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Braves blank Reds to earn series split

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Julio Teheran kept Cincinnati guessing over six strong innings to help the Atlanta Braves blank the Reds 5-0 in the finale of their four-game series.

Teheran (3-1) limited Cincinnati to three hits and two walks while striking out six to get back in the win column. Atlanta lost his previous two starts after winning three straight to start the season.

"We all expected it, to be honest with you," said Kelly Johnson. "He's got some good stuff. He's a great pitcher and he looked locked in."

Johnson and Jonny Gomes homered, while the No. 2 thru 6 hitters in Atlanta's lineup all scored one run.

The Braves beat up Reds starter Johnny Cueto (2-3), who surrendered five runs on nine hits over six innings. They blitzed him in the first inning, with Andrelton Simmons and Freddie Freeman hitting back-to-back doubles before Johnson's two-run homer made it 3-0.

Then in the third, Gomes smacked the first pitch he saw over the wall in left for a solo shot.

Jace Peterson led off the sixth inning with a single, advanced on a balk and scored to pad the cushion when Cameron Maybin laced a single to center.

Cincinnati's best chance came in the second inning, when Brennan Boesch followed Brandon Philips' two-out walk with a single to right. But Teheran got Brayan Pena to line out to end the threat.

"Any time you see a number one starter like (Teheran), it's going to be a tough game," said Philips. "Today just wasn't everybody's day on our team."

The Reds never put a runner on third base.

Game Notes

Each team took two games in the series ... Reds shortstop Zack Cozart left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with bloody right hand, which he injured trying to field a ground ball.