Braves waste 4-0 lead, fall to White Sox 10-6

David Banks

Coming into today's game, the Chicago White Sox had a team wRC+ of 69 against left-handed pitching on the year. Combine that with the fact that Atlanta jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two and a half innings, and it seemed like the Braves were well on their way to a series-clinching win.

Instead, the White Sox pummeled left-handed Braves starter Paul Maholm for seven runs in what ended up a being a 10-6 loss for the Braves.

Atlanta pounced on White Sox starter Jake Peavy early when Dan Uggla launched his team-leading 19th homer of the season into the left field seats to give the Braves a 2-0 lead in the second inning. A RBI single from Justin Upton and a sacrifice fly from Freddie Freeman put two more Braves runs on the board in the top of the third to make it 4-0.

After that moment, things quickly became unhinged for the visitors from Atlanta. A double, walk, single and a RBI single to start the bottom of the third made it a 4-1 game and loaded the bases for Chicago's Alex Rios. Rios connected with the first pitch he saw from Maholm, sending it over the fence in left-center for a grand slam that gave Chicago a 5-4 lead.

Things didn't go much better for Maholm in the fourth inning. Josh Phegley led off with a double, and came around to score on a single that Andrelton Simmons couldn't quite wrangle. At that point, down 6-4 and getting hit hard, Maholm called the trainer out to look at his throwing arm. He left the game with what was later diagnosed by the Braves as a sprained left wrist.

RBI singles from Rios and Jeff Keppinger off of David Carpenter plated three more runs in the inning, making it a 9-4 game. Phegley added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh with a RBI single off of Anthony Varvaro that plated Blake Tekote.

Freeman connected on his tenth homer of the year in the eighth inning, a two-run shot that made it a 10-6 game. That's as close as Atlanta could get.

Win Expectancy Chart

Source: FanGraphs

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