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Yasiel Puig gave his fans reason to cheer with his first home run for the Reds in Cincinnati. Now he wants a dining recommendation from them.

Puig hit a two-run homer in the first inning off the facade of the second deck in left-center field, and the Reds wasted an early lead and then rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Tuesday night.

José Peraza had his first RBIs since homering on opening day, and Tucker Barnhart homered for the Reds, who have won four of five following a four-game losing streak.

A crowd of about 50 fans, mostly teenagers, occupied seats in the right field corner and chanted "We want Puig!" before the outfielder took the field for the first inning. Many waved Puig-oriented signs, one waved a flag of Puig's native Cuba and some wore horse headgear, a reference to his "Wild Horse" nickname.

"I was surprised to see the fans in right field cheering for me," Puig said. "I want to thank them for supporting me and my teammates. I saw the horses, the Cuban flag. There must be a lot of Cuban people in Cincinnati. I have to meet some of them to find a good Cuban restaurant."

Cincinnati led 3-0 in the fifth inning, fell behind 4-3 in the sixth, then scored four runs in the bottom half.

"We had a lot of good at bats," Reds manager David Bell said.

Peraza hit a two-run double off Kevin Gausman (1-2) for a 5-4 lead, Jessie Biddle forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Phillip Ervin and Puig hit a sacrifice fly against Wes Parsons.

Robert Stephenson (2-0) struck out two batters with a runner on third to end the sixth.

Atlanta scored on RBI doubles by Charlie Culberson against Wandy Peralta in the seventh and Dansby Swanson off Jared Hughes in the eighth. Raisel Iglesias allowed Matt Joyce's leadoff double in the ninth, then retired Ozzie Albies, Josh Donaldson and Freddie Freeman for his fifth save in six chances.

Cincinnati scored its most runs since routing Miami 14-0 on April 9. The Reds entered last in the major leagues in batting average at .197.

Joey Votto walked three times and singled in his first game after missing two games due to back tightness.

Swanson also tripled for the Braves.

Sonny Gray tied his season high with nine strikeouts but tired in the middle innings. He allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits in 5 1/3 innings as his ERA rose from 2.79 to 3.28. He is 0-3 in five starts in his first season since the Reds acquired him from the New York Yankees.

"He didn't make many mistakes," Freeman said. "It's hard to be perfect, but he was pretty much perfect until the sixth."

Gausman (1-2) gave up six runs — five earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"His velocity was spiking up and down," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "That was one of those games you grind through. He gave us a chance to win."

Puig's third home run of the season went 432 feet and was his first in Cincinnati this season, and Barnhart homered leading off the fourth.

Ender Inciarte homered in the fifth and Atlanta went ahead in the sixth when Donaldson hit an RBI double and scored on a single by Freeman, who came home on Nick Markakis' sacrifice fly.

ROTATIONS

Snitker said LHP Max Fried (3-0, 1.38) will start Friday's series opener against visiting Colorado. The Reds have flipped the starts of right-handers Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 5.59) and Luis Castillo (2-1), slotting Castillo will pitch against Atlanta on Thursday and DeSclafani at St. Louis on Friday.

BALL FOUR

Cincinnati batters had a season-high nine walks, which tied the Braves' most this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz, who hasn't pitched this season because of a right elbow bone spur, is expected to start Saturday against Colorado.

Reds: OF Matt Kemp went on the 10-day IL with a broken left rib sustained when crashing into the outfield wall at San Diego on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Mike Soroka (0-1, 1.80) is scheduled to make his first big league start on Wednesday against Cincinnati, with RHP Tanner Roark (1-0, 3.60) starting for the Reds. It will be Roark's 17th start against Atlanta, which has a .231 average against him.

José Quintana was the star of the show. Even better than Javier Báez's dance around David Freese.

Quintana pitched seven crisp innings in his third straight win, and the Chicago Cubs used a fast start to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Tuesday night.

"He was once again on top of his game," manager Joe Maddon said. "Great focus, kept coming back with good pitches."

Willson Contreras hit a three-run double in Chicago's four-run first, and Anthony Rizzo added a two-run drive in the second. Báez reached three times, including a memorable infield single in the second and a solo shot in the seventh.

It was more than enough support for Quintana (3-1), who turned in another gem in the Cubs' sixth win in seven games. The veteran left-hander allowed two runs and four hits while improving to 3-0 with a sparkling 0.86 ERA since he was hit hard in a loss at Milwaukee on April 5.

"I know I've been throwing the ball really well the last (three) starts," Quintana said. "Threw really good, all my stuff working really good."

NL West-leading Los Angeles had won seven of eight. But the Dodgers were unable to recover after Kenta Maeda (3-2) struggled early on.

With one out and runners on second and third in the first, Báez walked on a close full-count pitch that Maeda wanted badly. After Kyle Schwarber struck out swinging, Contreras doubled down the third-base line and Daniel Descalso tacked on an RBI double for a 4-0 lead.

"The Báez walk, that was something I did not like at all," Maeda said through a translator. "It ended up making the damage a little bigger."

Rizzo went deep with one out in the second, sending an opposite-field drive into the bleachers in left. Báez then hit a bouncer up the line and juked inside to avoid Freese's tag , delighting the crowd of 35,536 on a cool night at Wrigley Field.

"Never had this play before," Báez said. "It's just things that come to me, reaction, I don't know."

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts argued the call first with first base umpire Chad Whitson and then with home plate umpire Ted Barrett, but Báez stayed on first.

The Dodgers wasted a couple of late chances to get back in the game. Pinch-hitter Max Muncy struck out looking on Quintana's 114th pitch, stranding two runners in the seventh. A.J. Pollock struck out and Cody Bellinger grounded out with the bases loaded in the eighth.

"We had chance to scratch our way back into the game, but we didn't get that big hit," Roberts said.

TOUGH DAY

Maeda allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked three in four innings. The six runs were the most allowed by the right-hander since he was charged with a career-high seven in an 8-1 loss at Arizona on Aug. 31, 2017.

"He just didn't have his fastball command," Roberts said.

IOWA-BOUND

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is joining Triple-A Iowa to prepare for his return from a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Russell is expected to play when Iowa begins a nine-game homestand Wednesday night against Nashville.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (strained left knee) pitched six innings during an extended spring training game in Arizona on Monday. He is expected to make his season debut Sunday against Pittsburgh. ... C Russell Martin (back) could return this weekend. "We're going to do a simulated situation on Friday," Roberts said. "Depending on how that goes, a weekend activation seems likely."

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (left hamstring strain) is "trending in the right direction" when it comes to pitching Thursday against Los Angeles, Maddon said. ... LHP Mike Montgomery (mild left lat strain) felt fine after pitching four innings of three-run ball in a rehab start for Double-A Tennessee on Monday. "We're going to set him up again to do the same thing, but he came through the thing well," Maddon said. ... LHP Xavier Cedeño (wrist inflammation) got two outs in his third rehab appearance with Tennessee on Tuesday night.

UP NEXT

Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler (2-0, 5.40 ERA) and Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels (3-0, 2.77) face off Wednesday night. Buehler pitched 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati in his previous start. Hamels is going for his fourth consecutive win.

Here are scores from Tuesday night's high school baseball and softball games featuring local teams.

Baseball

Ballard Memorial 15, Christian Fellowship 0 (4 innings)
Fort Campbell 10, Fulton City 0 (5 innings)
Graves County 2, Mayfield 0
McCracken County 7, Marshall County 0
Paducah Tilghman 12, St. Mary 2 (5 innings)
Crittenden County 6, Trigg County 3
Lyon County 7, Livingston Central 0
Caldwell County 15, Dawson Springs 0 (3 innings)
Caldwell County 13, Dawson Springs 0
Hickman County 9, Carlisle County 4
Murray 8, Calloway County 7 (8 innings)

Softball

Livingston Central 12, Lyon County 2 (6 innings)
Mayfield 10, Fulton City 0 (3 innings)
Mayfield 10, Fulton City 0 (4 innings)
Marshall County 3, Union County 2
McCracken County 5, Graves County 4 (8 innings)
Paducah Tilghman 17, St. Mary 0 (4 innings)
Trigg County 10, Crittenden County 2
Murray 8, Ballard Memorial 4
Hickman County 13, Carlisle County 3 (6 innings)
Dwight Smith Jr. hit a three-run homer, one of four long balls off Iván Nova, and the Baltimore Orioles overpowered the Chicago White Sox 9-1 Tuesday night to end a four-game losing streak.

Renanto Núñez, Chris Davis and Joey Rickard also connected for the Orioles, who improved their home record to 2-10 before a cozy, appreciative crowd of 8,953.

Andrew Cashner (4-1) gave up one run, five hits and a walk over seven innings to win his fourth straight decision. Just as important, he provided much needed rest to a bullpen that was drained in a 12-2 loss to Chicago one night earlier.

Nova (0-3) yielded nine runs over four innings. Obtained in an offseason trade with Pittsburgh, the right-hander has an 8.42 ERA over five starts and has given up 11 hits in each of his last two outings.

After Núñez hit a solo shot in the third, Rio Ruiz singled and Davis hit his second home run of the season — the first at home since Aug. 24 — for a 4-0 lead.

In the fourth, Smith followed singles by Jonathan Villar and Trey Mancini with a long drive to right, and Rickard connected one out later with a man on.

Returning from a one-day absence with a strained quad, Smith made a perfectly timed, high-flying catch at the wall in left field to rob Adam Engel of a two-run homer in the second inning. One inning later, Mancini made a leaping, backhand grab of a liner to right by José Abreu.

The rebuilding Orioles have suffered many a lopsided loss already this season, but on this night they put on an impressive display of pitching, offense and defense.

Coming into the game, Baltimore surrendered a major league-high 59 homers and hit only 26. Chicago's lone run came on a sixth-inning RBI single by Tim Anderson.

LEARNING ON THE JOB

Brandon Hyde went to the postseason four straight years before becoming a rookie manager with the Orioles, and now he's trying to make something good happen in Baltimore. "We're trying to develop winning players," Hyde said. "We're just scratching the surface. We've had a lot of guys who haven't won in the big leagues and haven't had a ton of success in the big leagues. But we believe in them and we're going to stay with them."

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia was rested by manager Rick Renteria, who inserted Yoan Moncada atop the batting order.

Orioles: RHP Nate Karns (forearm strain) threw a side session Tuesday and hopes to resume his rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Norfolk this week.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 10.38 ERA) works the series finale Wednesday night. He's seeking his 150th career victory and first with Chicago after signing as a free agent in February.

Orioles: LHP John Means (2-2, 1.72) plays the role of an opener for the third time this season. He lost his previous two starts despite allowing only a total of two earned runs in eight innings.

Jimmie Holder, the 2018-19 assistant boys’ varsity basketball coach at Trigg County High School, has been hired as Ballard Memorial’s new head boys’ coach. He also will serve as a special education teacher at Ballard County Middle School.

Holder’s coaching experience spans from elementary school to small colleges, with a host of professional mentors. The Benton, Ky., native was a student assistant coach and player under Murray State University’s Mick Cronin (now at UCLA), and assistant to Murray High School varsity girls’ coach Wyatt Foust during the year that school won the girls’ All A state tournament (2017-18 season).

“We are excited for Coach Holder to join the Bomber program,” said Ballard Superintendent Casey Allen. “His experiences as a player and a coach will serve him well in working with our student-athletes and preparing them for success, on and off the court.”

Holder graduated from Murray State with a bachelor’s degree in health and PE, but without a teaching certificate, since he just knew he wanted to coach college-level basketball. It was during his tenure as a coach and recruiter at Kaskaskia and Wabash colleges that he said he realized he wanted something else. He met his wife of soon-to-be six years, Cari.

“I fell in love, and I knew I wanted a family,” he said. Holder said that college coaching is a 24-hour-a-day job, between long recruiting visits and standing in as surrogate parent to many of the players. He said he didn’t think he could be the kind of husband and father he wanted to be, if he was going to be the kind of college coach he wanted to be.

He spent five years with the Peel and Holland Insurance agency, working as an organizer and coordinator for numerous corporate wellness programs. Holder said he knew that to coach in high school, he’d have to become certified to teach, and credited Murray High School Principal Teresa Speed as helping him earn his alternate certification. Holder will earn his master’s degree in special education from Murray State in May.

He explained that at his first players’ meeting, he wanted them to understand that he’d be coaching them hard, but that it came from a place of love. “I want to get to know them on and off the floor,” he said. He added that it was his goal to have transparency with players and parents.

He said it was Murray’s Foust that helped him understand that coaching kids was bigger than basketball. “I want our athletes to understand, it’s always bigger than basketball,” Holder said. “I want them to be men of great character,” he said. “Young men who will be great husbands, great fathers, be involved in their community.

“If we do the right things, the wins will follow,” he said. “We’re going to become family.”

Holder also thanked former Marshall County High School Coach Gus Gillespie, now at Marion, Ill., for giving him his start in high school coaching and opening the door to collegiate coaching. He also had a shout-out for Payton Croft, former head coach at Trigg County, for helping him in his coaching and teaching career. Croft was just hired at head boys’ varsity coach by Ballard district rival Mayfield – an ironic nugget not lost on Holder. He laughed and said, “Yeah, I have the feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot of one another.”

Holder and his wife, Cari, have two sons: Sullivan, 3, and Dawson, 9 months.