Hale dominates as Braves shut down Reds, 4-1

CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer Published:

ATLANTA (AP) -- Rookie right-hander David Hale allowed only two hits over eight innings in a performance that may not be enough to save his spot in Atlanta's rotation and the Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 on Saturday night.

Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis each homered off Cincinnati's Mike Leake (2-2).

Hale gave up a walk and two hits, including Ryan Ludwick's run-scoring double, in the first inning. He didn't allow another hit as he faced the minimum 21 batters over the next seven innings.

Cincinnati's only other baserunner against Hale came on Jay Bruce's leadoff walk in the fourth, and the Braves ended that inning with a double play.

Hale (1-0) has a 2.31 ERA in four starts but could lose his spot in the rotation next week, when left-hander Mike Minor is expected to come off the disabled list.

Kimbrel gave up a one-out walk to Joey Votto in the ninth before striking out Brandon Phillips and Bruce to end the game.

Freeman hit a two-run homer in the first inning. Upton and Gattis hit back-to-back homers in the third.

Ludwick reached over the left-field wall to take another homer away from Freeman in the third inning.

The three homers matched the most allowed in a game by Leake, who gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings.

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