CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Atlantas rallies came so often and went so long that manager Fredi Gonzalez worried his starter would lose his touch while sitting on the bench. Thats a good problem to have. Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bases-loaded single during Atlantas decisive third inning, and the Braves extended their offensive resurgence with an 8-0 victory over the fading Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night. Atlanta sent 11 batters to the plate in the third for five runs. Jason Heyward got it started with a single off David Holmberg (0-1) and drew a bases-loaded walk that finished the rally. Upton singled home a pair of runs during the inning and later added a sacrifice fly. "We got on em early," said Freddie Freeman, who walked, was hit by a pitch twice and scored a pair of runs. "We got on base for the middle of the lineup, and Justins been awesome." Julio Teheran (12-9) went six innings and allowed four hits by the Reds, who have lost six in a row. His biggest problem was staying loose while the Braves offence had its way with Cincinnati. "Julio was good," Gonzalez said. "It was tough to pitch today. We had some long innings and he was sitting on the bench for a long time. But he kept his concentration." Teheran went into the clubhouse and stretched while the innings went on and on. "It was difficult," Teheran said. "I was trying to stay warm and trying to stay loose." The Braves have won six of their last seven games, scoring at least seven runs four times. They remain seven games behind Washington in the NL East, the product of their 15-18 mark since the All-Star break. Cincinnati fell a season-high 10 1/2 games back -- its biggest deficit since the end of the 2011 season -- with its 11th loss in its last 13 games. The Reds are 10-23 since the All-Star break, tumbling out of playoff contention. Holmberg retired only eight batters. The left-hander gave up six runs and five hits, walked four and hit two batters in his second start for Cincinnati. Andrelton Simmons hit his seventh homer in the second inning to put Atlanta ahead. He also drove in a run with a groundout. Skip Schumaker pitched the ninth for Cincinnati, walking one and throwing a fastball that hit 90 mph on the radar gun. It was the utility players fourth career pitching performance. TRAINERS ROOM Braves: Gonzalez was waiting for a medical update on right-hander Shae Simmons, who had to quit throwing at Triple-A Gwinnett because the back of his pitching shoulder was bothering him. Reds: Manager Bryan Price said 1B Joey Votto has started jogging, but isnt doing any baseball-related activities. Votto has been on the DL since July 8 with strained muscles above his left knee. UP NEXT Braves: LHP Mike Minor (5-8) won both of his starts against the Reds last season, allowing three runs in 14 innings. Reds: RHP Mat Latos (4-3) is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his last four starts. He is making his 13th start in a season cut short by two injuries. MOVES The Reds sent struggling relievers J.J. Hoover and Carlos Contreras to Triple-A Louisville. They brought up Holmberg and right-hander Pedro Villarreal, who relieved Holmberg in the third inning. Villarreal also singled in the third for his first big league hit. OVERTURNED Heyward got a single to open the five-run third inning when the Braves challenged a call that Schumaker had made a diving, backhand catch of his sinking liner to left field. The replay showed the ball was trapped and the call was overturned. And the big inning had begun. STRUGGLES TIMES TWO Holmberg, acquired in the Ryan Hanigan trade, has faced 37 batters during his two starts and allowed 21 of them to reach base: 12 hits, seven walks, two hit batters, four homers. Adidas Climacool 02/17 For Sale
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. Hi Kerry, In the second period of the Ottawa-Columbus game, Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov had the puck and had his head down and Senators defenceman Eric Gryba threw a big body check on him. Anisimov was down and stayed that way for a few minutes. Gryba got a match penalty and a game misconduct for the hit, though most hockey fans Ive seen on social media (and commentators and analysts) deemed it a clean hit. I thought it was clearly a full body check with no intent and the one official was looking right at the play with a good view and didnt call anything until afterwards. I dont get it. I know its hard for the officials to make that call since hockey plays happen so fast. But since this official saw the play happen from a good angle, I have no idea how he didnt see what actually happened. Couldnt the official who saw it just say it was a clean hit to the other official and linesmen? If you were the ref that was looking at the play as it happened, what would you have done? Thoughts on the play? Thank you for your time, Haleigh J. -- Haleigh: While I am certainly concerned for the health and well-being of Artem Anisimov I, like you, see this as a legal body check in both the setup and execution of the hit delivered by Eric Gryba. Let me attempt to clarify your question as to why the referee called a match penalty from what you describe as, from a good angle. Referee Justin St. Pierre, backing up through the bottom of the end zone face-off circle, processed the visual information he received on the play and did react to the hit by raising his arm to call a penalty before the scrum developed. From this position, given the speed of the play, St. Pierre must have determined in the momentary aftermath of the hit that an illegal check to the head had been delivered. This is reasonable for the ref to determine given his angle (looking through the back of Gryba) and more so by the physical possture and reaction of both players following the contact.dddddddddddd. Grybas body naturally elevated as a result of impact and Anisimovs out of control fall and loss of his helmet provided the ref with incriminating imagery burnt into his mind in that moment. The time delay that resulted from the altercation that took place following the check, coupled with the fact that Anisimov required medical attention to remove him from the ice elevated the refs perception of the play to a match penalty. My take is considerably different. As you suggested, Anisimov had his head down and was looking back toward the puck with his body in a lowered posture. In setting up to make a legal check, Gryba mirrored his opponent by lowering his body posture as well with the intent to make a shoulder check through Anisimovs body. The body posture of both players is a key component in the set up of the intended check. Just prior to impact Gryba stiffened his legs slightly and delivered a shoulder check off the centre mass of Anisimov. While some secondary contact to the head resulted the main contact was delivered through Anisimovs chest and shoulder. Once the referee determined that an illegal check to the head had been delivered, rule 48 provides for only two penalty options to assess; a minor or a match penalty. There are no provisions for a major penalty or game misconduct within this rule. A match penalty is to be assessed at the Referees discretion if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent with an illegal check to the head. In my judgment, for the reasons stated above, I do not believe that was the case. The closest official to the play made the call. In response to your last portion of the question, his partner, veteran referee Paul Devorski, would have been trailing the play a considerable distance away and on the opposite side of the ice. It would be highly unlikely that he would attempt to override the decision made by his partner whom he would assume was in better position to observe the play more clearly. ' ' '