rainn.png
Thursday January 20th, 2022 3:45AM

Muller gets 1st career win, Braves beat Reds 4-0 for split

By Jeff Wallner
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

CINCINNATI (AP) — Kyle Muller earned his first career victory, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Austin Riley hit solo homers, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 on Sunday to split a four-game series.

Muller (1-1) who was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game to make his second career start, retired the first seven batters he faced and cruised through five scoreless innings, allowing one hit with a career-high nine strikeouts.

Five relievers followed Muller, with only Shane Greene allowing a hit, to complete the two-hitter. Ender Inciarte’s catch against the wall in center robbed Joey Votto of an extra-base hit off Greene in the eighth.

The Braves went 8-for-53 with runners in scoring position in the series, but a pair of two-out RBI singles by Acuña and Freddie Freeman got them on the board in the third.

Acuña’s solo homer to center, his 21st of the season, made the score 3-0 in the fifth.

Riley led off the sixth with his 13th homer of the season, his first since June 13.

The struggles continued at Great American Ball Park for right-hander Tyler Mahle (7-3), who came in with a 6.93 ERA in five starts at home and a 2.01 ERA on the road. He gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, walking one and striking out seven.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: OF Jesse Winker was held out of the lineup as a precaution after leaving Saturday’s game with a right hip contusion. He walked as a pinch-hitter in the seventh then took over in left field. ... Sonny Gray tossed three scoreless innings in his rehab start at Triple-A Louisville on Saturday and could rejoin the rotation this week. “He responded well," manager David Bell said. “Physically, everything went well, so he's on track.”

UP NEXT

The Reds continue their 11-game homestand with a makeup game against the Phillies on Monday. The teams' June 2 game was postponed due to rain. The Braves begin a six-game homestand against the Mets on Tuesday.

© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Austin Cindric holds off Ty Gibbs for Pocono Xfinity win
Austin Cindric held off a ferocious charge by part-time NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ty Gibbs to win Sunday’s Pocono Green 225. Cindric, the reigning series champion...
5:00PM ( 2 minutes ago )
Muller gets 1st career win, Braves beat Reds 4-0 for split
Kyle Muller earned his first career victory, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Austin Riley hit solo homers, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 to split a four-game series.
4:59PM ( 3 minutes ago )
Bowman zips past Larson after late flat and wins at Pocono
Alex Bowman helplessly watched teammate Kyle Larson zip past him in the waning laps at Pocono and apologized to his crew over the radio for blowing the lead.
6:00AM ( 11 hours ago )
Sports
Santillan gets 1st victory, hit to lead Reds past Braves 5-3
Tony Santillan earned his first career victory and collected his first career hit, and Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3.
11:24PM ( 2 days ago )
Surprising Hawks, Young playing like championship contenders
Trae Young and the inexperienced Atlanta Hawks seemingly aren’t feeling the pressure of playoff basketball as they try to give this franchise its first title in over six decades.
4:02PM ( 3 days ago )
Morton earns 100th win, Stroman hurt as Braves blank Mets
Charlie Morton struck out 11 in seven innings of one-hit ball for his 100th major league win, and the Atlanta Braves beat the banged-up New York Mets 3-0.
12:46AM ( 4 days ago )
Professional Sports
Braves’ Soroka tears Achilles tendon again, lost for season
Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka is facing season-ending surgery after again tearing his right Achilles tendon...
By Jeff Wallner AP Baseball Writer
5:05PM ( 23 hours ago )
Heredia stars with bat, glove as Braves beat Reds
Guillermo Heredia homered, doubled and made a defensive gem before crashing into the wall in the eighth inning in his return to Atlanta’s lineup, helping the Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Friday night...
By Jeff Wallner AP Sports Writer
11:30PM ( 1 day ago )
Santillan gets 1st victory, hit to lead Reds past Braves 5-3
Tony Santillan earned his first career victory and collected his first career hit, and Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3.
By Jeff Wallner
11:24PM ( 2 days ago )
Mets' deGrom to start vs Braves
Mets ace Jacob deGrom has been cleared to start the opener of New York's doubleheader Monday against the Atlanta Braves after dealing with right shoulder soreness, and infielder Jeff McNeil has also been activated from the injured list...
By Jake Seiner AP Baseball Writer
3:14PM ( 6 days ago )
Smyly, Acuña fuel Braves past Cards for DH split
Drew Smyly knows his first season with the Atlanta Braves hasn't gone as smoothly as he thought it would...
By George Henry AP Sports Writer
10:30PM ( 6 days ago )