Mike Minor threw the first complete game of the year for the Atlanta Braves and the first of his career, but the offense stumbled in their efforts to support him in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Sunday's series finale.
Other than that, it was a story of wasted opportunities for the Braves, who stranded the bases loaded in consecutive innings. They left 11 men on base, even though they went 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The White Sox constructed single runs in the first, third and sixth innings, but only two of those runs were earned, set up by Andrelton Simmons' error on Adam Dunn's groundball into a shift.
The Braves nearly tied the game in the eighth. After Dan Uggla drew a walk, Reed Johnson was robbed of a homer to left by Casper Wells' leaping catch at the wall.
As if it weren't bad enough to lose a series to the last place White Sox, the injury list grew longer for the Braves when Gerald Laird was hit in the hand by a pitch by Quintana in the fourth inning. Joey Terdoslavich pinch-ran for him and played left field, while Gattis moved from left to play catcher.
The Braves now travel to Citi Field for a four-game set with the New York Mets.
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