ATLANTA (AP) -- Jonny Venters, one of baseball's top setup relief pitchers in 2011, has hit a rough spot this season.
Venters gave up two runs in the eighth inning, including Brandon Phillips' double that drove in the go-ahead run and helped the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Monday night.
Venters (2-2) has a blown save and a loss in his last three appearances.
"My arm feels good," Venters said. "I'm not making the pitches.
"I'm making a lot of non-competitive pitches. Pitches that guys aren't even thinking about offering at. And then making even worse pitches over the plate and they're hitting the ball hard."
Venters had six wins, five saves and a 1.85 ERA as a rookie. After giving up two runs in one inning, his ERA is 3.29 this season.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he's confident the left-hander will return to form.
"We'll keep running him out there," Gonzalez said. "It's unfortunate that it happened with Jonny in the eighth inning, but it doesn't worry...