It only took them six innings, but when their comeback was complete, the Atlanta Braves found themselves beneficiaries of a walk-off single that was courtesy of Freddie Freeman. The 6-5 win over the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field on Saturday snapped their four-game losing streak.
Down by a run entering the ninth, the Braves could have easily let Sergio Romo put them away when he struck out Ramiro Pena to start the inning. However, a walk to Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons reaching on an error set up Jason Heyward for a single to left field. That loaded the bases with one out, and Justin Upton walked on a full count to tie the game.
That set up Freeman's game-winning single to right, securing the Braves' 20th come-from-behind win of the season.
That effort got Mike Minor, who was touched for five runs (four earned) by the Giants, off the hook for the loss. After B.J. Upton started the scoring with a mammoth homer in the second, the Giants strung together RBI-doubles from Andres Torres and Tony Abreu and an RBI-single by Hunter Pence to take a 3-1 lead.
Chris Johnson cut that lead with an RBI-single in the fourth inning, which had been set up by B.J. Upton's steal of second base. But Buster Posey's RBI-double and Pence's sacrifice fly looked at least for a moment that the Braves were headed for their fifth consecutive loss.
Brian McCann then doubled to lead off the sixth, and Upton uncorked his second homer of the day to chase Chad Gaudin from the game.
A scoreless, three-inning effort by Anthony Varvaro, Luis Avilan and Craig Kimbrel kept the Giants at bay until Freeman could drive home the winning run.
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