With one swing of the bat, Brian McCann turned a miserable situation into a festive one.
Jordan Schafer led off the game with a double, and after a bloop single by Andrelton Simmons, the Braves looked to be in business. Then Jason Heyward struck out. Then Freddie Freeman walked to load the bases. And then B.J. Upton struck out, leaving the bases loaded with 2 outs. Looking at the past few days, it looked like another heartbreak inning. And then McCann came through, belting one to deep left-center for his 10th career grand slam. The first runs in over 2 games gave the Braves a nice 4-0 cushion.
The Braves would add 2 more runs courtesy of home runs by Chris Johnson and Jordan Schafer before things got a little hairy in the fifth. Paul Maholm had been cruising, but reliever Tom Gorzelanny singled to lead off the inning. After a fielder's choice by Norichika Aoki, Jean Segura continued his recent success with a double. Logan Schafer singled in two runs before Jonathan Lucroy homered to make it 6-4.
The Brewers never got any closer, however. Luis Avilan and Anthony Varvaro kept the Brewers at bay, and Jordan Walden cleaned up Cory Gearrin's mess. Dan Uggla would later single in a run to give the Braves a three-run cushion that Craig Kimbrel didn't particularly need.
It was a rough weekend in Milwaukee, but it was a refreshing win for the Braves. And they scored 7 runs while striking out 11 times.
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