More Lack Of Offense Plus Meltdown Leads To Braves Shutout Loss To Brewers

MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 11: Jean Segura #9 of the Milwaukee Brewers is called safe at first base as Lyle Overbay #27 of the Atlanta Braves catches the ball during the bottom of the 3rd inning at Miller Park on September 11, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

This is déjà vu all over again.

Another seventh inning implosion coupled with more offensive fail led to Atlanta's 5-0 loss to the Brewers.

This time, it was Milwaukee's turn to score first with a first-inning home run by Rickie Weeks off Tim Hudson. The Atlanta starter allowed only one other hit - Jean Segura in the third, but he was picked off - through five innings and had four strikeouts.

Likewise, Atlanta managed only two hits against Marco Estrada through five innings, both by Andrelton Simmons. A few Braves made some solid contact, but had nothing to show for it; among them, Chipper Jones, Jason Heyward and even Lyle Overbay all suffered from warning track power and just missed turning the game around in Atlanta's favor. Altogether, Estrada gave up only four singles in 6.2 innings; Overbay's hard-hit fly out to right chased him in the seventh.

Hudson had allowed just three hits through six innings with the score still 1-0 when just like last night, the bottom dropped out in the seventh. Aramis Ramirez reached on an infield single leading off, but may have gotten away with the call as the throw from Simmons appeared to beat Ramirez by a fraction of a second. Jonathan Lucroy then hit a clean single to right before Carlos Gomez was grazed by a pitch to load the bases with one out. A ground ball to second by Segura looked like a double play, but the throw by Simmons was late and Ramirez scored. Taylor Green added a pinch-hit single for another run; Norichika Aoki followed with a double for the third run of the inning. Hudson left the game at that point, flinging his glove and cap into the dugout in disgust.

To add insult to injury, Ramirez homered in the eighth off Miguel Batista.

Atlanta will try to avoid a sweep Wednesday.

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