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Teheran, JUpton lead Braves past Brewers 5-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm •  Published: May 20, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Talk about bouncing back.

Julio Teheran rebounded from the shortest start of his career with a six-hitter, leading the Atlanta Braves past the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 Tuesday night.

Justin Upton homered and had three RBIs, but Teheran (3-3) was the star of the night. He turned in his second shutout of the season, just six days after lasting only 3 1-3 innings in a 10-4 loss at San Francisco.

"He's proving himself to be the ace of the team," said Andrelton Simmons, who also homered for the Braves. "He had a bad outing. That's the best way to bounce back — a shutout."

It was another laugher in the matchup between first-place teams, the Braves jumping ahead with three runs in the third and cruising to victory after opening the series with a 9-3 rout.

The Brewers have lost four in a row overall, their longest skid of 2014.

Teheran pitched his first career shutout last month, beating Philadelphia 1-0 with a three-hitter. This time, he was on the verge of getting pulled when he gave up a pair of singles in the ninth inning, putting runners at first and third and one out. But he struck out pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez, the latter with a 92 mph fastball on Teheran's 128th pitch.

"I forgot about that last game," the right-hander said, "and concentrated on this one."

Upton had a two-run single in the third and his 12th homer in the fifth, a solo shot.

Yovani Gallardo (2-3) took a painful loss. He left the game in the fourth after twisting his left ankle jumping for a high chopper up the middle, extending his winless streak to more than six weeks.

Gallardo hasn't been credited with a win since April 6 at Boston, his second start of the season. Since then, he is 0-3 with five no-decisions, despite allowing no more than four earned runs in any of those appearances.

At least the X-rays were negative. He is day-to-day with a sprained ankle.

"We'll see about the next start," manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's questionable."

Simmons put the Braves ahead in the third with his fourth homer, a drive into the left-field seats. He was in the middle of things again in the fourth, pulling off a heads-up play on the basepaths.

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