Greinke Keeps Dodgers In The Game, Braves Score Late To Avoid Sweep

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Greinke reached on an infield single that Uribe made a nice scoop and throw on, only for Freeman’s foot to come off the base. The Braves challenged the ruling, which was upheld after a review that lasted just under two minutes. Greinke then moved into scoring position by stealing second base without drawing a throw.

Pederson singled to right field, though hit the ball too hard for Greinke to score at second base. Rollins stranded both runners by grounding out and the game remained tied at 1-1. Maybin and Freeman both struck out in the sixth and Nick Markakis flied out in another scoreless inning for Atlanta.

After an Adrian Gonzalez base hit and Turner one-out walk, Wood kept the game tied by inducing Alex Guerrero into an inning-ending double play. Yimi Garcia took over for Greinke in the seventh and struck out the first two batters faced. Jonny Gomes then fouled out to complete a 1-2-3 inning for the Dodger reliever.

Garcia’s night came to an end in the bottom of the seventh when Kiké Hernandez pinch-hit with one out and Ellis on first after having reached via a walk. Wood kept the game knotted at 1-1 by striking out Hernandez and getting Pederson to line out.

Chris Hatcher came on in the eighth and allowed Simmons to reach on a leadoff bloop single. Hatcher then walked pinch-hitter Todd Cunningham on four pitches and his night quickly came to an end. Adam Liberatore battled back from a 3-0 count against Peterson to get the Braves second baseman to hit into a force out.

The at-bat left runners on the corners with one out for Maybin, who flied out to center but not deep enough to score Simmons from third. Liberatore walked Freeman but fall four was a wild pitch that sailed over Ellis’ head, allowing Simmons to score and give the Braves a 2-1 lead.

Markakis followed with a slicing ground-rule double that Guerrero was unable to track down and the Braves’ lead grew to 3-1. Liberatore intentionally walked Uribe to load the bases with two outs. A.J. Pierzynski ended the inning by grounding out on the first pitch he saw.

Jim Johnson relieved Wood in the eighth and struck out two of the three batters faced in a scoreless inning. Juan Nicasio retired the side in order in the ninth to keep the Dodgers within two runs of the Braves.

Guerrero hit a solo home run off Jason Grilli in the bottom of the ninth and Andre Ethier reached on a pinch-hit single. Ellis grounded a would-be double play ball to Uribe and he bobbled it, which resulted in the Braves only getting an out at second base.

Alberto Callaspo pinch hit representing the winning run and flied out to end the Dodgers’ comeback bid. With the 3-2 win the Braves avoided the being swept in the three-game series.


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