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Atlanta Braves Blow Lead, Drop Series Finale 3-2 to Arizona Diamondbacks

June 29th, 2012 at 1:12 AM
By Jonathan McCullough

The Atlanta Braves were on track to complete a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but they were unable to hold the lead and lost 3-2 on Thursday night.

Craig Kimbrel, who had not allowed a run since May 4, gave up a go-ahead home run to Chris Young in the top of the ninth inning. It was the first home run Kimbrel had allowed since giving up a walk-off shot to Miami Marlins' Omar Infante on September 19, 2011.

“I missed a spot," Kimbrel said. "We were trying to go down and away. He’s a good high-ball hitter and I threw it right into his wheelhouse. He got the barrel on it and it went out.” 

Jair Jurrjens had a solid start for the Braves, as he gave up two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up six hits and walked three but did not record a strikeout. Jurrjens allowed the Diamondbacks to tie the game in the sixth inning on Jason Kubel's two-run double.

“I thought he did OK," manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Jurrjens. "I thought he did fine. He wiggled out of a couple jams but that’s good to see. I think he did fine. Go on to his next start.”

It wasn't Jurrjens' best start and certainly was not as strong as his last outing, but he kept the Braves in the game by only giving up two runs. The offense was the real culprit, as the Braves were unable to capitalize on several run-scoring opportunities. The Braves stranded 10 runners and did not record a hit in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

“We had a couple of chances," Martin Prado said. "After we scored two runs, we were in pretty good shape. They tied the game and we knew we had a chance to win the game. We went for it, but we didn’t get the run when we needed it. It was a pretty good game. They got the big homer in the ninth.”

The Braves jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Brian McCann knocked in Prado with an RBI double. They doubled their lead later with when Michael Bourn hit a sacrifice fly following Andrelton Simmons' leadoff double and Jurrjens' sacrifice bunt.

The Braves will host the Washington Nationals next as Randall Delgado (4-8, 4.52 ERA) takes the mound against Ross Detwiler (4-3, 3.09 ERA) on Friday night at 7:35 PM EDT.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Craig Kimbrel, Jair Jurrjens, Martin Prado, Michael Bourn, MLB

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