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Atlanta Braves Break Out the Bats, Avoid Sweep of Milwaukee Brewers

June 23rd, 2013 at 7:51 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves finally ended their 24-inning scoreless streak with three home runs in a 7-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park, avoiding a sweep and snapping their three-game losing streak.

Jordan Schafer led off the first inning with a double and Andrelton Simmons singled before Freddie Freeman walked to load the bases. That set up Brian McCann for a grand slam off Alfredo Figaro.

Chris Johnson then blasted his fifth home run of the year to star in the second, and Schafer collected the second of his four hits with a homer in the fourth.

All told, the Braves lit up Figaro for six runs in 3 1/3 innings while posting 14 hits on the day, more than double their six hits they compiled over the last two games combined.

Those initial six runs gave Paul Maholm just enough support for his eighth win. He danced in and out of danger until the Brewers caught up with him in the fifth.

Milwaukee benefited from an two-run single off the bat of Logan Schafer for their first run, but Jonathan Lucroy brought the Brew Crew within two runs with a two-run homer.

That resulted in Maholm being yanked after five innings, but the Braves bullpen stepped up with four scoreless innings, giving up just one hit. Craig Kimbrel shut the door with two strikeouts in the ninth for his 21st save.

Dan Uggla had a two-hit game, his first hits since being fitted for new contact lenses. He doubled in the third and drove in an insurance run in the ninth with a single by taking advantage of a shift.

The Braves have a day off Monday before traveling to play the Kansas City Royals.

Tags: Alfredo Figaro, Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brian McCann, Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman, Jonathan Lucroy, Jordan Schafer, MLB, Paul Maholm

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