The Atlanta Braves blew two leads in Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but they used a wild seven-run eighth inning to blow the game open in an 11-5 win at Turner Field.
David Hernandez put the tying and go-ahead runs on with one out in the eighth he hit Reed Johnson and Andrelton Simmons. Jason Heyward followed with RBI-single to left on which Johnson scored, and Simmons scampered home on a heads up play when Eric Chavez couldn't reel in an errant throw from Jason Kubel.
And then the floodgates opened.
Brian McCann tacked on a two-run bases loaded single at the expense of Tony Sipp, which Dan Uggla followed with an RBI-double. B.J. Upton brought in another run with his second sacrifice fly of the afternoon, and Chris Johnson finished the scoring with an RBI-single.
The big inning got Jordan Walden off the hook for the loss, as he gave up a go-ahead homer to Miguel Montero in the top of the eighth inning. It was the first run Walden had given up in his last 13 1/3 innings and his first homer allowed all year.
Tim Hudson had already wasted two leads, the first provided by a two-run homer in the third inning by Freddie Freeman. Montero and Kubel each drove in runs in a two-run fourth to tie the game. The Braves used five walks to score two runs in the fifth inning, but Hudson gave up a two-run homer to A.J. Pollock.
Hudson's four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings extended his winless streak to 10 starts. He hasn't won a start since May 10.
The Braves went 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position in their National League-best 23rd comeback win of the year.
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