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Thursday August 25th, 2016 5:43AM

Braves manage only 3 hits, lose to Reds 1-0

By The Associated Press
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CINCINNATI -- Ervin Santana took his first loss since the All-Star break because he couldn't keep the other pitcher off base.<br /> <br /> Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and boosted Cincinnati's struggling offense by hitting a double and scoring the only run as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Saturday night.<br /> <br /> Leake (10-11) gave up a pair of hits and walked three, leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Jumbo Diaz got Tommy La Stella to hit into a forceout.<br /> <br /> "We had one chance with the guy at the plate," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's a shame we couldn't get him a win because he pitched terrific. We couldn't get him one run."<br /> <br /> Aroldis Chapman, who pitched two innings on Friday night, fanned the three batters he faced in the ninth for his 27th save in 29 chances.<br /> <br /> Leake opened the sixth with a double off Santana (13-7) and came around on Billy Hamilton's sacrifice and Brandon Phillips' two-out single. Leake has 67 career hits, the most by any pitcher in the majors since his debut in 2010.<br /> <br /> Leake made the one run just enough for the Reds, who are only 19-31 in one-run games - the most such losses in the majors.<br /> <br /> "He was getting some calls down," said Justin Upton, who went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 13 games. "That gave him some confidence to throw balls down in the zone.<br /> <br /> "(Santana) pitched really well. The other guy got run support."<br /> <br /> The Reds managed only two hits - a pair of singles by Hamilton - while losing 3-1 in 12 innings on Friday night.<br /> <br /> Santana gave up four hits and fanned seven in seven innings as he lost for the first time since the All-Star break. He was 6-0 in his last seven starts.<br /> <br /> "Ervin has been electric lately," B.J. Upton said. "Just one of those nights. We couldn't get that run."<br /> <br /> The Braves lost for only the second time in nine games. They're 5-1 against the Reds this season.<br /> <br /> The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 56 minutes by rain. There have been two postponements, one suspended game and 14 rain delays at Great American Ball Park this season totaling 17 hours, 21 minutes.<br /> <br /> Both starters got a lot of groundballs and quick outs on a muggy night.<br /> <br /> Emilio Bonifacio singled on Leake's second pitch, the Braves' only hit through six innings. Leake got 14 of the first 18 outs by way of grounders or strikeouts.<br /> <br /> Santana was equally stingy. Jack Hannahan opened the Reds' third with a single, their only hit until Leake doubled in the sixth. Ten of his first 15 outs were by grounders or strikeouts.<br /> <br /> TRAINER'S ROOM<br /> <br /> Braves: Leadoff hitter Jason Heyward got a day to rest. He'd started the last 19 games. Gonzalez plans to give someone else a rest on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Reds: 2B Brandon Phillips was hit on the side of the right hand in the fourth but stayed in the game. He's played six games since returning from a torn ligament in his left thumb suffered July 11, going 5 for 23.<br /> <br /> UP NEXT<br /> <br /> Braves: RHP Aaron Harang (10-7) faces his former team. Harang is 3-0 in four career starts against the Reds with a 2.16 ERA.<br /> <br /> Reds: RHP Alfredo Simon (12-8) tries again for his first victory since he was chosen for his first All-Star game. Simon is 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA in seven starts since the break.<br /> <br /> RAIN, RAIN ...<br /> <br /> The Reds have had a total of 20 rain delays at home and on the road this season for a combined 20 hours, 24 minutes. They've had three games postponed - two in Cincinnati because of rain, another in Colorado because of a water main break - and one suspended overnight at Great American Ball Park.<br /> <br /> STATS<br /> <br /> The crowd of 41,502 represented Cincinnati's seventh sellout crowd of the season. ... It was the 17th 1-0 game in Great American's 12-year history. ... Phillips' RBI was his first since returning from the DL. ... Leake is 3 for 6 in his last three games with a pair of doubles. He has three doubles this season.
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