Raisel Iglesias was beaming as he walked off the field to a standing ovation in his first major league win on Wednesday night. In his second career start, Iglesias threw eight innings of two-hit baseball in the Reds 5-1 series-winner over the Braves.
Iglesias retired 15 of the first 17 batters he faced with a no-hitter going through five innings. Iglesias surrendered his first hit in the sixth inning, but gave up just two hits, one earned run and struck out five over eight innings.
“I was waiting for this opportunity for a long time,” said Iglesias with catcher Brayan Pena translating. “I can't describe how excited I am.”
Iglesias got plenty of run support with Marlon Byrd pounding his seventh homer of the season and Todd Frazier uncorking his national league leading 12th bomb of the year.
Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the first inning. Billy Hamilton also went 2-for-4 with a triple, his first extra-base hit in 12 days.
Zack Cozart, who was in the starting lineup for the first time in four days with a sore left wrist, had a double in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
The Reds (17-17) now get set for a four-game series with the Giants at Great American Ball Park. Johnny Cueto takes the hill against Tim Lincecum Thursday with the first pitch at 7:10 p.m.
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