Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Freddie Freeman showed why he deserved to win the Final Vote to be on the 2013 NL All-Star team.
Freeman went 3-for-4 with a season-high four RBI to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds, 6-5, in the opener of a four-game set at Turner Field.
After not recording a win in his previous nine starts, Tim Hudson (6-7) has won two in a row. He yielded four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits while striking out five over seven innings.
Craig Kimbrel secured his 25th save after working around a leadoff single.
Justin Upton collected three hits, scored two runs and drove in a run while Reed Johnson added an RBI for the Braves, winners of three of their last four.
Matt Latos (8-3) had arguably his worst showing of the season. He was dinged for six runs on nine hits, both equaling season-highs, with seven strikeouts in just four innings of work, his shortest outing of the year.
Brandon Phillips had two hits and two RBI. Joey Votto and Jay Bruce each recorded an RBI for the Reds, who have lost four of their last five.
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