Cincinnati (37-55) at Atlanta (50-42)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon Jul 16, 2007
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The Atlanta Braves have gotten positive contributions from many players to help them bounce back from a tough stretch at home. Kyle Davies has not been one of them.

Davies looks to end a three-start losing streak at Turner Field, while the Braves try to win their seventh straight game there in the opener of a three-game series with the lowly Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Edgar Renteria had four hits and was one of four Braves with at least two in a 5-1 home win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Atlanta (50-42) got strong starting pitching and clutch hitting throughout its three-game sweep of the Pirates, and has now won six in a row at home for the first time since July 2005. Before this win streak, the Braves lost five straight and 13 of 17 at Turner Field.

“It’s been a while since we’ve really put a winning streak together,” said Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur, who has a team-best 28 RBIs with two outs.

Atlanta’s strong play at home has helped the team move within 1 1/2 games of the first-place New York Mets in the NL East. Overall, the Braves have won four straight and seven of eight, part of their 12-4 record since falling to .500 on June 24.

Davies got the win in the first game of Atlanta’s four-game run. The right-hander lost four straight decisions before last Sunday, when he allowed one run and four hits while striking out six in six innings to beat San Diego 5-4.

Davies (4-7, 5.55 ERA), though, has lost three straight outings in Atlanta, posting an 8.62 ERA. He is 2-6 with a 6.72 ERA in his last 13 starts there.

Davies hasn’t gotten much run support during his skid at home, with the Braves giving him an average of 1.3 runs to work with in that stretch.

Atlanta, however, had 12 hits Sunday and has scored 24 runs in its last four games. Renteria is batting .387 (12-for-31) in his last seven contests.

The Braves lineup will be facing Bobby Livingston (1-0, 3.00), who has been called up from Triple-A Louisville to make a spot start.

The left-hander is making his third start of the season for the Reds (37-55) and his first since beating Colorado on June 1, when he allowed seven hits and an unearned run in six innings of a 4-2 victory.

This will be Livingston’s first appearance against Atlanta.

Cincinnati had been getting strong starts until Sunday, when Kyle Lohse gave up five runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings in a 5-2 loss to the New York Mets.

It was the first time in eight games a Reds starter allowed more than three runs.

Cincinnati, which has the NL’s worst record, has lost 14 of 20 on the road and is 17-29 there this season. The Reds lost three of four games against the Mets after winning a season-high four straight.

Cincinnati’s lineup sputtered in its last two games against New York, totaling three runs and nine hits.

“In the past, since I’ve been here, in the late innings we’d have really good at-bats. Now that is not what is happening,” said Reds left fielder Adam Dunn, who hit his 25th home run Sunday.

Atlanta won its season series with Cincinnati last year 4-3.

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B. Livingston TB vs. K. Davies NYY
3-3 Record 7-15
5.27 ERA 6.09
27 K 99
8 BB 70
1.51 WHIP 1.65


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