Braves Rally Falls Short, Lose to Diamondbacks 7-4


The Braves loaded the bases in both the eighth and ninth innings but could only muster one run as their late game rally fell short. Arizona starter Dan Haren wasn’t great allowing three runs in 5.2 innings but Braves starter Derek Lowe was downright dreadful allowing seven earned runs in only 4 innings of action.

After trailing 7-1 going into the fifth inning the Braves bullpen did an excellent job of keeping the Diamondbacks at bay allowing only one hit the rest of the way. The Braves offense went to work trying to chip away at the Diamondbacks lead. Melky Cabrera had an RBI single in the sixth and David Ross quickly followed that with an RBI double of his own to make the score 7-3. The Braves loaded the bases in the eighth but the only run they could score was when Ross was hit by an Aaron Heilman pitch forcing in Eric Hinske to make it 7-4. The Braves once again loaded the bases in the ninth but Yunel Escobar’s sharply hit ball was turned into an game ending double play.

On the night the Braves banged out eleven hits but just couldn’t get the big one late when they needed it. Four Braves hitters had at least two hits with Melky Cabrera also driving in two runs. Cabrera got the start in Center Field for an injured Nate McLouth.

Game two will be on Tuesday night with the first pitch slated for 9:40 pm Eastern Time. Braves starter Kris Medlen (3-1, 2.79) will be opposed by Edwin Jackson (3-6, 5.33)