Freddie Freeman drove in runners from 2nd and 3rd with nobody out in the 1st, and Charlie Culberson did the same with 2 out in the 3rd, leading the Braves in salvaging a game from the 3 game set. Brandon McCarthy allowed the runs in his 5 innings, before Shane Carle, Jesse Biddle, Dan Winkler, and A.J. Minter shut the door. After Friday night’s debacle, the bullpen bounced back with 8 1/3 innings of 2 hit scoreless ball to close out the series.
Dansby Swanson‘s 2 run pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 8th cost Minter the save opportunity. Ozzie Albies added 3 more hits and scored 2 runs, and Nick Markakis and Johan Camargo added 2 more hits each.
Arodys Vizcaino was placed on the 10 day DL prior to the game; Minter and Winkler are reportedly in line to close in the interim.
The Braves improve to 44 – 32 and open up a 2 game lead over the Phillies, pending the outcome of the Phillies – Nationals game Sunday night. The Reds come to town on Monday.