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Braves edge Reds

May 2, 2015 - 4:01 AM Atlanta, GA ( - Mike Foltynewicz tossed five innings in his season debut, but it was his two-run double that highlighted the Atlanta Braves' 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

Foltynewicz (1-0), who was making his first major-league start, gave up three runs -- two earned -- in five innings. He also broke up his counterpart Anthony DeSclafani's shutout bid with a two-out double to the wall in left- center in the fourth inning.

Cincinnati plated two more runs an inning later, when a walk to Freddie Freeman led to Kelly Johnson's two-run homer. That made it 4-3, and four relief pitchers held the lead from there.

"I want to continue to help and do everything I can," said Johnson. "Folty pitched great. He got the spark going, to be honest.

Cody Martin struck out two in 1 2/3 innings in relief of Foltynewicz. Luis Avilan recorded the final out in the seventh, Jim Johnson tossed a clean eighth and Jason Grilli pitched around a one-out single by Brayan Pena to record his eighth save.

Desclafani (2-2) entered the game with a 1.04 ERA after allowing just three earned run in four starts. He gave up four runs on four hits and five walks in this one to absorb his second straight loss.

"He didn't pitch a bad ball game," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "He competed well, he went after them."

The Reds plated two runs in the top of the first against Foltynewicz. Zack Cozart and Joey Votto hit consecutive one-out singles and completed a double steal, setting up Brandon Philips' two-run single to center.

Desclafani brought Philips home in the fourth with a sacrifice fly to right.

Game Notes

Foltynewicz made 16 relief appearances with Houston in 2014, his first season in the major league ... Atlanta had lost three straight games ... Votto and Philips stole two bags apiece.