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Braves open series vs. Twins with rout, 4th straight win

Braves slugger Dan Uggla, left, celebrates with teammate Freddie Freeman after Uggla smashed a first-inning, three-run home run to give Atlanta all the cushion it would need to beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-0, on Monday night at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Braves slugger Dan Uggla, left, celebrates with teammate Freddie Freeman after Uggla smashed a first-inning, three-run home run to give Atlanta all the cushion it would need to beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-0, on Monday night at Turner Field in Atlanta.

ATLANTA — Rookie Julio Teheran allowed only one run in 8 1/3 innings and Atlanta won its fourth straight game Monday, beating Minnesota, 5-1, at Turner Field.

It was the longest stint of Teheran’s young career. He allowed just five hits, struck out four and walked one. Minnesota’s Josh Willingham spoiled his shutout bid with a solo home run with one out in the ninth. Teheran was removed after allowing a hit to Trevor Plouffe, having thrown 123 pitches, 80 of them strikes.

Teheran (3-1) got offensive support for a change. He entered the game receiving only 2.7 runs of support in seven previous starts, but the Braves struck for four runs in the first inning and gave the right-hander plenty of breathing room.

Left-hander Luis Avilan retired one batter in the ninth and right-hander Cory Gearrin retired Oswaldo Arcia on one pitch to end the game to record his first save.

Minnesota starter Kevin Correia (4-4) lost for the third time in four starts and the Twins dropped their sixth straight.

The Braves scored four runs in the first inning. Freddie Freeman hit an RBI single to center field, and Dan Uggla followed one out later with a long three-run homer to left. It was Uggla’s eighth home run and his first since May 8 at Cincinnati.

Atlanta tacked on another run in the fifth inning when Juan Francisco doubled, took third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrelton Simmons.

Correia lasted only four innings, the first time this season he had failed to pitch five innings. He gave up a season-high five runs on eight hits.

NOTES: The Twins recalled LHP Caleb Thielbar and optioned LHP Pedro Hernandez to Triple-A Rochester. Thielbar had a 3.76 ERA in 17 relief appearances for the Red Wings. It is his first promotion to the major leagues. Hernandez (2-1, 5.85 ERA) appeared in eight games, six as a starter. … Minnesota is playing its first regular-season series in Atlanta. … Braves 3B Juan Francisco had struck out seven consecutive times before a first-inning single Monday. … Atlanta LHP Eric O’Flaherty will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery Tuesday. Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 11 months, 1 week ago

'91...ugh!

Kent Hrbek...ugh!

Kirby Puckett...ugh!

Jack Morris...ugh!

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The_Dude 11 months, 1 week ago

This Twins team is nowhere near as good as then. Anything less than a sweep is disheartening.

Speaking of '91, I still say Chuck Knoblauch's fake catch and throw that held Lonnie Smith at second for a split second and cost the Braves a run in the extra innings won that World Series. Nobody ever talks about it, but it was a huge play -- and against baseball rules, too.

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