(Sports Network) - Colombian-born right-hander Julio Teheran makes the 10th
appearance of his big-league career on Thursday night when the Atlanta Braves
try to kick start another win streak in the opener of a four-game series with
the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
The Braves had won 10 in a row before Wednesday, when they ran into a hot
pitcher and dropped a 1-0 decision to the Kansas City Royals at Turner Field
Former Brave and Atlanta native Jeff Francoeur drove in the lone run in the
fourth inning against Mike Minor (2-1). Minor allowed five hits and fanned
five over six strong frames.
"You've got to be pleased with Mike's outing," said Atlanta manager Fredi
Gonzalez. "We had some opportunities. Seemed like Davis just made some pitches
when he had to make some pitches."
The Braves have been shut out in both of their losses this season. The
Phillies blanked them, 2-0, on April 4.
Teheran, who turned 22 earlier this year, reached the majors with the Braves
in 2011 and made three starts in five outings - splitting a pair of decisions.
He pitched 6 1/3 innings in two games in 2012 in the big leagues, then began
this season in the starting rotation and has notched a pair of no-decisions
against the Chicago Cubs and Washington. The Braves have won both games,
In 11 combined innings, he's surrendered 14 hits and nine runs with four walks
and eight strikeouts.
Teheran has made one career relief appearance against the Pirates, allowing a
single hit in two scoreless innings.
For Pittsburgh, lefty Jeff Locke starts for the 12th time in his 15th major-
Now 25, the New Hampshire native has spent intermittent time in the big
leagues since 2011, making four starts in 2011 and appearing eight times last
season - six starts - while winning one of seven decisions.
He opened 2-13 with a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but rebounded for a
3-1 defeat of Cincinnati on April 13, in which he allowed a run on four hits
in five innings.
Locke is 1-0 in his career against the Braves.
On Wednesday in Pittsburgh, starter A.J. Burnett tossed seven scoreless
innings of one-hit ball in the Pirates' 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals
in the finale of a rain- shortened two-game set.
Carlos Beltran's double in the seventh came on Burnett's 96th pitch of the
game. Burnett's only other blemish was a hit batsman. He struck out eight.
"My goal every time out is to throw a no-hitter," Burnett said. "I know they
are major league hitters that I'm facing and I respect them, but my job is not
to give up hits."
Burnett (1-2), who tallied his 2,000th career strikeout, fired his first no-
hitter nearly 12 years ago. While with the Florida Marlins, he recorded a wild
nine-walk no-no against the San Diego Padres on May 12, 2001.
Andrew McCutchen was 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Pittsburgh, which has
won six of its last eight games.
The Pirates won four of seven games between the teams in 2012, while the
Braves took four of six in 2011.
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