CINCINNATI — Reds rookie Raisel Iglesias wasn't Atlanta's only problem in a 5-1 loss on Wednesday.
The Braves also lost cleanup hitter Kelly Johnson after just two pitches. The missing left-handed power threat most likely helped Iglesias, who pitched eight innings of two-hit baseball in his second career start.
Johnson, Atlanta's leading home run hitter with six, suffered a strained right oblique while swinging and missing the first pitch he saw from Iglesias. He fouled off the second pitch before leaving the game after a brief conversation at the plate with manager Fredi Gonzalez and an Atlanta trainer.
"Johnson's been a guy who can hit behind Freeman against right-handers and give the other manager thoughts about pitching around Freeman," Gonzalez said.
Johnson actually started feeling something toward the end of batting practice, he said.
"You always have little things, little pains, where you say, 'What is that?'" he said. "After that first swing and miss, I knew something wasn't right."
Todd Frazier connected for his 12th home run of the season, Marlon Byrd added a solo shot and the Reds won the rubber match of the three-game series and seven-game season series between the teams.
The Braves have lost five of their last six.
Iglesias (1-0), a Cuba native, was recalled from Triple-A Louisville before the game. He took a no-hitter into the sixth. Pinch-hitter Eric Young Jr. broke it up with a leadoff bloop single to shallow center field. Another pinch-hitter, Pedro Ciriaco, became the first batter to get past second base when he led off the eighth with a triple and scored on Nick Markasis' groundout.
The 25-year-old Iglesias, who left with no decision in his debut on April 12 against St. Louis, allowed three walks and struck out five.
The Braves had two runners on base in one inning just once.
Joey Votto followed Zack Cozart's first-inning double with a run-scoring line drive up the middle that glanced off of Atlanta starter Eric Stults' glove on its way to center field.
That run was the first allowed by Stults (1-4) in the first inning in six starts this season.
Byrd led off the second with a 343-foot homer into the first row of the left field seats. Frazier made it 4-0 in third with his second homer in as many nights, a 432-foot shot to center field. Billy Hamilton tripled and scored on Cozart's sacrifice fly in the fifth.