Following in Freddie Freeman's footsteps from Monday, Martin Prado dribbled an RBI seeing eye single to right field in the bottom of the 11th to give the Atlanta Braves their second straight walk-off win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.
The game-winning RBI was set up earlier that inning when Brooks Conrad hit a ground rule double off Javier Lopez. Michael Bourn then advanced Conrad on a grounder to the right side for the second out to allow Prado to drive him in.
"Every single day, there’s a new guy, a new teammate show up and do a little thing to win the game," Prado said. "Today was my time."
And in continuing the tradition he started, Prado was doused with dirt after he led the Braves to their 12th walk-off win.
It looked like the Braves were poised to win an inning earlier when Dan Uggla led off the 10th inning with single and was followed by Freeman moving him to third on his own single. Freeman, however, was thrown out trying to advance to second by Brandon Belt.
"He just got a little zealous there," Fredi Gonzalez said. "That ball was thrown for the cutoff man, and he just got himself in no man’s land."
The Giants then intentionally walked Chipper Jones to set up a double play, and Alex Gonzalez obliged them to end the inning.
Though Arodys Vizcaino's two innings of shutout pitching gave him his first major league win, the lost storyline is that Braves rookie Randall Delgado flirted with a no-hitter through six. The only hit and run he gave up came off a Cody Ross solo home run to lead off the seventh, resulting in Fredi Gonzalez replacing him with Eric O'Flaherty after only 74 pitches.
"It’s a decision that I think you took him as far as we could take him," Fredi Gonzalez said on his decision to remove Delgado.
But Gonzalez was not about to let the 21-year-old rookie off the hook without a little praise from his manager.
"Composure was off the chart. He was outstanding," Gonzalez said.
Delgado will return to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday to make room for the returning Jair Jurrjens.
The Philadelphia Phillies' loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks allowed the Braves to climb within 7.5 games of the division lead. Their second straight win over the Giants pushed the Braves to a six game lead in the Wild Card.
The Braves will look to win the four-game series Wednesday at 7:10 EDT as Jair Jurrjens (12-4, 2.63 ERA) returns against Matt Cain (9-9, 3.00 ERA).
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