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Missing Chipper Jones and Brian McCann, Faltering Atlanta Braves Offense Falls Short of Cincinnati Reds

May 22nd, 2012 at 10:38 PM
By Cody Fields

It is no secret that the Great American Ballpark plays small, but the Atlanta Braves cannot wait to get out after giving up three more homers  to the Cincinnati Reds en route to a 4-3 loss Tuesday. It was the first time in 19 games that the Braves have lost two straight.

Brandon Beachy stretched his outing to seven innings, but the four earned runs he gave up were a season high, including three home runs.

Beachy had given up just one home run in his first 54 innings of 2012, but Brandon Phillips hit a two-run shot to center field to give the Reds a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first. Zack Cozart homered for the second straight night in the third inning, and Phillips hit another homer to start the fourth.

Though the Braves offense has been held to three runs or fewer for four straight games, Michael Bourn snapped an 0-for-11 slump by taking Reds starter Matt Latos deep on a full count while leading off the game. It was Bourn's first lead-off homer of the season.

While down 3-1 in the fourth inning, Dan Uggla scored from first on a Jason Heyward one-out double, but Heyward was stranded in scoring position.

Bourn hit another homer in the eighth, this one off Logan Ondrusek, to cut the deficit to 4-3. It was the first time Bourn has hit two home runs in a game in his career.

The Braves were not aided with Chipper Jones already out of the lineup, but Brian McCann came down with the flu and was a late scratch from the lineup. The Braves are now 7-13 without Jones in the lineup.

Tommy Hanson will look to begin to salvage a series split against Bronson Arroyo Wednesday at 7:10.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Beachy, Cincinnati Reds, Jason Heyward, Michael Bourn, MLB

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