The Atlanta Braves fell behind early but were able to outlast the Milwaukee Brewers at the end of an 8-7 victory Sunday at SunTrust Park. What was billed as a pitching duel between Sean Newcomb and Chase Anderson quickly broke down into a slugfest as the two teams combined for 28 hits and 17 runs.
Neither starting pitcher was around long in this one. Atlanta jumped on Anderson in the first plating a pair of runs on a run-scoring triple by Nick Markakis and an RBI single by Johan Camargo. Anderson however would get his revenge in the second when he came to the plate with two runners on and delivered a single back through the middle on an 0-2 pitch to tie the game at 2-2.
The Braves retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run by Ronald Acuña Jr. It was Acuna’s 15th home run of the season and his eighth since the All-Star break.
However, Milwaukee answered back in the fourth as Jesus Aguilar took an outside pitch from Newcomb and drove it into the right center field stands for a three-run home run to put the Brewers back in front 5-4.
Newcomb would escape the fourth with no further damage but was in trouble from the start and would exit after throwing 96 pitches while allowing a season-high 12 hits and five earned runs. Anderson wasn’t much better allowing five hits and four runs over four innings including Acuña’s homer.
Aguilar would make it 6-4 in the fifth when he doubled off the wall in right off of Luke Jackson to score Christian Yelich. Atlanta got that run back in the bottom of the inning thanks to back-to-back doubles by Freddie Freeman and Markakis. However, the Brewers once again pushed it back to a two-run advantage in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Mike Moustakas off of Jackson.
The Braves came right back in the bottom half of the inning. Corbin Burnes retired Ender Inciarte to start the frame but then hit Tyler Flowers to bring the tying run to the plate. Dansby Swanson then worked the count before jumping on an inside fast ball that he drove into the bullpen in left for a two-run home run to tie the game at 7-7.
Jonny Venters came on to pitch the seventh and immediately found himself in trouble after back-to-back singles by Eric Kratz and Lorenzo Cain to lead off the inning. Then with Yelich at the plate, Flowers attempted to throw behind Kratz at second but the throw sailed into center field allowing the runners to move up to second and third.
Venters bent but would not break as he struck out Yelich for the first out and walked Aguilar intentionally to load the bases. He then got Ryan Braun to ground into an inning ending double play to escape without any damage.
The Braves took advantage as Ozzie Albies jumped on an inside pitch from Brewers’ reliever Dan Jennings and drove it out to left to put Atlanta in front 8-7. Brad Brach pitched a perfect eighth and A.J. Minter pitched around a single by Kratz in the ninth to pick up the victory.
Milwaukee finished the game with 19 hits and left 13 men on base but still came up on the losing end. Atlanta had nine hits but made the most of its opportunities going 4-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Freeman extended his hitting streak to 14-straight games with a first-inning double.
The win gives Atlanta a series win and moves them a half game closer to the NL East lead. The team will continue its homestand on Monday when they open up a four-game series against the Miami Marlins with a doubleheader.