Pederson hits 2-run HR as Fried, Braves shut out Rays 9-0


Atlanta Braves’ Max Fried hits a two-run double in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer in his first start with Atlanta, Max Fried had a two-run double among three hits while throwing seven dominant innings, and the Braves shut out the Tampa Bay Rays 9-0.

Fried did not allow a baserunner to reach second base. The left-hander gave up four hits with one walk and had seven strikeouts. Fried’s career-high three hits included the two-run double in a six-run fourth inning.

Pederson, acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, hit leadoff and started in right field, filling roles held by Ronald Acuña Jr. before his season-ending knee injury on July 10.

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