It took ten innings on Sunday at Turner Field for the Braves to score the only run in their contest with the Reds in Atlanta to hand Cincinnati its first sweep of the season.
It only took one inning for Reds (11-14) manager Bryan Price to be ejected after a challenge by Price did not go the Reds way. Cincinnati challenged that Johnny Cueto picked off B.J. Upton, but after being reviewed, the call was upheld. Price went out to argue the ruling, but MLB rules, state the a manager cannot dispute a call after it has been reviewed, and subsequently Price was tossed. Joining him for an early trip to the clubhouse was Homer Bailey, who yelled from the dugout that umpires were wrong in their call, and was tossed while the Reds bench received a warning.
The play would turn out to not matter in the grand scheme as neither team could figure out the starters. Cueto and Julio Tehran each went eight innings and did not allow a run. Cueto struck out 11 and allowed just three Braves (17-7) hits while Tehran only struck out five, but also allowed just three hits. Even the first wave of the bullpen was untouchable as Sam LeCure and Jordan Walden pitched scoreless ninth innings for their respective squads to force extra innings.
Cincinnati was able to get something going in the tenth against David Carpenter when Ryan Ludwick and Zack Cozart singled. Ian Thomas (1-0) came on in relief of Carpenter and was able to get pinch hitter Roger Bernadina to foul out to Freddie Freeman.
J.J. Hoover (1-3) came on for LeCure and quickly retired the first two hitters, but allowed single to Jason Heyward and then Upton reached on an infield hit. With the left-handed Freeman due up, the Reds elected to go to Manny Parra. Freeman drilled the second offering from Parra just out of the reach of Billy Hamilton in center to score Heyward and give the Braves a three-game sweep of the Reds.
Cincinnati ended its road trip on a sour note to finish with a 3-4 record despite winning the last three in Pittsburgh. The Reds return home for seven straight with the Cubs and Brewers. It will be the second meeting between the Reds and Cubs this season and the first time Cincinnati gets to see the first place Brewers.