Braves fall to Giants on late homer

Braves fall to Giants on late homer

ATLANTA -- Hunter Pence's three-run homer highlighted a four-run, eighth-inning outburst by the San Francisco Giants, who cruised to an 8-3 victory Tuesday night over the Atlanta Braves.

Trailing, 3-2, the Giants pulled even as Gregor Blanco and Matt Duffy doubled to open the eighth. The Braves intentionally walked Buster Posey, who owned a .431 batting average in an 18-game stretch. Up came Pence, who lined David Aardsma's 1-2 fastball over the left-center-field barrier.

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Miller's streak of hard-luck outings continues

Braves hurler winless in 14th straight start after bullpen blows lead

Miller's streak of hard-luck outings continues

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller's winless streak reached 14 games Tuesday night, as the Giants topped the Braves, 8-3, in the second of a three-game series at Turner Field -- the longest stretch by an Atlanta starter since Kenshin Kawakami in 2010.

But like every game through this period -- and especially after efforts like Tuesday's, when he allowed two runs over seven innings -- Miller remained calm and composed when fielding questions about his ever-extending stretch of misfortune.

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Braves lose Freeman to DL, along with Frasor

Braves lose Freeman to DL, along with Frasor

ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Freeman exited Monday night's 9-8 walk-off win over the Giants with a right oblique strain before the top of the fifth inning.

"He did tell me it was a 1-1 changeup," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "He got out there a little bit and he pulled it."

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Johnson's mental flub costs Braves a run

First baseman loses track of outs; Giants score on Pence's grounder

Johnson's mental flub costs Braves a run

ATLANTA -- Just a day after proving invaluable at first base in the Braves' 9-8 walk-off win over the Giants, Chris Johnson provided Shelby Miller with another moment of frustration in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's 8-3 loss.

With one out and the bases loaded, Miller got Hunter Pence to ground a ball sharply to Johnson at first, a perfect opportunity for a double play or even a forceout at the plate.

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W. Perez looking to rebound against Giants

W. Perez looking to rebound against Giants

The Braves enter their series finale with the Giants without the benefit of having either Andrelton Simmons (bruised thumb) or Freddie Freeman (right oblique strain) in the lineup.

But what might be even more pressing for the Braves in this matchup is the recent performance of Williams Perez, who's on the bump for Atlanta on Wednesday. After recovering from an ankle injury, Perez lasted just 4 1/3 innings against the Phillies while allowing nine earned runs. That one start alone raised Perez's ERA from 2.88 to 4.14.

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Eury Perez thought he made a great catch. He did not.

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Eury Perez thought he made a great catch. He did not.

With two outs in the top of the fifth inning of the Giants-Braves matchup on Tuesday, Giants second baseman Ehire Adrianza shot a pitch into left field. Eury Perez ran up to it, stretched out his arm and dove. Then he stood up and stuck his arm into the air, thinking he made quite an impressive catch to end the inning.

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Braves battle back to beat Giants in extras

Braves battle back to beat Giants in extras

ATLANTA -- Adonis Garcia's two-run homer off Ryan Vogelsong in the 12th inning erased San Francisco's one-run lead and gave the Atlanta Braves a 9-8 triumph Monday night over the Giants.

"He's got some pop, especially to right-center," said Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who had a four-hit night with a clutch homer of his own. "I tell you what, if you give him a pitch out over [the plate], he'll whack you pretty good, and he's done that against some pretty good guys."

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Braves show plenty of fight in big comeback

Braves show plenty of fight in big comeback

ATLANTA -- After the fifth inning Monday night, with the Braves down to the Giants by six runs, most people probably penciled in another loss for 2015 Braves.

But not the 2015 Atlanta team itself. No, veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski took advantage of the comeback Jace Peterson started with a three-run home run in the sixth inning and tied the game with a two-run blast of his own in the bottom of the ninth -- paving the way for Adonis Garcia's walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning.

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Braves hopeful after Simmons' thumb improves

Braves hopeful after Simmons' thumb improves

ATLANTA -- After seeing improvement from Sunday to Monday with Andrelton Simmons' right thumb, an MRI showed the shortstop is dealing with bone bruising, according to Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

"We're calling it a bone bruise right now," said Gonzalez after the Braves' 9-8 walk-off win against the Giants. "And I think the good thing is, like we talked this afternoon, from yesterday to today was a big improvement.

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A.J. Pierzynski: King of the pitch-framers

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A.J. Pierzynski: King of the pitch-framers

Framing a pitch is an art form -- one that has been perfected over the years by the likes of Brad Ausmus, Russell Martin and Mike Piazza. Generally, these catchers try to frame their strike on a pitch that is relatively close to the zone. But during Monday's Giants-Braves game, Atlanta catcher A.J. Pierzynski attempted to frame a breaking ball that bounced about five feet in front of home plate.

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Teheran shows he can still be dominant

Teheran shows he can still be dominant

PHILADELPHIA -- As the Braves spent the past few weeks evaluating the trade market for Julio Teheran, the offers they received confirmed that other teams had recognized he was no longer the imposing, impressive pitcher he had been in the past.

If Teheran finishes this season strong, the Braves could re-evaluate his value on the trade market or simply keep him with the hope that he will continue to prove as aggressive and successful as he was while looking like his old self during Sunday afternoon's 6-2 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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Braves beat Phillies, snap 6-game skid

Braves beat Phillies, snap 6-game skid

PHILADELPHIA -- Jace Peterson's three-run home run in the fifth inning gave the Braves the lead and they never looked back in Sunday's 6-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, preventing the sweep and ending Atlanta's six-game losing streak.

Peterson's home run came two at-bats after Chris Johnson tied the score, 1-1, with a single that scored Cameron Maybin. The four runs in the fifth inning provided enough cushion for starting pitcher Julio Teheran to silence the hot offense of the Phillies. Teheran allowed two runs in seven innings, striking out seven and walking none. The effort was good enough to provide him his first road win since Opening Day.

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Jim Callis

Riley on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Orioles' No. 29 prospect throws no-hitter, strikes out nine

Riley on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Left-hander John Means barely snuck onto MLBPipeline.com's Orioles Top 30 Prospects list, checking in at No. 29. While he may not have the highest profile in Baltimore's system, he's raising it after his performance in July.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves must deal with rotation's growing pains

Braves must deal with rotation's growing pains

PHILADELPHIA -- Some of the patience the Braves will need to maintain the remainder of the season will be necessitated by carrying three rookies in their starting rotation. Thus they will be subject to endure some of the growing pains Matt Wisler felt while experiencing the toughest start of his young career during Saturday night's 12-2 loss to the Phillies.

"This is a part of the growing pains," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "This is exactly what you're going to get. You're going to have two or three good outings by a young pitcher and then have a bad one. I know with [Wisler] the learning curve is short. He'll go back out in four or five days and get it back on track."

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Braves move forward after latest round of trades

Braves move forward after latest round of trades

PHILADELPHIA -- Given how many moves they have made dating back to the end of last season, it was assumed the Braves would at least get their fix by making more before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline passed.

But as Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez prepared for Friday night's game against the Phillies, he experienced the oddity of having a roster that was essentially the same as it had been on Thursday night. None of his veterans had been traded and the roster alteration came via the addition of Williams Perez, who came off the disabled list to fill the rotation spot previously held by the recently-traded Alex Wood.

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Braves fall to Phillies, lose 6th straight

Braves fall to Phillies, lose 6th straight

PHILADELPHIA -- Cameron Rupp and Freddy Galvis each drilled three-run homers to provide Aaron Nola more than enough support as he bounced back from a rough first inning to lead the surging Phillies to a 12-2 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Rupp's fourth-inning home run off Matt Wisler's first-pitch slider provided the Phillies a lead they would not relinquish on the way to improving to 12-2 since the All-Star break. Nola surrendered Nick Markakis' third career leadoff home run during a two-run first inning and then ended his five-inning performance with four consecutive scoreless innings.

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Braves looking to minimize struggles

Braves looking to minimize struggles

PHILADELPHIA -- As they have spent the past week trading some of their key veterans and entering full rebuild mode, the Braves prepared themselves for the fact the season's final two months might not be pretty.

But as the Braves look toward the future with the hope of keeping the current club's morale high, they can only hope not to encounter many more games that prove to be as ugly as Friday night's 9-3 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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Freeman homers, but Braves fall to Phillies

Freeman homers, but Braves fall to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- With all the moves that happened in Philadelphia on Friday, it might've been hard to remember that the team still had a game to play. But from the way the Phillies played, the trades didn't seem to affect them.

The Philadelphia offense erupted for nine runs and 11 hits in their 9-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The offense started early with the first five Phillies to come to the plate all reaching base and four of them scoring. From there the offense didn't relent. The win was the Phillies' 11th in 13 games since the All-Star break, continuing the hot streak that has accounted for more than a quarter of the team's wins this season.

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Marksberry excited to be in Major Leagues

Marksberry excited to be in Major Leagues

PHILADELPHIA -- Braves left-handed reliever Matt Marksberry certainly was not going to complain about the fact that a flight delay limited his first experience as a Major Leaguer to running out to the bullpen with two outs in the bottom half of the eighth inning of Thursday night's 4-1 loss to the Phillies.

"I had butterflies just running out there," Marksberry said. "I can't imagine what it will be like to make my debut."

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Vizcaino ready to be next Braves closer

Vizcaino ready to be next Braves closer

PHILADELPHIA -- Arodys Vizcaino spent this season's first three months serving a performance-enhancing drug suspension and has made just 32 career appearances at the Major League level. But the once highly-regarded pitching prospect now will get a chance to serve as Atlanta's closer.

With Jason Grilli sidelined by a season-ending Achilles injury and Jim Johnson traded to the Dodgers on Wednesday, Vizcaino will now draw the responsibility of protecting ninth-inning leads for the Braves, who have routinely altered the makeup of their bullpen throughout this season.

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Terence Moore

Maybin excels with Braves, his childhood dream team

Center fielder frequently visited Turner Field while growing up in North Carolina

Maybin excels with Braves, his childhood dream team

There was Cameron Maybin, sitting with a visitor the other day and discussing an age-old truth involving stability in Major League Baseball: Even beyond the non-waiver Trade Deadline of July 31, anything can happen to a player down the stretch of a regular season. He could be dressing inside one home clubhouse this afternoon and another by late evening.

So who knows where Maybin will be in November or even August? He has an attractive glove and bat as a center fielder on the rise at 28. Plus, when it comes to those in search of such players, his contract ($8 million next season and a club option for $9 million for 2017) is friendlier than most.

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GM Hart happy to bring in a talent like Olivera

GM Hart happy to bring in a talent like Olivera

PHILADELPHIA -- When Hector Olivera stood as one of the most attractive Cuban free agents this past winter, he drew the attention of some Braves fans who hoped he'd end up with their club. But that interest paled in comparison to the attention he received once it was learned that the Braves had actually acquired him on Thursday at the expense of losing both Alex Wood and Jose Peraza.

The Braves sent Wood, Peraza, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and Bronson Arroyo to the Dodgers in exchange for Olivera, left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez, Minor League pitcher Zach Bird and the 34th selection in next year's Draft, a competitive balance draft pick the Dodgers acquired in this three-team deal that included the Marlins.

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Braves get Olivera in huge 3-team deal

Johnson, top prospect Peraza go to Dodgers in trade

Braves get Olivera in huge 3-team deal

PHILADELPHIA -- Though the Braves did not have the financial means necessary to compete for the six-year, $62.5 million deal the Dodgers provided Cuban free agent infielder Hector Olivera this past winter, they remained interested in him and ultimately got him at the expense of losing both Jose Peraza and Alex Wood.

With the three-team trade they completed with the Dodgers and Marlins on Thursday, the Braves received Olivera, left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez, Minor League pitcher Zach Bird and the 2016 competitive balance Draft pick (No. 34 overall) the Dodgers received from the Marlins in exchange for Mat Latos and Michael Morse.

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Miller, Braves fall to Phillies

Miller, Braves fall to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Harang and Shelby Miller came into Thursday night's Braves-Phillies game a combined 0-14 since May 17. Harang broke his streak. Miller didn't.

Harang threw five innings in his first start since July 1 -- when he went on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis -- in the Phillies' 4-1 win at Citizens Bank Park. The winning decision for Harang ended a streak of eight straight starts in which he registered the losing decision and nine straight winless starts in total. He allowed just one run despite the nine hits he surrendered and struck out three.

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Braves sad to see teammates traded away

Braves sad to see teammates traded away

PHILADELPHIA -- The usually upbeat Braves clubhouse had a somber feel to it on Thursday afternoon as the players arrived at Citizens Bank Park and dealt with the fact that three more of their teammates had just been traded.

Though the Braves might have enriched their future on Thursday by acquiring infielder Hector Olivera in a trade that sent Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and top prospect Jose Peraza to the Dodgers, some members of the current team viewed this simply as a deal that forced them to bid adieu to friends and be reminded that the team is likely destined to struggle over the season's final two months.

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Foltynewicz shows progress in return to Braves

Starter allows 2 runs, strikes out 8 over 6 innings vs. Orioles

Foltynewicz shows progress in return to Braves

BALTIMORE -- The Braves optioned right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A Gwinnett on July 12 to work on his stuff and focus on becoming a power pitcher. His spot start for Atlanta on Wednesday was a strong step in the right direction.

After being called up on from Gwinnett on Wednesday to replace an injured Manny Banuelos, Foltynewicz tossed six innings, giving up six hits, two runs, two walks and a pair of solo home runs while striking out a career-high tying eight batters in Atlanta's 2-0 loss in Baltimore.

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Folty solid in return but Braves shut out in finale

Folty solid in return but Braves shut out in finale

BALTIMORE-- Orioles Opening Day starter Chris Tillman continued his dominant second half, pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore completed the sweep with a 2-0 win over Atlanta Wednesday night.

The O's, winners of their last five, recorded their first three-game series sweep since June 26-28 against Cleveland as they find themselves 51-49, just one game out for the second spot in the American League Wild Card.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Banuelos' MRI reveals bone spur on left elbow

Banuelos' MRI reveals bone spur on left elbow

BALTIMORE -- Braves left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos received some encouraging news on Wednesday, when he learned the inflammation around his left elbow is not a product of structural damage.

Banuelos returned to Atlanta to undergo an MRI exam which showed a bone spur on the posterior of his left elbow. The Braves have not set a timetable for his potential return. But at the same time, they have not ruled out the possibility that he would pitch again before the end of this season.

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