LOS ANGELES --- Braves righty Julio Teheran has been much more successful pitching on the road than at Suntrust Park this season.Coming into Saturday night's start at Dodger Stadium, Teheran had produced a 6-0 record in nine road games, had a 2.53 ERA and was one of two pitchers in
LOS ANGELES --- Braves righty Julio Teheran has been much more successful pitching on the road than at Suntrust Park this season.
Coming into Saturday night's start at Dodger Stadium, Teheran had produced a 6-0 record in nine road games, had a 2.53 ERA and was one of two pitchers in the Majors to make at least eight starts and not record a road loss. But at home, the righty has a 1-7 record and a 7.05 ERA in 51 innings over 10 starts.
But against the Dodgers, it was a much different story for Teheran (7-8, 4.75 ERA). He gave up nine hits and four runs in the Braves' 6-2 defeat, taking his first road loss of the year. Teheran allowed a season-tying three home runs, giving up his seventh multi-home run game of the season and falling to 0-6 in seven career starts against the Dodgers.
"I think that I threw the ball well," Teheran said. "Other than the long balls, I think everything went right and everything went pretty good. Those long balls, I think one them was a mistake and the other one was pitches that I wanted to throw and they just got a pretty good swing on it."
Two of those homers came early for Teheran: a first-inning long shot from Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and a leadoff home run in the third from Chase Utley. But the Braves were still in striking distance at that point, trailing 2-0.
After the early homers, Teheran navigated through three innings, giving up one run and four hits. Then, things went south in the seventh. With the Braves trailing 3-2, Chris Taylor, who had entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the inning, belted an opposite-field moonshot 400 feet.
"They got a very good lineup," Teheran said. "They've been playing pretty good. It was a part of my game. Like I said, other than the long balls, I was controlling my pace and controlling my stuff. That's a part of the game."
"I really thought he threw the ball pretty well," Braves catcher Tyler Flowers said of Teheran. "Two of the homers were pretty quality pitches. But, I guess, looking back, we should have done a little more making guys a little more comfortable, going in, elevating, but I thought he actually threw the ball really well."
Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Braves on Saturday.