Braves Hammer Reds

Reyes gets easy first win while subbing for Smoltz
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2008 11:04 PM CDT
Braves Hammer Reds
Atlanta Braves' Kelly Johnson scores on a Yunel Escobar's double as Cincinnati Reds catcher David Ross takes the late throw in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Atlanta, Saturday, May 3, 2008.    (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Atlanta Braves made it easy for Jo-Jo Reyes to win his 2008 debut. Reyes gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings, and Atlanta broke open a close game with a six-run seventh to beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-1 last night. Reyes (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Richmond for the start in place of the injured John Smoltz, gave up four hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings.

Relievers Jeff Bennett, Will Ohman, Jorge Campillo, Blaine Boyer and Chris Resop finished with 3 2/3 perfect innings. Reds starter Matt Belisle (1-2) gave up eight hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Braves led only 2-1 on a double by Chipper Jones in the first and Yunel Escobar's single in the fifth before sending 10 batters to the plate in the seventh. (More MLB stories.)

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