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Offense Erupts as Atlanta Braves Claim 12-6 Victory Over Philadelphia Phillies

August 8th, 2012 at 11:59 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

Tim Hudson blew a five-run lead, but the Atlanta Braves came roaring back to claim a 12-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the rubber game of the series on Wednesday night.

Usually when the offense gives Hudson a big lead, it's a guaranteed win. However, Hudson gave up five runs in the fifth inning to bring the game to a 6-6 tie. Instead of throwing in the towel, the Braves' offense rebounded behind Michael Bourn and Dan Uggla to win the series in Philadelphia.

"You don't see that happen too often," Uggla said. "When you give Huddy a 6-1 lead, he nine times out of 10 takes it the rest of the way. They put some good ABs on him and got themselves back in it. That's when you've got to bear down as a team. It can be very deflating when they come back and get back in it from a 6-1 deficit. As a team we beared down and battled and got some more across."

Bourn went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, three RBI's, and a walk. Uggla may be snapping out of his two-month slump, as he collected three hits, including a key bases-clearing double that gave the Braves a 9-6 lead.

"That's one of the biggest things when you're struggling is to keep your confidence and know that you're still dangerous and your body and your mental capacity just automatically steps up a notch in a situation like that," Uggla continued. "Bases loaded tie ball game and wanting to come through for your teammates. I was ready. I was hoping I'd be put in that situation."

Hudson gave up six earned runs on six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. Ryan Howard caused the most damage when he hit a three-run homer to tie the game in the fifth inning. Hudson struck out four batters and also helped himself with a two-run double.

Chad Durbin, Jonny Venters, Eric O'Flaherty, and Craig Kimbrel each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. David Ross also collected the first stolen base of his career.

After an off day, the Braves will travel north as they send Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.75 ERA) to the mound against Matt Harvey (1-2, 3.86 ERA) to begin a three-game series against the New York Mets. The game starts at 7:10 PM EDT in New York.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Uggla, Jonny Venters, Michael Bourn, MLB, Tim Hudson

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