ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 30: Yamaico Navarro #36 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is congratulated by Neil Walker #18 after hitting a sixth inning home run against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Pirates Vs. Braves: Atlanta Drops Series Finale, Mike Minor Struggles

The Braves split the four-game series with the Pirates.

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Offense Comes On Late, Braves Defeat Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 For Third Straight Victory

Dan Uggla and Chipper Jones both had two-RBI base hits in the seventh inning as the Atlanta Braves opened up a 6-1 lead that they would hold for their 13th win of the young season.

As noted earlier, the scariest part of the game for Atlanta fans came in the sixth inning when Brian McCann was pulled with an apparent rib cage strain, which you may remember is the same injury he suffered through last season. He is listed as day-to-day at the moment.

David Ross, who come on the replace McCann, drew a walk and scored during the four-run seventh inning.

Tommy Hanson went six innings for the Braves, throwing 60 of his 102 pitches for strikes. He would strike out five, and walk three.

Kris Medlen was dominant in relief for the Braves, as he went three scoreless innings in which the only base runner allowed was a walk. He now sports a 1.42 ERA on the season.

For more Braves coverage, make sure to head on over to Talking Chop.

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Brian McCann Exits Game In 6th Inning, Braves Lead Pirates 2-1

According to a tweet from ESPN's Buster Olney, Braves catcher Brian McCann was pulled from Friday night's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning. He was replaced behind the plate by David Ross.

After Garrett Jones of the Pirates singled to drive in a run and tie the game in the top of the fourth inning, the Braves scored in the bottom of the inning when shortstop Tyler Pastornicky singled to center to drive in Jason Heyward.

Michael Bourn continues to have success at the plate as he is 2-for-2 thus far to raise his season marks to .325/.393/.412.

Tommy Hanson has looked good in six innings pitched so far, allowing just one run on six hits. He has struck out five, while walking three.

We'll continue to monitor the situation with Brian McCann, and for continued Atlanta Braves coverage, make sure to head on over to Talking Chop.

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