Andrelton Simmons Wins Game For Braves On Walk-off Hit In 10th vs. Pirates

Scott Cunningham

The hit was the first walk-off hit for Simmons; B.J. Upton added a game-tying homer for the Braves.

For the second straight game, Atlanta had to come from behind to beat the Pirates. Andrelton Simmons delivered the game-winning hit in the 10th inning of Atlanta's 5-4 win.

Pittsburgh jumped out in front early again when Gaby Sanchez homered leading off the second inning against Mike Minor; they added two more in the third inning when with one on and two out, Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen hit consecutive doubles, upping the score to 3-0.

Atlanta got two runs back in the bottom of the third against Jeff Locke; with Simmons and Jason Heyward on base, Freddie Freeman poked a double to left to score both runners and cut Pittsburgh's lead to one. Pedro Alvarez, though, homered in the fourth to regain one of those runs and extend the Pirates lead to two.

The score was still 4-2 in the sixth when Locke was finally chased from the game. After Locke gave up a two-out single to Dan Uggla, Ryan Reid was summoned from the Pirates bullpen. B.J. Upton, who has been showing signs of breaking out of a season-long slump, crushed a two-run homer to center to tie the game.

Atlanta mounted rallies in the eighth and ninth - Freddie Freeman once again just missed a home run in the ninth - but could not push across the winning run and the game headed to extra innings.

In the 10th, Dan Uggla drew a leadoff walk from Mark Melancon and pinch-hitter Reed Johnson was drilled with a pitch. Simmons lined a 1-1 pitch to right, allowing Uggla to walk home with the winning run. It was the first walk-off hit for Simmons in his young career.

Anthony Varvaro earned the win with a perfect inning of relief. Mike Minor struck out six in six innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits.

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