Braves Have First Losing Streak, Fall To Pirates 3-1

Justin K. Aller

Paul Maholm gave up his first run of the 2013 season, and the Braves bats fell silent again as the Pirates beat Atlanta 3-1

Paul Maholm finally allowed a run in 2013, giving up 3 in 6 innings to the Pirates. James McDonald pitched through some early wildness to shut down the Braves' offense as the Pirates beat the Braves 3-1 to send Atlanta on it's first losing streak of the year.

James McDonald , who has struggled mightily so far, started out dominating, striking out B.J. Upton, Jason Heyward, and Justin Upton in the first. It was a bad sign for the Braves' offense.

In the second, McDonald ran into a bout of wildness. He hit Evan Gattis leading off the inning, and Chris Johnson followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Dan Uggla drew a walk, loading the bases with no one out. Juan Francisco then struck out on three pitches, bringing up Andrelton Simmons. Simmons drew a walk, scoring the first run of the game. Atlanta squandered further scoring opportunity, as Maholm and B.J. both stuck out to end the threat.

Maholm and McDonald would trade zeroes after that until the 6th inning, when Maholm ran into trouble. Maholm got ahead 0-2, but couldn't put away Starling Marte, who walked on a full count. Jose Tabata sacrificed Marte to second, and Andrew McCutchen drove him in with an RBI double, tying the game at one. Gaby Sanchez then came to the plate and drove a 1-2 pitch from Maholm out to dead center. Sanchez's homer put the Bucs ahead 3-1 and would prove to be the final margin of victory.

Atlanta would only manage two hits after that, as they fell to Pittsburgh. Maholm took him first loss of the year, allowing those 3 runs on 4 hits in 6 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 5. Atlanta dropped to 13-4 with the loss, while the Pirates improved to 9-8.

Atlanta will look to salvage a split tomorrow in the series finale, with Kris Medlen on the hill. The Pirates will counter with Jonathan Sanchez. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 PM.

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