Recap: Atlanta vs. Cincinnati

The Sports NetworkApril 25, 2014 

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Hale allowed one run over eight innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday in the second test of a three-game series.

Hale (1-0) gave up two hits and walked two while striking out four. Craig Kimbrel worked around a one-out walk in the ninth to pick up his eighth save of the season.

Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the first inning, while Justin Upton and Evan Gattis belted back-to-back blasts in the third. Upton finished 3- for-3 in the win, Atlanta's third in a row and fourth in its last five games.

Ryan Ludwick had the Reds' only extra base hit with an RBI double and starter Mike Leake (2-2) allowed four runs on eight hits over seven innings.

Cincinnati got on the board with two outs in the first inning. Brandon Phillips singled up the middle, Jay Bruce then walked before a double from Ryan Ludwick plated Phillips.

The Braves responded in the bottom half after B.J. Upton picked up an infield single that was just out of the reach of Leake and not hard enough for Zack Cozart to make a play on. The hit was the 1,000th hit of Upton's career. Freeman then went deep to right-center.

Atlanta tacked on two more in the third with back-to-back home runs. With two- outs, Justin Upton hit a bomb to center before Gattis went deep to left to put the Braves ahead 4-1. Freeman was robbed of a homer by Ludwick before the back-to-back blasts, saving Leake from allowing three straight round-trippers.

After allowing a run in the first Hale set down 21 of the next 22 batters he faced from the second through the eighth. He didn't allow a hit during that span and the only Reds player to reach base was Bruce, who walked in the fourth.

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