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Adams homers twice to help Braves to much needed win

Pittsburgh Pirates v Atlanta Braves Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves saw another lead slip away but Matt Adams’ second home run of the day proved to be the difference in a 12-inning 6-5 win.

Adams took a low and away slider from Blake Wood out to the opposite field to put the Braves in front for good. Jim Johnson pitched out of trouble in the 11th but worked a perfect 12th to secure the win.

Cincinnati got on the board first in the fourth on a solo home run by Jose Peraza.

The Braves wasted no time answering back in the fifth. Brandon Phillips got things started as he reached on a throwing error by third baseman Eugenio Suarez. Nick Markakis followed with a walk and a single by Matt Kemp loaded the bases.

Adams then launched a 426 foot shot to center to clear the bases and put the Braves in front 4-1. Adonis Garcia followed with a double and later scored on a single by Dansby Swanson to increase the lead to 5-1.

R.A. Dickey pitched well over the first five innings but ran into some trouble in the sixth thanks to what appeared to be a blown call by the second base umpire. After Scooter Gennett began the inning with a flyout to right, Dickey hit Peraza. Devin Mesoraco followed with a ground ball to Swanson who threw to Phillips at second for what appeared to be a force out.

However, Peraza was ruled safe as the umpire indicated that Phillips wasn’t on the bag when receiving the throw. The play was reviewed and the call was upheld despite it appearing that Phillips’ heel was on the bag.

Dickey seemed to further unravel from there as he loaded the bases with a walk and then surrendered a run scoring single Arismendy Alcantara to cut the lead to 5-2.

Dickey was then replaced by Jason Motte who promptly walked Zack Cozart to force in a run and then surrendered a two-run single to Joey Votto that tied the game.

That was it for the scoring until Adams heroics in the 12th. Atlanta’s bullpen allowed just three hits while working the final 6 23 of the game to secure the win.

Adams had a two-homer game for the first time since 2014 and finished 3-for-5. Adonis Garcia banged out four more hits and is 6-for-10 since returning from the disabled list. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Braves.

The series will conclude on Sunday with Julio Teheran scheduled to matchup against left hander Amir Garrett.