Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Julio Teheran worked six scoreless innings as
the Atlanta Braves blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-0, in the opener of a
three-game set at Turner Field.
Teheran (6-4) gave up just four hits and walked one while striking out 10 to
earn the win. Craig Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth to notch his 23rd save of
Andrelton Simmons hit a solo homer while Justin Upton and Reed Johnson added
one RBI apiece for the Braves, winners in three of their last four games.
"It is always important to start off a series with a win. That gives you two
games to work with. The idea of every series is to win two out of three. We
got one out of the way, now we just have to come back tomorrow and win,"
Randall Delgado (0-2), who spent the last two seasons with Atlanta before
he was shipped to Arizona in the Upton deal, gave up two runs on eight hits
and three walks over six frames to absorb the loss.
"It happens," Delgado said of the lack of run support. "Everyone has been
playing well and making plays at the right time. We just lost today. It is
alright, we just have to keep thinking about winning tomorrow."
The Diamondbacks have dropped four of their last five games.
Atlanta jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Jason Heyward ripped a ground-
rule double to left-center field then scored on Upton's RBI single to
Simmons opened the fifth with a solo homer, his sixth of the season, to put
the Braves on top 2-0.
Dan Uggla opened the eighth inning with a triple and B.J. Upton walked to put
runners on the corners with no outs. After Chris Johnson struck out, Reed
Johnson pushed a pinch-hit bunt up the first-base line to score Uggla.
Kimbrel issued a one-out walk to Paul Goldschmidt in the ninth, but got Miguel
Montero to ground into a double play to end the game.
Prior to the game, Atlanta retired long-time third baseman Chipper Jones'
number 10. The eight-time All-Star played 19 seasons with the club before
retiring at the end of the 2012 season ... Teheran has struck out at least
eight batters four times this season ... Arizona third baseman Martin Prado,
who spent seven seasons with the Braves before he was traded as part of the
Upton deal, went 1-for-2 with a walk ... D'backs starter Ian Kennedy will make
his first start since serving a 10-game suspension stemming from a bench-
clearing brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 14.
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