CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- The
got a quality start from their new ace and a clutch hit from their oldest player.
allowed three hits in seven innings and
erased a one-run deficit with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth as the Reds edged the
Acevedo (2-0) yielded two runs - on a two-run homer by
in the the third inning. He walked two and struck out six.
"I'm very excited for me and the team," Acevedo said. "I'm trying to be consistent, keep the ball down and put my curve over."
Reds manager Dave Miley has had Acevedo at Class AAA Louisville each of the last two seasons.
"You can't beat three quality starts," said Miley.
also was impressed with the 26-year-old Acevedo.
"I don't know where he's been the last two years," Cox said. "He has all the pitches. He was terrific."
tossed a hitless eighth,
struck out one in the ninth to notch his league-leading seventh save.
"It was a nice night," Miley said. "Jones had a good inning and Gravey got the save for us."
After Giles' homer staked the Braves to a 2-0 lead, Larkin got the Reds going in the fourth with a single and scored on a double by
. An inning later,
After Acevedo sacrificed, D'Angelo Jimenez popped out. But Larkin came through with his two-run single, giving the Reds a 3-2 advantage.
"If I could take one pitch back it would be that one (to Larkin), said Thomson. "I thought it was in but after seeing it a couple times on television, it got a little more than the plate than I wanted. He's been doing that for 19 years."
"I hit a fastball that Thomson, I'm sure wanted to get it in," Larkin said. "He left it over the plate a little bit and I was able to hit it hard and not right at someone."
Larkin was ina 4-for-20 slide prior to his fourth-inning single.
"Obviously, that's a big hit he got for us," Miley said. "He's made some real good contact but doesn't have a lot of hits. He's as good a clutch hitter as we've got."
(1-1) surrendered three runs and six hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out two.