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Cincinnati at Atlanta
When: 7:35 PM ET, Monday, June 25, 2018
Where: SunTrust Park, Cumberland, Georgia

The Cincinnati Reds are soaring as they arrive in Atlanta to open a three-game series Monday with the Braves, riding a seven-game winning streak during which they are smashing homers and scoring runs at an impressive clip. Pitcher Michael Lorenzen and outfielder Jesse Winkler provided pinch-hit homers in Sunday’s 8-6 comeback victory over the Cubs, and the Reds begin the week hitting .322 as a team during the streak while averaging 7.6 runs and 11 hits per contest.

Joey Votto tallied three hits Sunday and has drawn at least one walk in 14 of his past 15 games for the Reds, while Cincinnati’s pitching staff has posted a 3.55 ERA while winning 10 of its past 12 contests. The Braves shook off a three-game losing streak Sunday, beating Baltimore 7-3 as Ozzie Albies collected three hits one day after finishing with four. Albies brings a six-game hitting streak into the contest (hitting .481 in that span), while right fielder Nick Markakis added two doubles and begins the week with a National-League best 99 hits on the season - three ahead of teammate Freddie Freeman. The National League East leaders left 25 runners on base in losing the first two games to the Oriole but enter the series batting .287 with runners in scoring position this season.

TV: 7:35 p.m. ET, FS Ohio (Cincinnati), FS Southeast (Atlanta)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Tyler Mahle (6-6, 3.89 ERA) vs. Braves RH Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.16)

Mahle has been fantastic so far in June, going 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA in four outings - two in which he did not allow a run. The 23-year-old rookie earned a no-decision against Detroit on Wednesday, striking out eight in six frames while giving up two runs - the ninth time in his past 12 starts Mahle has not surrendered more than three runs. He held the Braves to three runs on three hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts in a no-decision April 24.

Foltynewicz returns from the disabled list after experiencing right triceps tightness in a June 12 start against the New York Mets, in which he gave up two hits with six strikeouts in five scoreless innings. The 26-year-old has established himself as a potential All-Star, holding opponents to a .199 batting average while entering Sunday fourth in the NL in ERA, ninth in strikeouts (94) and ninth in WHIP (1.14). He faced Cincinnati on April 23, giving up two runs with four walks across 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision.

WALK-OFFS

1. Atlanta RHP Arodys Vizcaino, who has 15 saves but has not pitched since June 17, was placed on the disabled list Sunday (retroactive to June 21) with right shoulder inflammation.

2. The Reds and Braves split a four-game series in Cincinnati in late April, as the Reds scored 19 runs in winning the first two games before Atlanta rallied to capture the final two contests.

3. Cincinnati began Sunday leading the majors with seven grand slams and has hit four in its past 11 games.

PREDICTION: Braves 5, Reds 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Cincinnati 32-45 W7 17-23 15-22 5-11 12-23 9-10 6-1
Atlanta 44-32 W1 22-15 22-17 27-14 5-4 7-9 5-5
Last Meeting
Cincinnati Atlanta
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/26/18 ATL 7 CIN 4 .182 1 .573 .351 2 1.033
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Cincinnati J. Peraza .368 7 .768
Atlanta F. Freeman .444 8 1.444
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Cincinnati J. Votto 3 4 7
Atlanta F. Freeman 2 5 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
Cincinnati 4.85 .274 34
Atlanta 6.08 .280 31
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Cincinnati S. Gennett .332 93 .901
Atlanta N. Markakis .328 99 .882
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Cincinnati E. Suarez 16 35 58
Atlanta O. Albies 16 58 44
Pitching ERA Avg K
Cincinnati 4.78 .256 589
Atlanta 3.67 .260 680