ATLANTA (AP) — Unable to command his pitches efficiently in the first inning, Kevin Correia knew he was in trouble.
"I didn't throw the ball real great tonight," Correia said. "As far as this season, I think that was the only start that I didn't feel like I had good command of something I could go with."
Correia had his shortest and least effective outing of the season, and the Minnesota Twins suffered their season-high sixth straight defeat in a 5-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
Braves starter Julio Teheran (3-1) gave up five hits, one run — Josh Willingham's homer in the ninth — and one walk. He struck out four, throwing 80 of his 123 pitches for strikes.
Cory Gearrin needed two pitches to earn his first career save on pinch-hitter Oswaldo Arcia's flyout.
Before the ninth, the Twins scratched out just three hits against Teheran, a 22-year-old in his first full season.
"He didn't give us much breathing room," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We didn't have too many shots at him. A nice performance by him and a frustrating one for us."
The previous longest career outing for Teheran was seven innings, a mark he reached in a no-decision April 29 against Washington and a May 9 victory at San Francisco.
After rallying in the late innings to win three straight from the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, Atlanta jumped on Correia (4-4) early.
"He said it — his arm was dragging tonight," Gardenhire said. "He just couldn't get the whip in it, couldn't get the ball where he wanted to, I think. Normally he's really good locating the baseball, and he was up."
In the first, Freddie Freeman had an RBI single, and Uggla hit his eighth homer, a three-run shot, to make it 4-0.
Juan Francisco led off the fourth with a double, moved to third on Teheran's sacrifice bunt and scored on Andrelton Simmons' sacrifice fly for a 5-0 lead.
Correia had his shortest outing in nine starts this season. In four innings, he allowed eight hits, a season-high five runs and one walk.
Correia recorded no strikeouts for the first time this year and the first time as a starter since April 29, 2012, when he and the Pittsburgh Pirates lost in Atlanta.
"I didn't have real good command of pretty much anything, really," Correia said. "I was kind of getting away with it there after the first. I was able to kind of weasel my way through a couple innings, I guess."