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ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 26: David Hale #57 of the Atlanta Braves throws a second inning pitch against the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field on April 26, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Final: Braves 4 Reds 1 boxscore
*Ryan Ludwick 2-out RBI 2B in 1st, just missed 3-run HR, 1-0 Reds.
*Braves rookie RHP David Hale was spectacular: 8 IN, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K.
Hale allowed 2 H, R in 1st, then retired 21 of 22...Reds had no clue what to do with his breaking ball.
*Reds without Frazier and Mesoraco (DL) in starting lineup.
*Leake & the longball:
Freddie Freeman 2-run HR 1st, 2-1 Braves.
Back-to-Back: Justin Upton HR 3rd, Evan Gattis HR 3rd, 4-1 Braves.
*3 HR's ties career high for Leake (July 19, 2013)
*Leake: 7 IN, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 4 K.
*Parra/Christiani scoreless 8th. 8.1 consecutive scoreless innings by Reds bullpen.
*Ludwick went over wall to rob HR by Freeman in 3rd.
*Ludwick and Phillips only hits for Reds, Bruce only 2 BB.
*Hamilton-Pena-Cozart-Soto: 0 for 13.
*9th inning: Votto worked 11-pitch BB vs Craig Kimbrel...Phillips and Bruce K on 3 pitches each.
*Reds now 11-13.
*Reds sent Johnny Cueto to mound Sunday trying to avoid a sweep, trying to finish road trip 6-4 instead of 5-5. He will be opposed by RHP Julio Teheran.
*Reds now 7 games back of Brewers, after Milwaukee beat Chicago 5-3.
*Last time Reds were at least 7 games out of 1st place in April was April 22, 2003.
*Only Houston (8.5), Pittsburgh (8.5) and Cubs (10.5) are more games out of 1st place than Reds in MLB.

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ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 26: Ryan Ludwick #48 of the Cincinnati Reds makes a catch against the wall during the 3rd inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 26, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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