Albies wins it for Braves with solo homer in 11th inning

Albies wins it for Braves with solo homer in 11th inning

ATLANTA (AP) – Ozzie Albies hit a tiebreaking homer in the 11th inning off Dylan Floro and the Atlanta Braves snapped the Cincinnati Reds’ seven-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory on Monday night.

Albies knocked Floro’s first pitch, a changeup, into the right-field seats. Albies doubled twice and scored two runs before hitting Atlanta’s fifth game-ending homer this season.

Rain delayed the start of the game by 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Atlanta Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte (11) rounds second base as he scores from first on an Ozzie Albies’ double in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Monday, June 25, 2018, in Atlanta.(AP photo/John Bazemore)

The NL East-leading Braves have won eight of 12. They improved to 2-8 in extra innings.

Luke Jackson (1-0), the seventh Atlanta pitcher, faced four batters in the 11th to earn the win. Floro (0-1) was the Reds’ sixth pitcher.

Braves reliever Lucas Sims blew a two-run lead in the sixth, allowing three straight singles, issuing a bases-loaded walk and giving up an RBI groundout to pinch-hitter Adam Duvall that made it 3-all.

Scott Schebler doubled to begin the seventh, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and made it 4-3 on Joey Votto’s RBI groundout. The Braves tied it at 4-all in the seventh on Danny Santana’s RBI double.

Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz, reinstated from the disabled list with right triceps tightness, allowed one run, one hit and four walks in five innings. He struck out four while throwing 91 pitches.

Foltynewicz gave up his first hit to Schebler, whose 10th homer cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth. Over his last eight starts, Foltynewicz has a 0.96 ERA.

Reds starter Tyler Mahle loaded the bases with no out in the fifth before a groundout put the Braves up 3-1. Mahle gave up hits, three runs and four walks with five strikeouts in five innings.

Cincinnati was coming off a four-game home sweep of the Chicago Cubs and had won 10 of 12, but they began the night still stuck in last place in the NL Central, four games out of fourth place.

MOVING UP

Markakis, the NL hits leader, singled in the third to reach 100 hits. He leads the league in doubles and multi-hit games and ranks second to Cincinnati’s Scooter Gennett in batting average. Markakis went 2 for 4.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds INF Nick Senzel, the No. 2 overall draft pick of 2016, had season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right index finger. He suffered the injury on Friday with Triple-A Louisville. In 44 games at Triple-A Louisville, Senzel hit .310 with six homers and 25 RBIs.

Braves LF Ronald Acuna Jr., sidelined since May 28 with a left knee sprain and bruises to his knee and lower back, will move down in the batting order when he returns from a rehab assignment later this week. He batted in the No. 2 hole in 25 of his 29 games before getting hurt. Manager Brian Snitker likes how Inciarte and Albies are complementing each other in the top two spots.

UP NEXT

Reds RHP Matt Harvey (2-5, 5.66 ERA) will make his ninth start for Cincinnati since getting traded from the New York Mets on May 8. He is 2-3 with a 4.79 ERA with the Reds and is 3-7 with a 5.27 ERA in 12 career starts and one relief appearance against Atlanta.

Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-1, 2.55 ERA) will face the Reds for the first time since 2015. He is 2-1 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts this month.

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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (26) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Monday, June 25, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP photo/John Bazemore)

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Scott Schebler (43) connects on a solo-home run in the fifth Inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, June 25, 2018, in Atlanta.(AP photo/John Bazemore)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle (30) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, June 25, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Braves’ Danny Santana (23) is tagged out by Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (16) after being caught in a rundown between third base and home on an Ender Inciarte ground ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP photo/John Bazemore)

Fans take cover from the rain as they wait for the start of a baseball game between Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves Monday, June 25, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP photo/John Bazemore)

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