ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, Adam Duvall went deep again and Max Fried pitched six strong innings to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Thursday night in a game that was cut short by heavy rain.
Fried threw one pitch in the top of the seventh before a line of strong thunderstorms swept across SunTrust Park, forcing the umpires to hastily call out the grounds crew. Nearly two hours after play was halted, lightning continued to crackle across the sky and sheets of rain turned the warning track into a muddy mess.
With no sign of the storm letting up, the game was finally called.
Fried (12-4) breezed to this third straight win, surrendering just four hits. After Jose Peraza’s RBI single in the second, the left-hander retired 11 straight hitters before Nick Senzel reached on catcher’s interference.
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafini (6-6) trailed 3-0 before he got his first out. Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the bottom half of the first with a double and moved over to third on Ozzie Albies’ single. Then, after fouling off three straight two-strike pitches, Freeman went the opposite way for his 26th homer of the season.
Duvall struck out with the bases loaded in the third, but he resumed his torrid streak leading off the sixth against his former team. On Wandy Peralta’s fourth pitch after replacing DeSclafini, Duvall launched a 434-foot drive over the center-field wall for his fifth homer in six games since being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Reds: C Curt Casali is making progress from a right knee injury but isn’t sure when he’ll return. He went on the 10-day IL last weekend.
Braves: SS Dansby Swanson (foot) will likely come off the IL this weekend. … OF Nick Markakis watched the game from the Braves dugout with a cast on his wrist. He is expected to be out at least until mid-September.
Braves RHP Kevin Gausman (3-6, 5.97) will look to bounce back from a tough start when he goes Friday against Cincinnati LHP Alex Wood (0-0, 3.86). Gausman went six innings in his last appearance at Philadelphia, surrendering six runs on nine hits in a 9-4 loss. Wood, who remained with the Reds amid reports that he might be dealt before the trade deadline, will be making his second start after missing much of the season with an injured back.
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