By The Sports Xchange

ATLANTA — Jay Bruce, a potential trade chip for the Cincinnati Reds later this summer, is doing nothing except increase his value.

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Bruce hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran and the Reds made it stand up despite an ultra-scary ninth inning for a 3-1 victory on Tuesday night over the Braves.

Atlanta loaded the bases with no outs on two walks and a hit, but Blake Wood got out of the mess to post his first save, thanks to a strikeout and game-ending double play.

The victory gave the Reds (26-39) an 11-6 record since an 11-game losing streak. The Braves (18-46) fell to 7-27 at home and have the worst record in the majors.

The homer by Bruce was the 15th of the season for the veteran right fielder and gave him 49 RBIs. The Reds had just three hits in the game.

The blast came on one of Teheran’s few mistakes. He allowed only four base runners in seven innings, retiring 20 of the last 22 hitters he faced.

Left-hander Brandon Finnegan (3-4) worked six innings in his eighth quality start for the Reds, allowing four hits and a fourth-inning run. He struck out five, walked three and hit a batter.

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Teheran, who struck out eight and walked one, is 2-7 despite a 2.93 ERA in part because of giving up 13 homers. Six have come in his last three outings.

Teheran retired 17 straight batters before Kyle Waldrop, making his first major league start, doubled with one out in the seventh.

Joey Votto walked and Brandon Phillips singled with one out before Bruce connected for his three-run homer off Teheran in the first inning.

The left-handed hitting Bruce picked on a 2-2 slider and sent a long drive into the seats in right-center field.

It was the seventh homer given up by Teheran in a span of 51 at-bats going back to May 29 against Miami.

Teheran got on a roll after Bruce’s homer and laid down a sacrifice bunt to get the Braves a run in the fourth.

Adonis Garcia, who had singled, stole second base and moved to third on a hit by Jace Peterson, scampered home to score after Finnegan fielded the bunt and threw to first base.

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NOTES: The Reds optioned RHP Daniel Wright, who started the series opener, to Triple-A Louisville and recalled RHP J.J. Hoover from the Bats to bolster their bullpen. … The Braves called up LHP Dario Alvarez from Triple-A Gwinnett and sent RHP Ryan Weber back to the minors. … The Reds recalled INF/OF Jose Peraza from Louisville after placing INF Jordan Pacheco (right shoulder tendinitis) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 3 and sending him out on a minor league injury rehab. … Cincinnati is hopeful CF Billy Hamilton will be ready to play on Thursday when he is eligible to come off the seven-day concussion list. … Reds RHP Anthony DeSclafani (0-0, 1.50 ERA) will make his second start of the season Wednesday against RHP Bud Norris (2-7, 4.75 ERA).