Although Reds captain Barry Larkin has struggled offensive in the early going, he singled home a pair of runs—his first RBIs since opening day—to set up a 3-2 win in the series opener on Tuesday.
Batting .167 coming in to the game, he went 2-for-4 to lift his average to .200. Larkin, who turns 40 next week, has spread out his stance in a concession to age, but hasn’t yet discovered the best way to hit out of it.
“I’ve probably changed three or four times already,” he said. “Hitting .160 makes you think a lot up there. I’ve been thinking. It’s a struggle.”
It’s been the opposite for first baseman Sean Casey, who added three hits, and raised his team-leading average to .396.
The Braves opened their season-high 12-game road trip with a loss, as their lineup continues to be in flux.
Chipper Jones strained a hamstring Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for at least five games. Atlanta has no plans at the moment to put him on the disabled list.
Drew went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks, and Furcal went 1-for-4. He singled in the third inning, stole second base and scored on Giles’ second homer of the season.