Braves pitcher Mike Minor won his fifth straight Saturday against the Mets. He's seen here in the second inning of a game against the Nationals at Turner Field. (Photo: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Mike Minor led the way with his arm and his bat for the Atlanta Braves in their 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the third tilt of a four-game series.
Minor (9-4) appeared to be in trouble early in the game when he gave up two runs in the second inning. He conceded only one hit after those two runs in seven innings of work. Minor struck out seven, while walking just one batter.
The left-hander also went 1-for-2 with a double that knocked in two runs during the bottom of the fifth inning.
Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey (5-8) struck out seven over six innings of work, but gave up four runs on 10 hits and a walk to absorb the loss.
Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-4 and knocked in a run for the Reds, who have lost five of their last seven games. Choo's single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 26th save of the season.
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