CINCINNATI — — Max Fried argues for a spot on the All Star Game roster with a group of his teammates.
Fried won his eighth straight decision after losing in his first two outings, allowing one run in seven innings in the Atlanta Braves’ 9-1 rout of the dismal Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
The 28-year-old southpaw was 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA in June for the World Series champions.
“Just kind of embracing who I am as a pitcher,” Fried said. “I just try to mix up the gears and get soft contact and not always chase a strikeout.”
Although Fried admitted he didn’t have his best equipment, the Reds weren’t a problem. He allowed five hits with four strikeouts and no walks. After allowing Tommy Pham’s RBI single in the third, Fried has given up 10 straight and 11 of his last 13.
austin riley put Atlanta ahead to stay with its team-high 19th homer, first-inning two-run shot. Dansby Swanson added a three-run homer for the Braves, who are 22-6 since the start of June and 3½ games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets.
“Their formation took control of the game,” Reds manager David Bell said. “You have to look at what Fried did for them. He really succeeded in shutting us up.
Ronald Acuña Jr., the National League’s top All-Star player, was back in the Braves’ roster after fouling a left-footed throw last Saturday and missing four games. He went 2 for 3 as the designated hitter and was hit twice by pitches.
Riley hit a two-run homer in the first against Mike Minor (1-5), Riley’s first long fly since hitting two against Washington on June 15. Riley added a single in the ninth against Jeff Hoffman.
Minor allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, his first quality start this season. Atlanta had seven runs off the bullpen at Cincinnati, which entered with a 5.69 ERA, nearly a point more than any other team. Swanson defeated Joel Kuhnel.
“With the bullpen, we have to keep working with our guys, stick with them,” Bell said. “This game is tough and it seems like an eternity when you go through it, but it can turn around quickly.”
In the eighth, Adam Duvall had an RBI double and Orlando Arcia hit a two-run single against Luis Cessa.
“Mike was doing a good job against us, keeping everyone off balance,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s one of those stadiums where you never feel comfortable. It’s like you have to keep scoring because you never really feel good with a lead here. I’ve seen some many disappear over the years, so it was good that we kept adding more.
Cincinnati has lost nine straight at Great American Ball Park and is the worst NL 26-50. It is the worst home losing streak at the stadium, which replaced Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field in 2003. The Reds lost eight straight home games in 2015 and nine in a row in May-June 2001 in the former stadium.
The Reds expect to remove LHP Nick Lodolo (back pain) from the injured list and start him Tuesday against the Mets. He has been absent since the end of April.
Braves: Activated RHP Silvino Bracho after acquiring him from Boston for cash. Bacho pitched a scoreless ninth on Friday night. … RHP option Jesus Cruz to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Reds: Rehab assignment transferred from RHP Justin Dunn from Class-A Dayton to Triple-A Louisville.
The Braves send RH Spencer Strider (3-2, 3.02 ERA) against the Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (3-6, 4.53 ERA) on Saturday. Strider allowed five hits in six scoreless innings in a loss to the Dodgers last Sunday. Mahle matched his season-high in 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and four hits in Sunday’s win at San Francisco.