Greene’s last 2 innings haven’t gone as well as the first 39, a reminder of the volatility of relievers and the limited data we have to assess them (as was Luke Jackson in the other direction on Saturday.) Still, the need to add the likes of Greene, Chris Martin, and Mark Melancon is well documented, and too early to judge.
The Reds opened by scratching out a run each in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings off Julio Teheran, aided by his 6 walks and a hit batter as much as by the 3 hits he allowed. Sonny Gray‘s contribution to the series split was 7 innings of 4 hit, 0 run ball, walking 4 and striking out 7.
The Braves fared better when Gray left, beginning when Josh Donaldson led off the 8th with a home run off Lucas Sims. That, along with 4 shutout innings from the bullpen (2 hitless from Sean Newcomb,) set the stage for Acuna. Amir Garrett was attempting to close, but walked pinch hitter Freddie Freeman with 1 out. Demonstrably angry after a called strike 2, Acuna then lined his homer into the right field seats.
The Braves had a chance to end it when Ozzie Albies followed with a single, then went to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw from Robert Stephenson. But after a Josh Donaldson intentional walk, Adam Duvall struck out, and pinch-hitter Brian McCann grounded out. Tyler Flowers homered with 2 out in the 10th to conclude the scoring.
The Braves remain 7 games in front of the Nationals and Phillies, and travel to Minnesota to play Monday at 8:10 Eastern. Mike Soroka and Jake Odorizzi scheduled.