Te­heran fi­nally shines for Braves at SunTrust

Lethbridge Herald - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS — AT­LANTA

Julio Te­heran found his go-to slider for the first time since the Braves moved into their new home last sea­son.

Te­heran out­pitched Aaron Nola for a rare night of suc­cess at SunTrust Park and At­lanta snapped the Philadel­phia Phillies’ six-game win­ning streak with a 2-1 vic­tory Mon­day night.

Te­heran (1-1) al­lowed one run, five hits and three walks with nine strike­outs in six in­nings. He be­gan the night 3-10 with a 6.20 ERA and 21 homers al­lowed in 19 starts at the Braves’ sec­ond-year sta­dium, but Te­heran kept the Phillies guess­ing.

“I used a lot of my slider and my fast­ball,” Te­heran said. “I was think­ing first strike and I was do­ing re­ally good. When­ever I throw a first­pitch strike, it’s dif­fer­ent then. That’s some­thing I’ve re­ally been work­ing on.”

Te­heran has been try­ing for two years to make his slider the swingand-miss­ing of­fer­ing that used to bol­ster his reper­toire. He re­called that hit­ters used to swing through it, even when they know it was com­ing.

“It’s easy when­ever you have a pitch like that that you can throw in there and you have the con­fi­dence to throw it 3-2,” Te­heran said.

Af­ter setup man A.J. Min­ter es­caped a shaky eighth, At­lanta be­came the last team in the ma­jors to record a save as closer Arodys Viz­caino re­tired two of the first three bat­ters he faced and ended it on Car­los San­tana’s ground­out.

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