Bullpen costs Braves in loss to lowly Reds

Updated 6 hours ago
Dansby Swanson of the Atlanta Braves slides at third base ahead of the throw to Cliff Pennington of the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning of a game at Great American Ball Park on April 23, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Swanson scored after the ball got away from Pennington. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

A familiar story occurred Monday night in Cincinnati: Another bullpen collapse instigated by a leadoff walk cost the Braves.

The Braves fell to the Reds, 10-4, after the sixth inning opened the scoring floodgates.

The Reds loaded the bases with none out in the sixth against reliever Sam Freeman, who allowed a single between two walks. The combination of Freeman, Peter Moylan and Jesse Biddle was unable to limit the damage as five Reds crossed home. The Reds broke open a 2-2 tie with the rally. 

It was the first time the Reds held a lead since April 16 against the Brewers. After they added three runs in the eighth, their 10 runs matched a season-high set that same night. The Reds entered Monday a franchise-worst 3-18 with MLB's third-worst run differential. 

Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz had spotty command again, but managed to avoid getting hit hard until Scott Schebler's two-run homer in the fifth. He went 4-2/3 innings, giving up three hits, walking four and striking out seven.

The Braves scored their first run after Ender Inciarte singled and Reds left fielder Adam Duvall's poor throw to third allowed Dansby Swanson to score. 

Outfielder Nick Markakis homered for the Braves, his fourth of the year. 

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