Bryan Price.

The wasted opportunity in the ninth left the Braves 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position. They are hitting only .170 (36 for 212) in those situations since May 19.

“It’s just not happening,” said Braves interim manager Brian Snitker of the struggling offense. “There’s nothing you can do but just keep going up there and grinding through at-bats.”

The Braves have lost four straight and 10 of 12 and have the majors’ worst record. They fell 20 games below .500 just including home games (7-27).

The Braves’ only run off Finnegan came in the fourth. Garcia singled, stole second, moved to third on Peterson’s single and scored on Teheran’s sacrifice bunt.

Brandon Finnegan (3-4) gave up four hits with three walks in five innings.

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

ROSTER MOVES

The Braves optioned right-hander Ryan Weber to Triple-A Gwinnett and recalled left-hander Dario Alvarez, who was claimed on waivers from the Mets on May 25.

SPIN CYCLE

Finnegan had his teammates in the dugout trying to hide their laughter after he took a tumble on the mound in the first. Smith was on second base when Finnegan spun around on the mound for a pickoff throw. Before he could throw, the spin sent the left-hander crashing to the mound. He smiled as he rose and regained his composure.

“When I went to turn, my left foot slipped on the rubber and my right foot got drug across the mound,” he said before laughing. “Some would call it athletic. I thought it was funny.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: INF Jordan Pacheco was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 3, with right shoulder tendinitis. Pacheco was sent to Louisville on a rehabilitation assignment.

Braves: SS Erick Aybar, hit by a pitch in his ribs in Sunday’s game, was scratched from the lineup due to soreness. X-rays were negative. He wore a heavy wrap around his chest before the game and could be held out again on Wednesday night. … RHP Shea Simmons, recovering from Tommy John surgery, has tendinitis near his shoulder. His rehab assignment with Double-A Mississippi is on hold for at least one week.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (0-0, 1.50) will make his second start of the season and his third career start against the Braves on Wednesday night. DeSclafani began the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. He is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts against Atlanta, both in 2015.

Braves: RHP Bud Norris will try to carry momentum from an impressive home win over the Cubs. Norris (2-7, 4.75) allowed only four hits and one run over seven innings in a 5-1 win over Chicago on Friday.


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