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Atlanta Braves Blow Past Minnesota Twins with Evan Gattis Grand Slam

May 22nd, 2013 at 4:29 PM
By Cody Fields

The legend of Evan Gattis refuses to fade. The day after he hit a game-tying home run, Gattis hit his first career grand slam to power the Atlanta Braves to an 8-3 win and a three-game of the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.

The Braves teed off on Twins starter Vance Worley, scoring all eight of their runs and 10 hits in his 3 and 2/3 innings.

Jason Heyward got things started with an RBI-single in the first inning, while Ramiro Pena homered and Chris Johnson had his own RBI-single in the third.

Atlanta really got going in the fourth when B.J. Upton led off with a homer. After singles by Jordan Schafer and Heyward and a walk by Freddie Freeman, Gattis shot a 3-0 pitch over the right field wall for his first grand slam.

Paul Maholm, meanwhile, spared the bullpen before an off-day with 7 1/3 innings and one unearned run on seven hits.

Cory Rasmus made his Major League debut with 1 2/3 innings of relief. He gave up homers in the ninth to Aaron Hicks and Oswald Arcia while also striking out two.

The win was the sixth straight for Atlanta and helped them finish a perfect six-game homestand.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, B.J. Upton, Baseball, Cory Rasmus, Evan Gattis, Jason Heyward, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Paul Maholm, Ramiro Pena, Vance Worley

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