Gattis tenth inning home run lifts Braves over Marlins

Evan Gattis rescued the Braves last night after closer Craig Kimbrel blew his first save of the year on an unearned run in Atlanta's 4-2 win over the Marlins at Turner Field. Florida took an early lead when Garrett Jones hit a solo home run of Julio Teheran in the second inning. The Braves tied the game in the fifth on Andrelton Simmons' home run and went ahead 2-1 on a Jason Heyward single in the seventh. With the score tied at 2-2 in the tenth, Gattis hit a walk-off two-run shot with Dan Uggla on base. The Marlins are now 0-7 in road games this year.

Phillies nip Braves 1-0 in series finale

Alex Wood blames himself for last night's 1-0 loss to the Phillies. Wood, who pitched the Braves second straight complete game, failed to get a sacrifice bunt down with Gerald Laird on second after a leadoff double in the eighth inning. Jason Heyward then lined out to right field, and it's likely Laird would have scored from third base. After the Braves failed to score in the eighty, the Phillies came back in their half of the inning to score the only run of the game, the second straight 1-0 game in the series. Atlanta moves north a bit for a weekend series with the Mets in New York. Aaron Harang will open on the mound for the Braves.

Gattis, Teheran lead Braves past Phillies 1-0

Evan Gattis will probably hate to leave Philadelphia when the Braves and Phillies complete their series with an afternoon game today. In the two games this week, Gattis is 7-for-nine at the plate, with three home runs and four runs batted in. One game was rained out. In last night's 1-0 win over the Phillies, Gattis supported a magnificent performance by Julio Teheran with a leadoff homer in the fourth inning off Cliff Lee in one of the best pitching duels of the season. Both pitchers threw complete games, with Teheran allowing just three singles and no walks. Lee allowed a lot of hits, eleven in all, but was strong with runners in scoring position. Lee walked just one batter. Besides his home run, Gattis had three singles in a 4-for-4 night. Gattis became the first player since Rogers Hornsby in 1929 to go 4-for-4 or better with a home run in a l1-0 game. After last night, Gattis is batting .378 with four home runs and seven RBI in ten games. Keeping up with Brian McCann? The former Brave now with the Yankees is batting .208 with two home runs and six RBI in 13 games. Both homers came in the same game. Back to the Braves, Chris Johnson returned to the lineup after sitting out a few games. He went 3-for-4 in his return, dropping form the cleanup spot to number seven in the batting order, where he has always been more comfortable. Alex Wood will be the Braves starter in today's game in Philly. The Braves open a weekend series in New York on Friday.

Five homers, Uggla's slam, lift Braves over Phillies

It was bombs away last night in Philadelphia. Atlanta starter Ervin Santana was brilliant again, allowing just four hits and one run in six innings, with eleven strikeouts. But Santana didn't get the win when the Braves bullpen had an uncharacteristic melt-down when Luis Avilan gave up five runs in the eighth inning, allowing the Phillies to take a 6-5 lead. The middle of the Braves batting order, the fifth, sixth and seventh hitters, proved to be the difference in the game. Dan Uggla, Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons combined seven hits, including five home runs, and nine runs batted in to rescue Avilan and the Braves. Uggla's grand slam in the ninth came after he, Gattis and Simmons hit back-to-back-to-back homers off B.J. Rosenberg in the eighth just before the Avilan melt-down. Uggla's second homer in two innings, a grand slam in the ninth, pulled out a 9-6 win. David Hale faces Phillies veteran Cliff Lee in game two of the series tonight in Philly.

Pirates go back-to-back three times against Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates hit back-to-back home runs three different times in their game with Cincinnati last night, and the game isn't over!. Rain halted the game in the sixth inning with the score tied at 7-all. The game in Cincinnati will be resumed today. The unusual display of home runs started in the second inning when Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez, the sixth and seventh-place hitters in the order, hit back to back homers. In the fifth inning, Starling Marte and Travis Snider hit consecutive dingers. An inning later, Walker and Sanchez did it again. Six homers in six innings, and the game isn't over!

Brewers have won nine straight since two losses to Braves

Two weeks into the season, the Milwaukee Brewers have to be considered the surprise of the big leagues. After dropping two our of three to the Braves in a season opening series, the Brewers haven't lost since, winning t heir ninth in a row with yesterday's 4-3 win that completed a sweep of the Pirates. The Brewers lead the Cardinals by three games in the NL Central. Atlanta has a one game lead on the Nationals in the East, and the Dodgers are a game up on San Francisco in the West. The AL East is the tightest race. The Yankees, Rays and Blue Jays shard the lead, a game and a half over Baltimore and two over fifth place Boston, which lost two of three to the Yankees over the weekend. In the Central, Detroit is a half game ahead of the White Sox and a game better than Minnesota, while in the West, the As are up by a game and a half over Seattle and two over the Angles and Rangers.

Braves hammer Nats 10-2, complete weekend sweep

Sparked by a 2-run first inning home run by the suddenly red-hot Justin Upton, the Atlanta Braves tallied a half dozen runs in the first two innings and went on to finish off a three game sweep of the Washington Nationals with a 10-2 win that moves the Braves ahead of the Nationals for the NL East lead. Overall in the three games, Upton was 8-for10 with two doubles, two home runs and five runs batted in. Freddie Freeman has been the Braves most consistent hitter this season. Over the weekend against the Nationals, Freeman was 6-for-12, and like Upton, had two doubles, two home runs and five runs batted in. Freeman is hitting a team-best .442 after twelve games. Aaron Harang was brilliant for the third straight start, picking up his second win. His ERA is 0.96 after yesterday's game. Ervin Santana makes his second start of the season when the Braves open a 3-game series at Philadelphia tonight.

Justin Upton's big night not enough for Braves

Justin Upton had his first big offensive night of the season, but it wasn't quite enough to beat the Mets. After giving up a run in the first inning to fall behind, the Braves battled back to take a 4-3 lead on Upton's third inning home run, the first of two on the night. The Mets got to the Braves bullpen for single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to pull out a 6-4 win in the opener of a 3-game weekend series between the NL East rivals. Freddie Freeman had a pair of hits to raise his average to .491. Chris Johnson continues to struggle in the cleanup spot. The third baseman struck out in all four plate appearances in last night's loss. In all, a dozen Braves fanned, and the team was just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Santana brilliant in Braves debut, Heyward has 3-hit night

Jason Heyward doubled his season hits total with a 3-hit night, Ervin Santana was brilliant in his Braves debut and Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons continued their consistent play last night as the Braves held on for a 4-3 win over the Mets at Turner Field. Heyward led off the Braves first inning with his second home run of the season and drove in another run in the Braves 3-run fifth inning highlighted by Freeman's 2-run single. Santana pitched eight innings, allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out six and walking none. The Mets rallied in the ninth with three runs off Josh Walden and closer Craig Kimbrel. Walden gave up a hit and a walk and left with one out. Kimbrel, not accustomed to entering the game in the middle of an inning, allowed a walk and two hits. Two of the runs in the inning were charged to Walden, while Kimbrel gave up the other, his first of the season. He struck out two in picking up his fourth save. Heyward, Simmons and Freeman, the first three hitters in the order, accounted for seven of the Braves nine hits and all of the RBIs.

Braves blanked by Mets and Colon

The electricity produced by the appearance of Hank Aaron in pre-game ceremonies exciting the crowd, the Braves failed to take advantage of it, falling 4-0 to the Mets in the home opener at Turner Field. Aaron Harang pitched another outstanding game, allowing two hits and one run in six innings. Unfortunately, the Mets' Bartolo Colon was even better, holding the Braves to six hits and no runs in seven innings. Atlanta managed eight hits, but couldn't come up with one in the clutch, going oh-for-six with runners in scoring position. Jose Valverde, the Mets' third pitcher of the night, retired Jason Heyward on a long fly ball to end the game with the bases loaded. The struggling Heyward is hitting just .107 batting in the leadoff spot. He was oh-for-five last night, the only Braves position player without a hit. Justin Upton had a pair of singles. Freddie Freeman had the only extra base hit, a first inning double. The shutout was the second time the Braves have been blanked in seven games, and they have scored two or fewer in five of the games. Harang, who dropped to 1-1, despite an ERA of 0.71 in his two starts.

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