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Gray left the game with nine strikeouts. He allowed three earned runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. His ERA climbed from 2.79 to 3.28 in his fifth start.
Good start: Yasiel Puig had his own cheering section along the right-field line.
Several dozen fans gathered to support Puig, holding signs reading, “Mi amigo Puig,” “Let’s get Puiggy with it!” and “We love Puig.” Two fans even brought Cuban flags.
The group didn’t have to wait long to see their favorite player produce. Puig hit the first pitch he saw into the stands in right to give the Reds a 2-0 lead in the first.
NOTES: Robert Stephenson struck out the only two batters he faced in the sixth. He has retired 25 of the 29 batters he has faced in his last seven appearances. He lowered his ERA to 1.50. … Tucker Barnhart gave the Reds a 3-0 lead with his second home run of the season in the fourth. … The Braves stranded the tying run at third in the eighth and the ninth. Amir Garrett got a groundout to second to end the eight inning. Raisel Iglesias got a groundout to first to end the game.