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Series Recap: Braves vs. Rays

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The Braves split a two-game series with the Rays in Atlanta.

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One can't deduce as much from a two-game series as a three-game series, but the Braves split the two games with the visiting Rays, dropping the opener 5-3 on Tuesday while edging out a 2-1 win on Wednesday.

Atlanta's offense didn't do a whole lot, totaling nine hits in the two games; only Cameron Maybin had more than one hit. The team scored all three runs in Tuesday's game in the second inning on a bases-loaded walk, a single, and a groundout. Of Atlanta's four hits in that game, two of them came in that inning, and they were the only two hits off Erasmo Ramirez in his five innings. The Braves had better fortune against Jake Odorizzi Wednesday, scoring two runs in six innings against him; those two were enough for Williams Perez, who kept the Rays at bay in his first major-league start, holding them to a single run, striking out seven in five innings of a no-decision.

Mike Foltynewicz wasn't as good in his start on Tuesday. He contributed to his own demise in the fifth inning of a tie ballgame when he issued a two-out walk to James Loney, wild pitched him to second, and gave up two straight run-scoring hits. Despite that, he struck out seven in five innings, as did Perez in his start Wednesday.

Atlanta's bullpen tossed eight shutout innings, which is a bit of a shock considering how the relief corps has performed this year. Trevor Cahill even had two scoreless innings, if you can believe it. New Braves reliever Nick Masset debuted with his new team Tuesday.