It was not quite 19 innings, but it still took free baseball to propel the Atlanta Braves over the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday at Turner Field. The Braves managed only two runs on 14 hits, but it was David Ross' RBI single in the bottom of the 10th put Atlanta in position to win the four-game series Thursday.
Jair Jurrjens set the stage by chewing up seven innings – something the Atlanta bullpen desperately needed after using every reliever last night – and giving up only one run on six hits. The run he gave up came via a solo home run by Garrett Jones in the top of the sixth.
The Braves answered in the bottom half of the frame as Martin Prado and Dan Uggla reached on singles. Ross drove in Prado on his first RBI single of the game.
The rest of the offensive picture was not so pretty for Atlanta. The Braves went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm, however, did put in a solid start over seven innings. He gave up one run on nine hits and struck out eight.
The only Pirates walk came in the 10th when Chris Leroux intentionally walked Uggla to load the bases for Ross with one out. Ross then lined the first pitch he saw into left to win the contest 2-1.
The loss drops Pittsburgh to 1.5 games out of first and third place in the NL Central in a tightly packed division. The Braves were lifted to five games behind the Philadelphia Phillies with their loss to the San Francisco Giants.Tags: Alex Gonzalez, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla, David Ross, Freddie Freeman, Jair Jurrjens, Martin Prado, MLB, Paul Maholm, Pittsburgh Pirates