By The Sports Xchange
CINCINNATI — Tucker Barnhart and Joey Votto homered, and Anthony DeSclafani allowed two runs over eight innings, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.
DeSclafani (5-0) recorded his fifth straight quality start allowing two runs and eight hits with no walks. He is undefeated since being reinstated from the disabled list on June 10.
Freddie Freeman’s 17th home run, a solo shot to the opposite field in left, put the Braves ahead 1-0 in the first. But, DeSclafani was in control from there.
Freeman’s blast was only the fifth homer allowed by DeSclafani in 43 innings. Four of them were solo shots.
Cincinnati threatened in the first inning against Braves right-hander Lucas Harrell who was facing them for the seventh time in his career, fifth as a starter. But Harrell retired the three straight batters to strand runners at first and second.
The Reds didn’t threaten again until the fifth when Harrell got Votto to fly to left, again stranding runners at first and second.
Atlanta led 2-0 after Erick Aybar doubled and scored on Chase d’Arnaud’s single in the fifth.
But, Cincinnati finally broke through against Harrell in the sixth when Jose Peraza singled with runners on second and third driving in two runs to tie the score 2-2.
Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski claimed he applied the tag before Eugenio Suarez’s hand swiped home plate with the second run. But a replay review lasting three minutes and 10 seconds confirmed the safe call.
Barnhart crushed his fourth home run of the season into the right-field seats moments later to put Cincinnati ahead 4-2.
Harrell (1-2) allowed four earned runs and seven hits in six innings.
Votto hit a two-run homer off Ian Krol in the seventh inning to increase the Reds’ lead to 6-2. It was Votto’s 16th homer this season.
Krol allowed two runs and four hits in an inning of work.
Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia homered for the third straight game with his seventh of the season leading off the ninth inning against Ross Ohlendorf. It was the 19th homer allowed by the Reds’ bullpen this year.
NOTES: Reds RHP Keyvius Sampson is expected to start Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks. … Reds manager Bryan Price said if all goes well with his next one or two rehab starts, RHP Homer Bailey could return to the rotation by the end of the month. … Braves C A.J. Pierzynski started behind the plate on Wednesday. Anthony Recker started the first two games of the series. … Reds LF Adam Duvall was given a day off. Jose Peraza started in left field.