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Maholm Shelled Again, Braves Swept By Brewers With 8-2 Loss

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For the second time in his last three starts, Paul Maholm was on the receiving end of an ugly drubbing. The Milwaukee Brewers scored all eight of their runs in the fifth inning, handing the Braves an 8-2 loss to complete a three-game sweep.

The game actually started out well for Atlanta. Jason Heyward crushed a 3-0 fastball from Yovani Gallardo down the right field line for his 26th home run of the year. Heyward made his presence felt again in the bottom of the third, making a leaping catch in front of the right field wall to rob Ryan Braun of what might have been a two-run homer.

Chipper Jones drew a leadoff walk in the fourth and came around to score Atlanta's second run when Dan Uggla hit into a double play, giving Atlanta a 2-0 lead. Chipper, though, would be a contributor to yet another nightmare inning.

Leading off the fifth, Milwaukee's Jeff Bianchi hit a ground ball toward Chipper, but the ball was bobbled long enough for Bianchi to reach safely. After a sacrifice, Norichika Aoki reached base on an infield single with one out before Rickie Weeks hit a three-run homer to right to give Milwaukee the lead, but that was just the beginning of the mess. Three straight hits led to another run and after a walk loaded the bases, Travis Ishikawa lined a bases-clearing double to right. Maholm was finally relieved after giving up six hits, but Cristhian Martinez gave up a run-scoring double to Gallardo. 13 Brewers stepped to the plate in the inning; seven in a row reached base.

Heyward's homer was the first of two hits in the first inning, but Atlanta managed only three hits the rest of the way.