Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons reacts after he was called out on an infield fly rule during the eighth inning. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/US PRESSWIRE)
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Andrelton Simmons hit two home runs and drove in four runs as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 7-4, in the opener of a three-game series.
Jordan Schafer knocked a solo shot while Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis had an RBI apiece for the Braves, who have won just seven of their last 18 games after starting the season 12-1.
Braves starter Paul Maholm (4-3) had six strikeouts and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his tenth save.
Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each drove in one run for the Reds, who saw starter Bronson Arroyo (2-4) give up four runs on eight hits and two walks over five frames.
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