Freddie Freeman Sinks Giants With Walkoff Hit, Braves Win 5-4

ATLANTA - AUGUST 15: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves is mobbed by teammates after knocking in the game-winning run against the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field on August 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Freddie Freeman does not fear the beard.

Down to his last strike, Atlanta's star rookie first baseman comes through with another walk-off hit to topple the Giants 5-4.

Brian McCann gave the Braves an early 1-0 lead with a first-inning home run off Madison BumgarnerJose Constanza extended the lead with an RBI single in the second and gave Tim Hudson a 2-0 advantage.

Hudson loaded the bases in the first inning, but was able to escape further trouble. However, that didn't happen in the fourth. Michael Bourn's error followed by a walk and a hit batsman permitted sacrifice flies from Orlando Cabrera and Eli Whiteside to tie the game.

The score remained tied until the sixth when Hudson served up a home run to Nate Schierholtz, his ninth of the year. Two innings later, Hudson allowed yet another home run, this one to Mike Fontenot, putting the Giants up 4-2.

Brian Wilson came in to save the game in the ninth, but apparent back problems gave him some trouble with control. He gave up an infield hit to Constanza and walked Eric Hinske with no outs. Following a sacrifice bunt, Martin Prado's first and only hit of the game scored Constanza to cut the lead to 4-3. McCann walked to load the bases and with two outs, Freeman smacked a single to center, scoring two to give the Braves another walk-off win.

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