Red-hot bats befuddled by Teheran

D-backs held to five hits vs. Braves after scoring 32 runs in 3 previous games

Red-hot bats befuddled by Teheran

ATLANTA -- It could have been Thursday's off-day that helped take the D-backs out of rhythm offensively, but more likely it was Julio Teheran's pitching that helped put a stop to Arizona's run of prolific offensive performances.

Teheran handcuffed the D-backs for six innings as the Braves hung on for a 3-2 win Friday night at Turner Field.

The D-backs were coming off a home series against the Phillies where they scored a total of 32 runs.

"Obviously the offense was in full swing at home," D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock said. "It happens."

Teheran came into the game with a 2.35 ERA in four career starts against the D-backs and crossed them up a bit with the way he attacked them throwing more off-speed pitches early in counts than he had in the past.

"I thought the at-bats got better as the game went on," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "Early on, I think we were a little thrown off by [Teheran's] game plan. It really wasn't what we expected. We were a little thrown off by that and we had to readjust and we did a good job of doing that. He has had success against us and continues to."

The D-backs did hit some balls hard in the game that the Braves turned into outs, including a pair by Nick Ahmed, one by Paul Goldschmidt and another by Chris Owings.

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"We've got a smart team," Pollock said. "He was going more with the curveball than the slider, you know it's the same pitch probably five or six mph slower. We had a couple of balls we hit at people and who knows if those drop if we can get a rally going, but they didn't and his confidence just kept going up and up. He held us in check pretty good."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.