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Iwakuma dominates, Braves fall to M's 2-0

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Scott Cunningham

For the second straight start, Mike Minor has a stellar pitching performance go unrewarded.

Minor and Hisashi Iwakuma dueled for seven innings, but it was Iwakuma who came out on top in this low-scoring contest as Seattle sweeps the two-game battle in Atlanta.

Jason Heyward was the only Brave to reach third base in the game, that being in the very first inning. The Atlanta offense managed all of six singles against Seattle's starter, providing no run support for Minor who held the Mariners to just five hits in seven innings, but one of the hits an RBI single to Cole Gillespie in the fourth. The way Iwakuma was pitching, one would be plenty but for good measure, Seattle added another run on two eighth-inning hits.

Iwakuma retired 12 in a row at one point and struck out seven Braves. What was particularly frustrating is that of the six hits he allowed, four of them led off an inning.

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Source: FanGraphs