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Eighth-inning eruption propels Braves past slumping Brewers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Brian McCann quickly made up for his lapse.

One inning after a run scored when he failed to block a pitch, McCann hit a go-ahead, three-run double in a seven-run eighth, and the Atlanta Braves beat Milwaukee 9-3 Wednesday to send the Brewers to their seventh loss in eight games.

"One minute the ball gets by me, their guy scores and they get the lead," McCann said. "I just got put in a good situation to redeem myself."

Milwaukee had gone ahead 2-1 in the seventh when Damian Miller scored on Tim Hudson's wild pitch.

"Any time you mess up and a runner scores because of you, it's not a good feeling," McCann said. "At the same time you can't just sit there and think about it. I came in and let some frustration out in the dugout and kind of regrouped myself. Everything worked out."

Hudson (6-3) threw his glove on the dugout bench when he came in after the inning.

"I felt like my 2-year-old little boy after he throws a tantrum," Hudson said. "Then I felt pretty good after that. Mac was kicking himself for not blocking it, but I told him it was a tough pitch. I thought that was the ballgame. I couldn't believe it. I thought I was about to lose a game 2-1 on a wild pitch."

Derrick Turnbow (1-3) replaced starter Dave Bush to start the eighth but walked Kelly Johnson and Willie Harris with one out. Edgar Renteria loaded the bases with an infield single off diving third baseman Ryan Braun, who made his major league debut last week.

Brian Shouse relieved, and McCann doubled to the gap in left-center on his second pitch for a 4-2 lead.

"It was a bad time to throw a bad pitch," Shouse said.

Andruw Jones followed with an RBI double against Chris Spurling and scored on Jeff Francoeur's single. Matt Diaz and Johnson added run-scoring singles Diaz had grounded out as a pinch hitter leading off the inning.

Milwaukee has lost 14 of 19 following a 24-10 start. The NL Central leader has dropped six consecutive series.

"This series is over," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "We've got another one tomorrow."

Hudson allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings,

"He should be 9-2 and has pitched lights out all year," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "I can't say enough about him."

Prince Fielder hit his league-leading 18th homer, his 12th of the month which ties a club record with three others in the bottom half of the eighth off Rafael Soriano. Jones added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Braun's RBI grounder in the first was offset in the third by Johnson's solo homer, his seventh of the season and first since April 25.

Notes

  • Milwaukee is 25-2 when leading after the seven innings.
  • Atlanta's Chipper Jones missed his seventh game in a row as a result of a cortisone shot in his right hand.
  • Braves pitcher John Smoltz, who left Tuesday's game in the fourth inning after he irritated a pinky injury, played catch before the game and said he felt fine.
  • McCann hit a foul ball in the first inning that went under Miller's right leg and bounced off his throwing hand.
  • Braves assistant clubhouse manager Chris Van Zant ran as the hot dog in the sausage race and took third place.
  • Hudson has allowed seven runs in the first inning, the most he's given up in any inning.
 
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Brian McCann gives the Braves the lead for good with a three-run double during a seven-run eighth inning.  (AP)
Brian McCann gives the Braves the lead for good with a three-run double during a seven-run eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

K. Johnson
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

E. Renteria
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B4232110 .289
Willie Harris, LF4110113 .389
Edgar Renteria, SS5240000 .328
Brian McCann, C5113004 .274
Andruw Jones, CF4112012 .230
Jeff Francoeur, RF5121000 .292
Scott Thorman, 1B4000022 .232
Pete Orr, 3B4110011 .189
Tim Hudson, P2000010 .154
   a- Matt Diaz, PH2011000 .345
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
Totals39914927  
a-grounded out for Hudson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria 2 (14, Bush, Wise), Brian McCann (16, Shouse), Andruw Jones (14, Spurling), Jeff Francoeur (15, Bush)
HR - Kelly Johnson (7, Bush)
SF - Andruw Jones (3)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (29), Brian McCann 3 (25), Andruw Jones 2 (36), Jeff Francoeur (38), Matt Diaz (12)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson (21), Matt Diaz (3)
CS - Kelly Johnson (2, 2nd base by Bush/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - McCann-Johnson
E - Edgar Renteria (5, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (W,6-3) 7622130 2.77
Rafael Soriano 1111021 2.63
Bob Wickman 1000010 2.76
WP - Tim Hudson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 88-53, Rafael Soriano 17-12, Bob Wickman 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 16-2, Rafael Soriano 1-0, Bob Wickman 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 28, Rafael Soriano 4, Bob Wickman 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF4110011 .280
J.J. Hardy, SS4000013 .296
Ryan Braun, 3B4001010 .250
Prince Fielder, 1B3111100 .291
Geoff Jenkins, LF4010001 .291
Bill Hall, CF4020011 .261
Damian Miller, C4110013 .226
Craig Counsell, 2B3010010 .237
Dave Bush, P2000000 .143
   a- Gabe Gross, PH1000001 .222
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
Totals3337216  
a-grounded out for Bush in the 7th
Batting
HR - Prince Fielder (18, Soriano)
SH - Craig Counsell (4)
RBI - Ryan Braun (4), Prince Fielder (41)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (8)
SB - Corey Hart (6, 2nd base off Hudson/McCann)
CS - Bill Hall (4, 2nd base by Hudson/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush 7611061 5.64
Derrick Turnbow (H,12; L,1-3) 0.1133200 4.76
Brian Shouse (BS,2)0111000 4.38
Chris Spurling 0.2533010 3.63
Matt Wise 1111000 3.32
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 91-60, Derrick Turnbow 18-7, Brian Shouse 2-1, Chris Spurling 16-14, Matt Wise 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 8-6, Derrick Turnbow 1-0, Matt Wise 1-2
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 26, Derrick Turnbow 4, Brian Shouse 1, Chris Spurling 7, Matt Wise 4
Game Information
Attendance - 32758
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Bruce Froemming