Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teheran Puts Silencer on Bats; Atlanta Records Its 10th Victory Braves 3, Pirates 1

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teheran Puts Silencer on Bats; Atlanta Records Its 10th Victory Braves 3, Pirates 1

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All things considered, it seemed almost inevitable the Atlanta Braves would one day get win No. 10.

It came to pass Wednesday night before a sparse crowd of 18,201 at PNC Park, where right-hander Julio Teheran silenced the Pirates over 7? scoreless innings. The Braves defeated the Pirates, 3-1, to improve to 10-29 and give new manager Brian Snitker his first win in the majors.

The Pirates (21-18), leaders of a 21-hit parade Tuesday, hit a number of baseballs on the screws but managed just six hits in the game. They narrowly avoided their first shutout when Jung Ho Kang homered off reliever Arodys Vizcaino with one out in the ninth.

Teheran allowed five hits, struck out three and won his first game in nine starts this season.

"Oh my gosh, this guy threw strikes all night long," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Teheran, who threw 91 pitches. "He just pitched a really, really good ballgame."

The Pirates had won each of the previous 13 home games started by left-hander Francisco Liriano. He threw seven innings of two-run baseball but was saddled with his third loss.

Liriano, who was 1 for 2 to raise his batting average to .333, admitted it was "a little" frustrating to see the Pirates offense dry up after back-to-back big nights. But, he added, "we're not going to score a lot of runs every day. We battled but couldn't score when we wanted to."

Kang's solo home run was his fifth in 10 starts since returning from the disabled list.

Since Kang's knee injury in September occurred when he was at second base attempting to turn a double play, there was a collective sigh of relief in the first inning Wednesday when Kang, now a third baseman, covered second in a shifted infield and smoothly turned a double play.

"As soon as that ball's hit, I go, 'This is going to be interesting,' " Hurdle said. " 'Jung Ho is going to flip this thing over there. He's going to have to make a play.' Obviously, you saw no hesitation. It was a very athletic play."

A friendly bounce in the third inning set up the Braves' first run. Daniel Castro grounded a ball back up the middle that clipped the back of Liriano's right leg as he whirled trying to avoid it. …

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