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Atlanta Braves Blow Lead, Rally Late to Beat Milwaukee Brewers

April 13th, 2012 at 11:54 PM
By Cody Fields

After an 0-4 start, the Atlanta Braves have now strung together three consecutive wins.

When they hung a six spot in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, it seemed the Braves were in for an easy win in their home opener, but it took a broken-bat single from Dan Uggla in the eighth inning to win the first of three games with the Brew Crew 10-8.

Brian McCann and Matt Diaz both hit homers and drove in five of Atlanta's six runs in the monster fifth inning to take an 8-3 lead. The home run for Diaz was his first since Aug. 29, 2010.

Michael Bourn started the frame with a triple and later hit an RBI-single. He had entered with a .125 average and was 0-for-15 against left-handed pitching.

Things looked like they would unravel in the sixth when Jair Jurrjens gave up singles to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez, which they followed with a double steal. Cory Hart then hit a two-run double to knock out Jurrjens to give him five earned runs in as many innings pitched. Kris Medlen would get the Braves out of the inning with no further damage, but Jurrjens' start of five-plus innings means the Braves still have not had a starting pitcher get through the sixth inning this season.

Eric O'Flaherty, who had the lowest ERA in Major League history last season with a 0.98 mark in 75 appearances, was shaky for his second consecutive appearance. Already having snapped a streak of 22 consecutive scoreless appearances Wednesday against the Houston Astros, O'Flaherty gave up three runs on four hits, including a two-run single by Ryan Braun and Cory Hart's game-tying homer.

In his last two appearances, O'Flaherty has given up five earned runs. He gave up eight in all of 2011.

That set up the fateful eighth inning, when Martin Prado singled and Freddie Freeman walked to start the inning against Francisco Rodriguez. McCann moved the runners up with a groundout to the right side, and Uggla put the Braves back in front when his bat shattered on a two-run single.

Craig Kimbrel then recorded his third save of the year when he struck out Cory Hart to end he game.

McCann's four hits tied his career high and was the eighth time in his career he has accomplished the feat. His home run, RBI-double and single brought his line against Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf to 8-for-15 with two bombs and nine RBIs.

Atlanta tagged Wold with nine hits and eight runs in 4-1/3 innings. He got no decision and has one win and an 8.04 ERA in his past 12 starts against the Braves.

In a 1:10 start Saturday, Milwaukee will send Shaun Marcum to the mound opposite Mike Minor.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Cory Hart, Dan Uggla, Francisco Rodriguez, Jair Jurrjens, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Ryan Braun

One Response to “Atlanta Braves Blow Lead, Rally Late to Beat Milwaukee Brewers”

  1.  Cody Fields says:

    Can’t help but be concerned with the quality of pitching so far this year.

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