Minor, Bonaficio lead Braves past Mets 6-1

Mike Minor was just about all the Braves had last night through the first seven innings of their 6-1 win over the Mets. The Braves lefty allowed just four hits and one run, and his RBI single drove in Andrelton Simmons with the only run scored in the game until the eighth inning. Adding a pair of runs in the top of the eighth, Minor took the mound in the bottom of the inning with a 3-0 lead, but didn't retire a batter as the Mets scored their only run of the game. Emilio Bonifacio had four of Atlanta's 13 hits, scored once and drove in a pair in the eighth inning. Ryan Doumit hit a 2-run pinch hit home run in the Braves' 3-run ninth inning. Minor also had a double to go with his RBI single.

Simmons' defensive gem saves Braves in 3-2 win over Mets

Even when they win, the Atlanta Braves always seem on the verge of letting another game get away. Jason Heyward opened the game with his eleventh home run of the season to give the Braves a quick 1-0 lead over the Mets and Zack Wheeler. Afte rthe Mets tied the game in the second off Atlanta starter Julio Teheran, Atlanta scored twice in the third on a Phil Gosselin bunt single, a double by Freedie Freeman, Justin Upton's RBI groundout and an error by Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada on Evan Gattis' grounder. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons made a miraculous stop and throw to prevent the tying run in the eighth inning off Jordan Walden, then Craig Kimbrel gave up a single and walk to the first two batters in the ninth. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners to third and second, and Phil Gosselin, playing third base, threw out the potential tying runner at the plate on a soft grounder to third. Kimbrel then retired the side on an infield pop up for his 39th save. Teheran pitched six and a third innings, allowing one run on just three hits for his 13th win.

Harang's early mistake leads to Braves' downfall in Cincy

Atlanta pitcher Aaron Harang failed to cover first base on a ground ball to Freddie Freeman, and the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of the lapse to score three runs in the fourth inning in yesterday's 5-3 win over the Braves. The Reds scored another run of Harang in the fifth to lead 4-0 before Evan Gattis finally got the Braves on the board with a seventh inning home run, his 20th of the season. The Braves mounted a rally in the ninth when they scored two runs, but Justin Upton grounded out to second base with the bases loaded to end the game. The Uptons and Freeman were a combined oh-for-twelve in the loss. Jason Heyward, Phil Gosselin and Gattis each had two hits for the Braves.

South Korea wins LLWS with 8-4 win over U.S. team from Chicago

South Korea won the Little League World Series for the third time Sunday with an 8-4 win over the U.S. champions from Chicago. In their three LLWS appearances, the South Koreans have not lost a game, improving to 11-0 with yesterday's championship win. Their previous titles came back-to-back in 1984 and 1985 when they beat Altamonte Springs, Florida and Calexico, California, respectively. Future college and major league star Jason Varitek played on that losing Florida team in 1984. While yesterday's game was going on, a former LLWS star was having a good day in the major leagues. Todd Frazier, the Cincinnati third baseman, had a home run and single in the Reds' 5-3 win over Atlanta. He played on the LLWS championship team from Tom's River, New Jersey in 1998.

Braves give Teheran some run support in 8-0 rout of Reds

The Braves scored a run in the second inning against the Reds on Andrelton Simmons' seventh home run of the season, then put the game away with a 5-run third inning for an 8-0 win in the opener of a four game series in Cincinnati. Jason Heyward and Phil Gosselin, Atlanta's one-two hitters, each had a pair of hits and Justin Upton had another 2-hit game with three runs batted in to support another strong performance by Julio Teheran, who earned his 12th win of the season while allowing no runs and four hits in six innings. James Russell and Luis Avilan completed the shutout.

Wood's effort wasted as weak hitting Braves lose to Pirates

Alex Wood pitched well enough to win last night in Chicago, but Atlanta's offense and a miscommunication by the Upton brothers on a routine fly ball allowed the Pirates to score the winning run in the ninth inning off reliever David Carpenter in a 3-2 Pittsburgh win. Jordan Walden came into the game in the eighth after Wood allowed a walk and a double, putting runners on second and third with no outs and the Braves leading 2-0. A groundout scored one run and a Walden wild pitch allowed the tying run to score before the ninth inning fiasco. Justin Upton was charged with an error on the play as he and brother BJ in centerfield appeared confused on who was going to make the play in left-center field. There were two outs at the time. Atlanta's Jekyll and Hyde offense managed just five hits off three Pittsburgh pitchers. Starter Gerret Cole pitched seven strong innings in his first start since coming off the disabled list.

Las Vegas beats Mo'ne to advance to US championship game

Mo'ne Davis has been the talk of the Little League World Series, but yesterday all the hype and past performances weren’t enough. Las Vegas touched up the Philadelphia star for three runs and six hits in two and a third innings, including a first inning triple and a second inning home run, in an 8-1 loss that sends Las Vegas to the US championship game for the first time. The loss sends Philadelphia to an elimination game tonight against Jackie Robinson West of Chicago. Davis, who played first base and right field from the third inning on lat night, left the game because of a pitch count rule. Tonight's winner will face Las Vegas on Saturday. Davis can't pitch tonight, but would be eligible for Saturday's US championship game if her team beats Chicago tonight.

Braves beat Pirates 7-3, Hewyard, Simmons homer in first inning

Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons hit back to back home runs to open the game last night, and the Atlanta Braves went on to beat Pittsburgh 7-3 in the opener of a three game series at PNC Park. Ervin Santana survived three solo home runs and didn’t make it out of the sixth inning, but picked up his 13th win of the season. Heyward, back in the lead-off spot for the past week, also had a pair of singles in Atlanta's 15-hit offensive display in which every starter had at least one hit. Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton, Chris Johnson and Gerald Laird each had two hits. Santana gave up solo home runs to Starling Marte in the second and fourth innings, and gave up one to Neil Walker in the third that reached the Allegheny River beyond right field. Aaron Harang gets the start for the Braves tonight.

Braves move up in wildcard standings with weekend sweep

With the sweep of Oakland over the weekend, the Braves have revived their bid for a playoff spot. Still trailing Washington by six games in the NL East, Atlanta moved up in the wildcard standings with the three wins. The Braves are tied with Pittsburgh a game and a half behind St. Louis and just a half game back of San Francisco. There are two wildcard selections in each league. Oakland still has a strong hold on one of the wildcard spots in the AL despite the three straight losses to Atlanta that extends their current losing streak to five. The As lead Seattle by five and a half games, with the Mariners just a half game ahead of Detroit for the second wildcard spot.

Baves beat Lester 4-3, complete sweep of As

The middle of the Atlanta Braves batting order did all of the damage yesterday as the Braves beat veteran Jon Lester 4-3 to complete a sweep of the Oakland As over the weekend at Turner Field. Justin Upton was 2-for-3 with a home run and a pair of RBIs. Chris Johnson had a home run and Evan Gattis was 2-for-3 and drove in the other Atlanta run. The only other Brave to get a hit was Phil Gosselin, who singled and scored one of the Atlanta runs. Mike Minor pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on a pair of solo home runs by Nate Freiman. Craig Kimbrel struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth, picking up his 37th save.

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