Gerardo Parra's big day at the plate did in Atlanta.
The Braves struck first, bringing across a run in the top of the first against Ian Kennedy. Michael Bourn led off with a double, and advanced to third on a grounder from Prado. A Freddie Freeman sacrifice fly brought Bourn in from third, making it 1-0.
The Braves lead was short lived.
With two outs in the second, Jason Kubel singled off Randall Delgado, and advanced to third thanks to a double from Cody Ransom. Then, Fredi Gonzalez made the strange decision to intentionally walk John McDonald, who entered today's game with a robust .611 OPS.
That moved backfired, as Delgado walked the pitcher Kennedy to bring in a run to tie the game. Up next was Parra, who launched a badly located fastball into the right field seats for a grand slam. That made it a 5-1 game.
Atlanta got a run back in the top of the third when Prado doubled, allowing Bourn to come all the way around from first to score. Bourn's run closed the gap to 5-2.
Back-to-back singles from Delgado and Bourn with one out in the top of the fifth had the Braves in good position to score. Prado followed with a grounder to third, and Bourn was called out at second on the force out. However, he was clearly safe, and I was surprised Gonzalez didn't come out to argue a clearly wrong call.
Freeman then singled to center, scoring Delgado and making it a 5-3 game.
Delgado came back out for the sixth, but after back-to-back one out walks, he was pulled in favor of Chad Durbin. Durbin managed to escape the inning unscathed, but Durbin shouldn't be used in situations like that.
Ian Kennedy- 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
Randall Delgado- 5.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K.
J.J. Putz (5)