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Teheran, Braves blank Diamondbacks 3-0

ATLANTA -- Rookie Julio Teheran pitched six scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd on Chipper Jones Night at Turner Field.

Teheran (6-4) allowed four hits and struck out 10, the second time he has eclipsed double figures this season in strike outs.

Luis Avilan, Jordan Walden and Craig Kimbrel relieved and shut down the Diamondbacks as Kimbrel earned his 23rd save.

Randall Delgado (0-2) pitched well in the loss. The former Atlanta prospect allowed two runs, eight hits, three walks (two intentional) and struck out three in six innings. But he did not receive any run support. The Diamondbacks had only two runners get as far as second base.

The crowd of 48,282 arrived early for a pregame ceremony that saw the club retire the No. 10 jersey worn for 19 seasons by Jones. He had been inducted into the team's Hall of Fame at a banquet earlier in the afternoon.

The Braves scored a run in the first inning. Jason Heyward stroked a ground-rule double to left with one out and came home on Justin Upton's single. Freddie Freeman walked and the runners advanced on Brian McCann's infield out, but the inning ended when Dan Uggla struck out for the 100th time this season.

Atlanta loaded the bases in the fourth but failed to score. Uggla hit a fly ball into left field between three defenders and B.J. Upton sent a high fly to center that Gerardo Parra lost in the lights and watched helplessly as it dropped 15 feet behind his right shoulder for a double. Arizona intentionally walked Chris Johnson to load the bases, but Teheran grounded into a double play to end the threat.

Andrelton Simmons led off the bottom of the fifth with a long home run to left center, his sixth homer of the season, to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.

The Braves added an insurance run off reliever Zeke Spruill in the eighth to make it 3-0.

Uggla led off with a triple and B.J. Upton walked. After Chris Johnson struck out, pinch hitter Reed Johnson dropped a squeeze bunt in front of the plate. Uggla slid under the tag and Johnson was safe with an infield hit.

Notes: Arizona activated INF Eric Chavez, who had been sidelined with a strained right oblique since May 31. Chavez was 2-for-8 with two walks in three rehab starts with Triple-A Reno. ... The Braves had to scratch Jordan Schafer from the starting lineup because of a sore ankle. Schafer fouled a ball off an ankle Wednesday against Kansas City. ... Former Brave Martin Prado received a standing ovation when he led off the second inning. The popular Prado was part of the off-season trade that brought Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to Atlanta.

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kevin 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I keep having to repeat myself over and over. It is the low-paying new players that are doing all the winning for the Braves. Maybe one day the big shots will start contributing to the victories and stop making so many errors in the field.

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