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Braves vs. Brewers Score: Disastrous Seventh Inning Dooms Atlanta In 4-1 Loss

The Atlanta Braves held a 1-0 lead entering the seventh inning. They loaded the bases when it was their turn to hit, only for Michael Bourn to swing at a ball out of the zone and pop it up lazily.

The Brewers then came to the plate. With Jonny Venters on the mound, Martin Maldonado singled to get things started. The next batter was willing to give himself up with a bunt, but Venters walked him instead. The next batter, Jeff Bianchi, was also willing to give himself up with a bunt. He set one down in front of the mound, prompting Venters to field the ball and throw wildly to third base when he clearly had no play on the runner. A run scored to tie it at 1-1.

A two-run double and sacrifice fly followed as Milwaukee took a 4-1 lead. That was more than enough on a night Atlanta continually beat themselves.

The Braves gave away four outs on the base paths tonight. Jason Heyward was caught stealing, Freddie Freeman was picked off first base and Martin Prado was caught going first-to-third two times. The club is now 3-16 on Mondays this season.

The two clubs will meet again on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.