AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Wisler snapped a string of four straight losses, Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a two-run homer, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Thursday.
Freeman was still hot one day after he became the first player this season to hit for the cycle. Freeman had a first-inning single before driving in Mallex Smith with the third-inning homer that landed in front of the Braves’ bullpen beyond the right-field wall.
Adam Duvall hit his 19th homer and Joey Votto had three hits for the Reds.
The Braves won back-to-back home games for only the second time this season, improving their still-dismal home record to 9-27. They won two straight at Turner Field against Miami on May 27-28.
Wisler (3-7) allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings in his first win since May 20 at Philadelphia. After lasting only four innings in each of his previous two starts, Wisler and left-hander Ian Krol helped Atlanta’s bullpen one day after nine pitchers were used in a 9-8 win over the Reds in 13 innings.
Krol threw two scoreless innings before closer Arodys Vizcaino recorded the final out.
The Braves led only 3-2 before scoring three runs in the fifth off Dan Straily (4-3). A double-steal by Smith and Ender Inciarte set up a two-run double to right field by Nick Markakis, who later scored from third on Jace Peterson’s fly ball to left field for a 6-2 lead.
Straily allowed a season-high six runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.
Reds right-hander Dayan Diaz, recalled from Triple-A Louisville before the game, allowed one unearned run on two hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Reds: RHP Raisel Iglesias (sore right shoulder) threw two perfect innings with two strikeouts in a rehab appearance with Double-A Pensacola on Wednesday night. … Right-hander A.J. Morris was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.
Reds: LHP John Lamb (1-4, 5.14) will make his first career appearance against Houston when the Reds open a series at the Astros on Friday night. Lamb is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in three June starts.