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The soaring Braves appear to wipe out the Reds on Lille

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The bright red Atlanta Braves are about to finish their six-game road trip when they visit the sluggish Cincinnati Reds at the finale of Sunday's three-game weekend series.

The Braves are aiming for a 5-1 finish on the road trip, but the Reds are trying to avoid the 11th home loss. Cincinnati dropped 10 straights at home, the longest skid since 1986.

The Braves send Charlie Morton (4-3, 4.73 ERA) to the mound to start the season's 16th time. He made his decision when he walked four in Philadelphia on Tuesday, hitting five with five his 2/3 innings and allowing two runs with seven hits.

Morton is off to Cincinnati for the second time in the season. The 38-year-old right-handed player won his first win of the season in Atlanta on April 8th, 7-6, with just two hits and two runs in the 51/3 innings.

Morton is 7-8 with a 4.36 ERA lifetime against Cincinnati with 19 starts. His 20th start against the Reds matches his total against the Miami Marlins for most of his career.

The Reds started their 11th season against Luis Castillo (3-4, 3.32), the ace. Castillo has made his fifth career start with Atlanta. This is 2-1 at 2.57 ERA in the previous 4 times. Castillo threw 13 scoreless innings, covering the last two starts with the Braves, allowing 14 hits with eight hits.

On Tuesday's final expedition, the Chicago Cubs won a 5-3 road victory, and right-handed players threw the best 123 pitches of their career in six shutout innings. , I hit 11. He allows 3 steps and 5 hits.

In his last eight starts, Castillo was 3-3 with a 2.85 ERA, including all six quality starts of the season.

Dansby Swanson is one of the key hitters in the lineup to help Atlanta's five-week surge.

Swanson, who hit .341 in the last 31 games, followed Friday's 4-5, 3 RBI performance with 3 more RBIs on Saturday.

"He was just in harmony with himself," Swanson said. "I felt like Philadelphia. I just missed a lot of balls and I got a hard hit ball. That's the nature of the game. You have to keep moving forward and take it a day at a time.

Cincinnati's bullpen says right-handed Lucas Sims will have a back surgery next week to repair a herniated disc and miss the rest. The season I received even worse news on Saturday when it was announced.

In 2021, Sims, the cogwheel of Cincinnati's late rescue team, was unable to attend spring training due to back numbers and was forced to start the season on the injured list. Surgery addresses a swollen disc hernia found on examination after being placed in IL on May 12.

"We did our best to get back there, but didn't respond as expected, said Sims, who has achieved 9.45 ERA in just six games this season." This procedure will put me in a better place and put it behind me. "

The Cincinnati bullpen was last ranked at 5.67 ERA in Major and 45 home runs. And ranked second in 145 walks.

– Field-level media