Gattis's Heroics, Freeman's Walk-Off Lead Braves To Exhilarating Comeback Win Over Twins

Freddie Freeman watches his game-winning hit fly. - Kevin C. Cox

Evan Gattis hit a solo shot to tie the game with two outs in the ninth, and Freddie Freeman won it for Atlanta with a walkoff single in the bottom of the tenth.

In a game prolonged by a lengthy rain delay in the 3rd, Atlanta got more late-game fireworks from Evan Gattis as they engineered a thrilling comeback win over the Twins, 5-4.

Atlanta teed off early against Twins' starter Mike Pelfrey in the first inning. Jason Heyward got things going with a one-out single to left. After Justin Upton flied out to left - getting under what looked to be a fat pitch - Freddie Freeman stroked a double into the right-center gap. Heyward flashed his impressive speed, scoring easily from first to make it 1-0. Brian McCann followed with a line drive single down the left-field line, scoring Freeman to make it 2-0.

The Twins got one back in the second, when shortstop Pedro Floriman drove in Justin Morneau with an RBI single. Hudson plunked Morneau to start the inning.

In the third inning the rains came. The game was delayed for over an hour until the showers passed, at which point Hudson somewhat surprisingly came back out to continue pitching. He didn't look particularly sharp, and allowed two straight hits to tie the game at 2-2.

Pelfrey, however, did not come back out, as Ron Gardenhire opted to go with Anthony Swarzak out of the bullpen. Swarkzak was largely impressive over four innings of work, but he made one mistake on a pitch to Brian McCann. Mac belted a low line drive home run to lead off the fourth, putting Atlanta back on top 3-2.

That score would hold until the 8th inning, when the Braves' pen faltered. Luis Avilan and Cory Gearrin combined to allow two Twins to score, on RBI singles by Trevor Plouffe and Ryan Doumit. The last RBI single was somewhat dubious, as Gearrin appeared to have stuck out Doumit on a 2-2 pitch, but it was called a ball. Doumit would drive in the go-ahead run on the very next pitch.

Fortunately, the Braves had some more late-inning magic left in them. The Twins brought in closer Glen Perkins for the 9th inning, who coaxed a flyout from Brian McCann and whiffed Dan Uggla. Fredi Gonzalez then brought in Evan Gattis to pinch hit with two outs. Gattis fouled a pitch off, then got an 0-1 pitch diving down in the zone. Gattis took a pitch that looked almost unhittable and golfed it over the left field wall for a game-tying home run.

In the 10th, the Braves kept the magic going. Minnesota brought in lefty reliever Brian Duensing, who quickly coaxed two outs from Ramiro Pena and Andrelton Simmons. After going down 0-2, Jason Heyward battled until he got a 2-2 pitch that he smashed into the left-center gap. Heyward put an off-balance swing on it and still managed to drive it all the way to wall for a two-out double. Duensing then intentionally walked Justin Upton to bring up Freddie Freeman. Freeman battled too, working the count full before roping a low slider into right-center for the game-winning hit.

Atlanta will go for the sweep tomorrow in an afternoon special. Vance Worley will go for the Twins and the Braves will counter with Paul Maholm. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 PM.

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