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Atlanta Braves Lose Heartbreaker to Philadelphia Phillies in Extra Innings

September 1st, 2012 at 10:03 AM
By Jonathan McCullough

When Craig Kimbrel takes the mound with a lead, it's usually a sure-fire Atlanta Braves victory. That wasn't the case on Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.

With a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth inning, Erik Kratz drilled an 0-2 pitch from Kimbrel into the left field seats to tie the game. An inning later, John Mayberry Jr. hit a three-run homer off of Cristhian Martinez to give the Phillies an 8-5 victory.

"I wasn't too happy," Kimbrel said of his blown save. "That's something I'm not going to repeat. Anytime you give up the lead, you're not going to be happy about it. There's nothing I can do about it now. All I can do is, if the situation comes tomorrow, take the ball and do my job."

The Braves offense showed some life against Phillies starter Roy Halladay. Martin Prado and Freddie Freeman each hit two-run homers in the fifth inning to chase Halladay and give the Braves a 4-1 lead. However, Mike Minor couldn't hold the lead, as the Phillies tied the game in the top of the sixth inning.

"There were a couple of bad pitches in there and they got the bat on it, even though they were weakly hit," Minor said of that sixth inning. "There were a couple of them that they hit right on the screws that we caught. And a lot of them that they mishit but they were still base hits. It was just one of those days when it wasn't on my side. If they give me runs, I need to go out there and shut that inning down. It's obviously disappointing to give up some base hits right there and pretty much all the runners scored."

Dan Uggla put the Braves back on top with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Braves had a chance to extend their lead in the eighth inning, but Prado lined out sharply with runners on second and third to end the threat.

"You hate to let those kinds of games slip away," Michael Bourn said. "We lost to the Padres. They beat us up pretty bad. In this game, we were up a couple of times and we lost the lead. Those are the games you hate to lose."

The Braves will look to rebound when they send Tim Hudson (13-4, 3.57 ERA) to the mound against Cliff Lee (3-7, 3.67 ERA) on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 PM EDT.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman, Martin Prado, Michael Bourn, MLB

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