Braves Come Back, Win Series With Walkoff

The Braves bounce back, taking advantage of their MLB-best home record.

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Braves End Losing Streak, Stomp Marlins 12-3

The Braves’ offense was all the way turnt up for this one, as the Braves put up 6 runs in the second inning and continued to pile up runs throughout the game. Matt Diaz lead off the bottom half of the second inning with a solo home run and Brian McCann capped it with a bases clearing double. Prado matched a career best 5 RBIs, including a 2-run home run off Burke Badenhop in the seventh. Eric Hinske, relieving Derrek Lee of first base duties, also went deep Saturday night. Lee was removed for precautionary reasons with a right side strain. After the game, Bobby Cox noted that Lee may be held out from the series finale Sunday afternoon.

On the other side of the ball, Tim Hudson continued his Cy Young caliber performance, giving up 1 earned run over 7 innings, while striking out a career best, 13 batters. This win puts Hudson at 15-5 on the season with a 2.24 ERA. Hudson earned a standing ovation from the Turner Field crowd after he struck out the first two batters of the game, surpassing the 1,500 strikeout mark for his career.

The Braves’ NL East division lead holds steady at 2 games, as the Phillies beat the Padres 3-1 Saturday afternoon. Head on over to Talking Chop for further analysis.

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Talking Chop Recaps Friday Night's Braves 7-1 Loss To Marlins

From Talking Chop:

Did the Braves dig up a Native American burial ground on their way out of Chicago? Maybe Bobby Cox inherited the Cubs’ curse when Lou Piniella retired? OK, so it’s probably just garden-variety ineptitude, not some sort of mystical curse. At any rate, not much has gone right since the Braves left Chicago.

Tommy Hanson gave up 4 home runs (all solo shots, but still… not very good). The Braves’ offense made Chris Volstad look like Josh Johnson for the first 7 innings. And just to make things a bit more embarrassing, the Braves’ defense looked worse than my nephew’s little league team at times. It was pretty much a thorough domination by the Marlins. To add wetness to injury, it even rained in the 9th inning.

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