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MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH
The Braves scored seven runs Sunday in a 7-4 win against Milwaukee, the most they've produced since pushing across eight runs June 9 against the Dodgers. In the meantime they've been wasting some excellent pitching performances.
The latest victims were rookie Julio Teheran and Tim Hudson, who lost back-to-back games to the Brewers on Friday and Saturday, despite allowing only two runs apiece. It marked the 10th and 11th time that the Braves have been shutout this season, a remarkable feat for a team that's leading its division. The Braves were shut out 13 times during the 2012 season.
The two losses in Milwaukee extended Atlanta's scoreless streak to 24 innings. That was snapped in the first inning on Sunday when Brian McCann hit a grand slam.
"If you play long enough you're going to hit stretches like this," center fielder B.J.Upton said.
Atlanta has scored three runs or less in their last seven losses. The team has scored three runs or less in three of their last five wins.
Some of the losses have come against top pitchers like Zach Greinke, of Los Angeles, Madison Bumgarner, of San Francisco and Matt Harvey, of New York. But the last two shutouts have come against Milwaukee's Wily Peralta and Donovan Hand, who was making his first-career start.
"We've got to pick up our attitude," second baseman Dan Uggla said. "We've got to pick up our intensity."
The problem is usually producing runs when runners reach scoring position. The Braves are hitting only .187 with runners in scoring position and two out. Only Milwaukee is worse among National League teams.
"We're getting on base, but when we do hit the ball hard, it's at somebody or somebody makes a good play," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I feel like, at any moment, some of the at-bats that you're seeing, at any moment you're going to turn that around."
McCann helped prompt that turnaround with a two-out grand slam to the opposite field against Milwaukee starter Alfredo Figaro.
MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Tuesday -- Braves (Kris Medlen, 4-7. 2.96) at Royals (Ervin Santana, 5-5, 2.64)
--OF Justin Upton missed his second consecutive game Sunday due to what Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez described as a sore right hand. Gonzalez held Upton out of the game Saturday, saying it was just a day off for the outfielder but on Sunday said the hand had been an issue for several days. With an off-day scheduled for Monday, Gonzalez hopes three-days of rest will help Upton be ready when the Braves visit Kansas City on Tuesday.
--RHP Kris Medlen has gone 3-1 in June and earned the victory his last time out despite a throwing error that led to three Mets' runs. Medlen went seven innings and struck out seven, giving him 71 for the season and trying him for second on the team with Tim Hudson and Juilio Teheran.
--INF Paul Janish made his 2013 debut in the ninth inning of the Braves' 7-4 victory Sunday in Milwaukee. Janish took over at third base for Chris Johnson in the seventh inning and flew out to left in the ninth inning in his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett Friday to replace the injured Ramiro Pena.
--C Brian McCann hit a grand slam in the first inning Sunday at Milwaukee, part of a 3-for-4 day at the plate. McCann now has eight home runs on the season and 10 grand slams in his career.
--LHP Paul Maholm snapped a two game losing streak and earned his first victory since June 2 after holding the Brewers to four runs on eight hits in five innings. The victory was his first against Milwaukee since August 2009. Maholm began the day 3-11 with a 5.12 ERA in 22 appearances against the Brewers and went 0-3 wih an 11.68 ERA in three starts last season.
--RHP Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth inning Sunday to record his 21st save of the season. He's 21-for-24 in save opportunities in 2013 and has allowed runs in only three of his 28 appearances this season, the last coming on May 7.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "That was a big lift for us. They say hitting is contagious, so I hope it is for a couple of our guys." -- Manager Fredi Gonzalez after his team scored seven runs in a win Sunday.
MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - ROSTER REPORT
--INF Ramiro Pena (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 21, retroactive to June 17.
--C/LF Evan Gattis (right oblique strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 18.
--RHP Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery in June 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on May 19. He moved his rehab to Class A Rome on May 28. Beachy pitched for Double-A Mississippi on June 3, then pitched for Gwinnett on June 8. Following a June 13 outing for Mississippi, he complained of soreness, and he was shut down. An MRI found no structural damage, but there is no timetable for Beachy's return.
--LHP Eric O'Flaherty (torn ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 19. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery May 21.
--RHP Luis Ayala (anxiety) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 25 after suffering anxiety while dealing with high blood pressure. He was sent to Florida for strength and conditioning work after making five minor league rehab appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi. He made another rehab appearance June 20 with Gwinnett.
--LHP Jonny Venters (torn ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery May 16.
--INF Blake DeWitt (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list April 20. He missed most of the second half of last season with back issues.
--RHP Cristhian Martinez (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 7.
RHP Tim Hudson
LHP Paul Maholm
RHP Kris Medlen
LHP Mike Minor
RHP Julio Teheran
RHP Craig Kimbrel (closer)
LHP Luis Avilan
RHP Cory Gearrin
RHP David Carpenter
RHP Anthony Varvaro
RHP Jordan Walden
LHP Alex Wood
1B Freddie Freeman
2B Dan Uggla
SS Andrelton Simmons
3B Chris Johnson
INF Tyler Pastornicky
INF Paul Janish
LF Justin Upton
CF B.J. Upton
RF Jason Heyward
OF Jordan Schafer
OF Reed Johnson