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ATLANTA -- After manager Ned Yost lost his cool, the Milwaukee Brewers lost more ground in the NL Central.
Yost was ejected during Atlanta's four-run rally in the seventh inning, and the Braves sent the wobbling Brewers to their fourth loss in five games, 7-4 on Sunday.
The Brewers dropped 3½ games behind division-leading Chicago. The Cubs beat Pittsburgh 8-0.
Atlanta won for the seventh time in eight games in a late playoff push. The Braves moved within 3½ games of San Diego in the wild-card race and remained 5½ games in back of New York in the NL East.
Mark Teixeira barely beat out an infield hit, Jeff Francoeur walked and Andruw Jones blooped an RBI single that made it 4-3. Francoeur rounded second base, made a headfirst dive back into the bag and was called safe by second base umpire Chris Guccione.
Yost argued that call and was tossed. He then gestured and appeared to vent anger at first-base umpire Jerry Layne, who made the call on Teixeira's infield hit.
Yost focused his postgame comments on what he said was poor umpiring throughout the series.
"With games of the implication of this right here, and we get this kind of effort," Yost said. "It's been the whole series. There's been a number of calls. Not one call has gone our way."
Francoeur thought that Guccione made the right call.
"He had a great angle," Francoeur said. "He was right there in front. I slipped my hand in there. The throw definitely beat me. I made a little juke move with my hand."
"I wasn't trying to get a big hit. I was just trying to get a good at-bat," Prado said.
Teixeira added a two-run double in the eighth.
The Braves' rally ruined a chance for Brewers starter Chris Capuano to end his franchise-record streak of 12 straight losses.
Capuano gave up one run in five innings while filling in for ace Ben Sheets, who is recovering from a hamstring injury. Capuano began the season 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA.
"I felt good out there throwing the ball. I've been working on stuff lately. I've been having problems all year missing spots and keeping the ball up, so I've been using my time in the bullpen to try and kind of get my mechanics going good," Capuano said. "I feel like I made a little progress."
Corky Miller gave the Braves' 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the second.
After the victory gave his team a chance to enter the season's final week with slim playoff hopes, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox praised his players.
"We're still alive," Cox said. "Even if we weren't, they'd be playing the same kind of ball. I never doubted that for one minute."
|The playoff prospects for Damian Miller's Brewers grow bleaker and bleaker by the day. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.231|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||2||2||0||1||0||1||.278|
|Ryan Braun, 3B||4||1||2||3||0||1||2||.321|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.286|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.297|
|Kevin Mench, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|a- Gabe Gross, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.234|
|Claudio Vargas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.132|
|Ray King, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Spurling, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Joe Dillon, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.364|
|Johnny Estrada, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Mike Rivera, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.375|
|Bill Hall, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.256|
|Chris Capuano, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.225|
|c- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Geoff Jenkins, LF||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.259|
|a-struck out for Mench in the 6th|
|b-singled for Spurling in the 9th|
|c-grounded out-bunting for Capuano in the 6th|
|2B - Rickie Weeks (20, Reyes)|
|HR - Ryan Braun (32, Reyes)|
|RBI - Ryan Braun 3 (88), Corey Hart (75)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Claudio Vargas (BS,1; L,11-5)||1.2||4||4||4||1||0||0||5.10|
|IBB - Jones by Chris Spurling|
|HBP - Escobar (by Chris Capuano)|
|WP - Claudio Vargas (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 88-56, Claudio Vargas 51-29, Ray King 7-5, Chris Spurling 22-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 4-6, Claudio Vargas 2-3, Chris Spurling 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 24, Claudio Vargas 10, Ray King 1, Chris Spurling 7|
|Yunel Escobar, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.330|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||5||1||1||0||0||3||5||.332|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||1||1||0||2||0||4||.341|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||1||2||2||0||1||2||.308|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.290|
|Andruw Jones, CF||5||2||2||1||0||1||3||.220|
|Matt Diaz, LF||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.338|
|Corky Miller, C||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.261|
|a- Scott Thorman, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.221|
|b- Martin Prado, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.302|
|Octavio Dotel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jo-Jo Reyes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Royce Ring, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Pete Orr, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.194|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Brian McCann, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.273|
|a-announced for Miller in the 7th|
|b-singled for Thorman in the 7th|
|c-flied out for Moylan in the 6th|
|d-grounded out for Acosta in the 7th|
|2B - Yunel Escobar (20, Spurling), Edgar Renteria (30, Vargas), Mark Teixeira (32, Spurling)|
|SH - Jo-Jo Reyes 2 (4)|
|RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (98), Andruw Jones (93), Matt Diaz (44), Corky Miller (4), Martin Prado (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andruw Jones (36), Matt Diaz (14), Martin Prado (1)|
|SB - Yunel Escobar (5, 3rd base off Spurling/Rivera)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Renteria-Escobar-Teixeira|
|E - Edgar Renteria (11, Throwing)|
|Manny Acosta (W,1-1)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.29|
|Octavio Dotel (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||4.40|
|Rafael Soriano (S,9)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||3.04|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 78-48, Royce Ring 6-2, Peter Moylan 7-5, Manny Acosta 15-10, Octavio Dotel 15-13, Rafael Soriano 22-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 8-5, Peter Moylan 1-0, Manny Acosta 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 21, Royce Ring 1, Peter Moylan 2, Manny Acosta 4, Octavio Dotel 4, Rafael Soriano 4|
|Attendance - 44088|
|Game Time - 3:34|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|