The Atlanta Braves were quietly philosophical when their record winning streak finally came to an end.
"There was no real emotion shown," Braves Manager Joe Torre said tonight after the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 2-1 victory and ended the Braves' start-of-the-season winning streak at 13. "We weren't as excited as the previous 13 games."
Atlanta set a modern major-league record by opening the season with 13 victories. It also was an all-time National League mark, and trails only a 20-victory streak by St. Louis in the Union Association in 1884.
Right-hander Bruce Berenyi (3-1) and Tom Hume combined on a six-hitter as the Reds broke their three-game losing streak. Berenyi also drove in the winning run with a single in the fifth. He allowed five hits before leaving with the bases loaded in the seventh, but Hume retired Glenn Hubbard on a short fly ball, then got Claudell Washington on a grounder.
The Reds got both their runs in the fifth inning, after Bob Walk (2-1) had allowed only one hit through the first four.
Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the second without a hit. Dale Murphy and Chris Chambliss each walked and advanced when Berenyi threw a wild pitch. Murphy then scored when Bruce Benedict grounded out.
In the ninth, Brett Butler singled with two out, but Hubbard flied out to right. The crowd of 20,701 gave the Braves a standing ovation after Hubbard's ball was caught.
"We've got no one but ourselves to blame for it ending," said Torre. "We kept waiting for something to happen, but we just didn't do it. We let a lot of chances get away. Maybe now that the streak is over we'll hit better.
"We'll start again tomorrow."