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ATLANTA — — Charlie Morton gave up only two hits as he pitched in the sixth inning on his return from a broken leg, Travis d’Arnaud drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves held off the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 on Friday night.
Morton (1-0) was on top form after a broken right leg when he was hit by a comebacker in Game 1 of the Braves’ World Series win over Houston.
The 38-year old right-wing retired the first 12 batters and gave up two runs with five strikeouts with one walk in 5 1/3 innings.
“I honestly didn’t even think about the leg,” Morton said.
Asked to hold onto a 7-3 lead, new Braves closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the ninth inning on his debut in Atlanta.
Jansen walked Joey Votto and gave up a single to Tyler Stephenson to open the inning. With two outs, Kyle Farmer hit an RBI single and Jake Fraley had a two-run single before Jansen flied out Jonathan Jonathan.
“He’s a big horse that just never stops throwing,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Jansen’s ability to escape trouble in his 30-pitch inning.
“I’ve seen him play in those jams before, against him. These relievers, also for them it was a limited spring. They really didn’t get the work they would normally get in a regular year with extensive spring training. … I’m glad we won the game. It wasn’t that bad for him to go out and throw so many pitches, really,” he said.
D’Arnaud had two hits, including a two-run single in Atlanta’s five-run third inning. Matt Olson had three hits.
The Braves took advantage of seven walks from Reds pitchers.
Red rookie Reiver Sanmartin (0-1) lasted only 2 1/3 innings and his five walks led to his early departure. Sanmartin gave up five runs on four hits, including a double scoring points by Adam Duvall in Atlanta’s big third inning.
Jeff Hoffman, who replaced Sanmartin, gave up d’Arnaud’s two-run single and a runscoring single to Orlando Arcia.
Morton threw four perfect innings before Votto led off the fifth with a single in the middle. Nick Senzel doubled and Mike Moustakas had a sacrifice fly.
“He’s a guy who’s always been there, most of our batters have met him and he just seems to go through with what he’s doing and get people out,” said Reds manager David Bell.
“He’s got great stuff, he’s got the experience. He made it difficult for us in the first five innings,” he said.
Reds: Bell said LHP Mike Minor (left shoulder pain) “felt great” as he threw 35 pitches in a simulated game. Minor’s next move could be a minor league rehab assignment unless he throws another simulated game next week. … RHP’s Daniel Duarte and Alexis Diaz made their Major League-debut, each pitching a scoreless inning.
Braves: LHP Tucker Davidson is arguably the most likely candidate to serve as sixth starter in Tuesday’s rotation against Washington. Snitker said “we plan to put someone in” but didn’t name the starter.
LIFT THE BANNER
The Braves continued to celebrate their first championship since 1995. Prior to the game, a World Series banner was raised in the midfield. Braves players and coaches will receive their World Series rings before Saturday night’s game.
LISTENING TO THE UMP
For the first time at Truist Park, an umpire announced a replay rating decision to fans. After reviewing the game, crew chief Jerry Layne announced that Senzel made a catch from Ozzie Albies’ second inning liner in midfield.
Braves RHP Kyle Wright, who has an ugly 6.56 ERA in his first 21 regular season games, including 14 starts, over four seasons, will face Reds RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (9-6, 4.74 ERA in 2021) in the third Saturday night’s game of the four-game series.