Kemp, Braves post come-from-behind win

Kemp, Braves post come-from-behind win

PHOENIX -- The Braves nearly let an early lead go to waste for the second straight night. Only Matt Kemp didn't allow that to happen. The left fielder hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning, the key blow in a 7-4 comeback win over the D-backs on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

After Atlanta loading the bases with two outs against Arizona reliever Jake Barrett, Kemp sent a double to right field to plate a pair of runs, with a third scoring on an error by Mitch Haniger to turn the Braves' one-run deficit into a two-run lead. Jose Ramirez earned the win, helping the Atlanta bullpen combine for 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

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Scuffling Vizcaino feeling 'rusty' since return

Roughed up twice in past week, former Braves closer trying to regain form

Scuffling Vizcaino feeling 'rusty' since return

PHOENIX -- Arodys Vizcaino entered June as a dependable closer who was being considered a possible candidate to represent the Braves at the All-Star Game. But as the season's final month approaches, Vizcaino has made it difficult to even consider him a reliable middle-relief option.

While blowing a three-run seventh inning lead during Monday night's 9-8 loss to the D-backs, Vizcaino surrendered four runs for the second time in three appearances since returning from a month-long stint on the disabled list. It would be easy to simply blame his struggles on rust if he had not started to decline as June elapsed.

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Aces Greinke, Teheran face off in Phoenix

Aces Greinke, Teheran face off in Phoenix

With September approaching, Zack Greinke and Julio Teheran are aiming to finish this season strong and distance themselves from the frustrating stretches over the past few months. The top-flight pitchers will oppose each other when the Braves and D-backs resume their four-game series Wednesday night at Chase Field.

Greinke has dealt with some scrutiny as he has produced a 4.21 ERA through 20 starts since he signed a six-year, $206.5 million deal with Arizona in December. The former Cy Young Award winner surrendered seven earned runs in two of his first five starts and then posted a more characteristic 2.76 ERA over his next 13 starts.

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Freeman's 2 homers aren't enough in Arizona

Freeman's 2 homers aren't enough in Arizona

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt delivered a walk-off homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth, lifting the D-backs to a 9-8 win over the Braves in the opener of a four-game series on Monday night at Chase Field.

"I think the tendency in a tied game or extra innings is try to hit home runs, and we've played some extra-inning games and that just has not worked out for me," Goldschmidt said. "I was fortunate to get a pitch up and get it out of there."

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Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. He covered the D-backs on Monday.

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Freeman continues to rake at Chase Field

Braves' slugger turns in third career multihomer game at D-backs' park

Freeman continues to rake at Chase Field

PHOENIX -- Upon further review, a trip to Arizona might have been every bit as therapeutic for Freddie Freeman as the cortisone shot he received this past weekend to aid a left finger ailment that certainly wasn't burdensome during Monday night's 9-8 loss to the D-backs at Chase Field.

After Freeman capped the ninth multihomer game of his career with a game-tying solo homer off D-backs right-hander Enrique Burgos in the ninth inning, Paul Goldschmidt opened the bottom half of the frame with a walk-off homer off John Gant, who entered after Arodys Vizcaino extended his recent woes by surrendering four runs in the seventh inning.

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Newcomb among top prospect performers Tuesday

Top Mets prospects continue to show off talent at Double-A

Newcomb among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

The duo, ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Mets' system, combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBIs in just the latest of several good offensive games for both players.

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Swanson makes fateful Chase Field debut

Braves' top prospect faces D-backs organization that traded him in December

Swanson makes fateful Chase Field debut

PHOENIX -- After learning he had received his first call to the Majors last week, Dansby Swanson immediately looked at Atlanta's schedule to see which pitcher he would face first. During his search he noticed his first road game would be played in Arizona, against the D-backs organization that had taken him with the first-overall pick in the 2015 Draft and then traded him to the Braves last winter.

"We all laughed because of obviously everything that went down," said Swanson, the Braves' top prospect. "It's exciting to be back out here."

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Sore Peterson rests in wake of wall-crashing catch

Sore Peterson rests in wake of wall-crashing catch

PHOENIX -- Jace Peterson felt fortunate to awake on Monday morning without a headache or any other concussion symptoms. But because his face, neck and right shoulder were still feeling the effects of colliding with Turner Field's center-field wall on Sunday, the Braves opted to keep Peterson out of the starting lineup for Monday night's series opener against the D-backs at Chase Field.

"He wanted to play, and he's a tough kid," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It's probably that football mentality that saved him. But it was almost like he got in a major wreck yesterday."

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Jace up their sleeve: Braves walk off in 10th

Jace up their sleeve: Braves walk off in 10th

ATLANTA -- As Nationals manager Dusty Baker often says, "The Braves never give up." And that was proven once again on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field as Atlanta rallied for a 7-6 win on Jace Peterson's walk-off home run in the 10th inning.

With the score tied at 6, Peterson -- who also crashed into the wall in center to make a catch in the third inning -- swung at a 3-2 pitch off Shawn Kelley and hit the ball into the right-field seats for his seventh home run of the season.

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Freeman hoping for quick return from finger injury

Freeman hoping for quick return from finger injury

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman had hoped to keep the news of his injured right middle finger under wraps until he returned to the Braves' lineup.

But after he didn't even step into the on-deck circle during Atlanta's eighth-inning rally in Sunday's 7-6, 10-inning win over the Nationals, the 26-year-old first baseman was forced to reveal the nature of his nagging injury.

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Bruised and battered Jace plays walk-off hero

In first start in CF, Peterson crashes into wall on catch, hits winning HR

Bruised and battered Jace plays walk-off hero

ATLANTA -- For at least the next couple of days, Jace Peterson will be reminded of the game in which he hit his first career walk-off homer every time he looks in the mirror.

Sporting a scar above his nose after colliding with the center-field wall on his third-inning catch, the Braves' utility man capped Sunday's 7-6, 10-inning win over the Nationals when he drove a Shawn Kelley slider over Turner Field's right-field fence.

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Braves activate Gant to bolster bullpen

Right-hander returns after missing eight weeks with left oblique strain

Braves activate Gant to bolster bullpen

ATLANTA -- When Jeff Francoeur arrived in the Braves' clubhouse Sunday morning, the outfielder barely recognized the bearded pitcher who sat across from his locker.

For nearly eight weeks, John Gant had been sidelined with a left oblique strain. But in the wake of Tyrell Jenkins being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday night, Atlanta activated the now unshaven right-hander from the disabled list.

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Allard among top prospect performers Sunday

Brewers' No. 4 prospect strikes out 12, White Sox's No. 8 flirts with no-hitter

Allard among top prospect performers Sunday

Finding success at the Triple-A level hasn't come easily for Josh Hader. At least not until Sunday night, when the Brewers' No. 4 prospect set a career high by striking out 12 hitters in six scoreless innings to pace Colorado Springs in a 6-0 shutout of Round Rock. He threw 65 of his 99 pitches for strikes, allowing just two hits and one walk to record his first Triple-A win in 12 starts.

Ranked No. 39 on the Top 100, Hader has pitched better for Colorado Springs than his 1-5 record and 4.79 ERA suggest. With his performance Sunday, the 22-year-old left-hander now has fanned 81 hitters in 62 innings since being promoted from Double-A Biloxi on June 11, and he's yielded just three home runs in that span. Hader has thrown the ball particularly well of late, too, registering a 2.88 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings across his past six turns.

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Jenkins optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett after rough start

Jenkins optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett after rough start

ATLANTA -- With his hands on his hips and his eyes fixated on Turner Field's left-center-field wall, Tyrell Jenkins' gaze could not be broken.

Just seconds earlier, Trea Turner blasted a three-run homer in the direction Jenkins now stared, marking the biggest blow by the Nationals in an eight-run fourth inning against the Braves' rookie right-hander.

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Rally falls short after 8-run 4th chases Jenkins

Rally falls short after 8-run 4th chases Jenkins

ATLANTA -- It looked like the Nationals were in for a long night on Saturday at Turner Field. Right-hander Max Scherzer was having early problems, while Braves rookie Tyrell Jenkins was having his way with Washington.

By the fourth inning, however, Jenkins lost it by surrendering eight runs in the frame en route to the Nationals' 11-9 win. Washington, which is undefeated in Atlanta this season, improved to 11-1 against the Braves in 2016 and won its third straight, while the Braves have dropped seven in a row.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Braves on Saturday.

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Ruiz, Povse among top prospect performers Saturday

Braves' No. 15 notches career-best 11 total bases; Astros' No. 8 shows off power, speed combo

Ruiz, Povse among top prospect performers Saturday

As one of the younger everyday players at the Triple-A level, Rio Ruiz has been anything but overmatched this season.

The Braves' No. 15 prospect put together a big offensive performance on Saturday, when he hit multiple home runs for the first time in his five-year career and plated all four runs as Triple-A Gwinnett shut out Rochester, 4-0. Ruiz finished 3-for-3 at the plate, also tallying a triple in the contest en route to accruing a career-best 11 total bases.

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Braves tie up late, only to fall to Nats

Braves tie up late, only to fall to Nats

ATLANTA -- After surrendering a three-run lead in the eighth inning of Friday night's game at Turner Field, the Nationals halted Jim Johnson's recent dominance and extended their mastery of the Braves with a 7-6 win that was decided by Clint Robinson's two-out single.

Robinson's single ended Johnson's scoreless streak at 10 innings and provided the Nationals their 10th win in 11 games against Atlanta. Robinson went 2-for-3 and has hit safely in 14 of his past 19 starts, driving in runs in 10 of those 19 starts.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Long wait over, Teheran happy with outing

Braves righty able to utilize all of his pitches in first start since July 30

Long wait over, Teheran happy with outing

ATLANTA -- For 20 days, Julio Teheran waited.

On the disabled list for the first time in his Major League career, the Braves right-hander was forced to sit out 16 games as he recovered from a right lat strain that derailed him in his final two July starts.

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Braves' Hall enshrinement humbles Andruw

Longtime star center fielder lauded by teammates Glavine, Chipper

Braves' Hall enshrinement humbles Andruw

ATLANTA -- Almost 20 years to the date he arrived in Atlanta to make his big league debut as a 19-year-old phenom, Andruw Jones flashed that same trademark smile as he was inducted into the Braves' Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon.

"[The smile] defined who he was and how he went about his business," Hall of Famer Tom Glavine said. "All of us at some point in time were envious of that. When something is going bad, you often want to snap something or break something. But he always had that you-know-what-eating grin on his face. That was just him. That probably drove people crazy a little bit because they thought this kid doesn't care. But that's just how he was wired and it served him well."

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Schuerholz feted as he enters Braves' Hall

Longtime executive recalls initially declining Kasten's offer; Cox, Gillick and Moore

Schuerholz feted as he enters Braves' Hall

ATLANTA -- John Schuerholz playfully said he did not know what acerbic meant until he met the oft-sarcastic Stan Kasten. At the same time, Schuerholz savors all that has transpired since he changed his mind and accepted Kasten's invitation to leave the comforts of Kansas City to accept the challenge of guiding the Braves through the final stages of a rebuild.

Schuerholz initially declined Kasten's invitation to become the Braves' general manager two days after the 1990 season and then called back three days later to say, "I made a mistake," to which Kasten replied, "Yeah, I know."

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Braves place O'Flaherty on DL with elbow neuritis

Braves place O'Flaherty on DL with elbow neuritis

ATLANTA -- In order to make room for Julio Teheran on the active roster ahead of the ace right-hander's return from the disabled list on Friday night against the Nationals, the Braves placed lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty on the 15-day DL with left elbow neuritis.

O'Flaherty made three appearances earlier this week, but having experienced tightness in his throwing elbow for some time, O'Flaherty decided to not pitch through the injury anymore, according to Atlanta manager Brian Snitker.

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Soroka among top prospect performers Friday

Phillies' slugger impresses in doubleheader; Rays' No. 2 fires six scoreless

Soroka among top prospect performers Friday

For much of the season, it's been either Dylan Cozens or Rhys Hoskins pacing the Minor Leagues in home runs. On Friday, it was Cozens who took the outright lead as he belted his 36th and 37th home runs to help power Double-A Reading to a 9-1 rout against Erie in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Cozens began the game 0-for-3 at the plate before he launched a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning. The Phillies' No. 7 prospect wasn't done yet, however, as he connected on a two-run homer in the following frame.

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Swanson highlights bright future for Braves

Swanson highlights bright future for Braves

ATLANTA -- If you're keeping score, Day 2 for Dansby Swanson in the Major Leagues was Thursday at Turner Field, and the whole scene was slightly less frantic than Day 1 on Wednesday, when much of the world -- well, at least the portion from his hometown of nearby Marietta, Ga. -- came to see everything involved with the Braves' designated face of the future.

I've seen this before around here. So has Eddie Perez, the former backup catcher and longtime coach for the Braves. He shook his head before rattling off more than a decade worth of memories involving guys from the Atlanta area making their debuts with the franchise while creating expectations stretching from the earth to the farthest solar system.

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Terence Moore is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Whalen earning respect for competitive spirit

Braves rookie allows three runs (one earned) over six solid innings vs. Nats

Whalen earning respect for competitive spirit

ATLANTA -- It's safe to say Rob Whalen has exceeded expectations as he has spent the past month vaulting from Double-A to Triple-A and then to the Majors. But the Braves right-hander has essentially been doing this dating back to around this same time last year, when he was recovering from a surgical procedure that repaired the patella tendon in both knees.

"Absolutely, I'm proud of what I've been able to do," Whalen said after providing another determined effort in Thursday night's 8-2 loss to the Nationals at Turner Field. "The offseason I had with the surgeries I had, nobody expected me to be ready for Spring Training. So I've just been taking it one step at a time. I'm happy with what I've accomplished, but I'm always hungry to do more."

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Braves can't back solid Whalen, fall to Nationals

Braves can't back solid Whalen, fall to Nationals

ATLANTA -- There's no other way to say it: Nationals right-hander Reynaldo Lopez was electric in an 8-2 victory over the Braves on Thursday night at Turner Field.

It started with Lopez's fastball, which was clocked as high as 98 mph. He ended up with 11 strikeouts in seven innings, while allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. It was the first double-digit strikeout game of Lopez's career, and he is just the fourth rookie in Nats history to strike out at least 10 in a game.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Vizcaino activated, but won't be closer

Vizcaino activated, but won't be closer

ATLANTA -- Arodys Vizcaino has been activated from the disabled list, but the Braves right-hander will have to earn the closer's role he lost courtesy of the struggles he began experiencing during the latter portion of June.

Vizcaino certainly didn't enhance his bid as he did not retire any of the four batters he faced during the eighth inning of Thursday night's 8-2 loss to the Nationals at Turner Field. This was his first appearance since he strained his right oblique muscle on July 15.

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Swanson right at home with 2-hit debut

Georgia native gets to share highly anticipated moment with parents

Swanson right at home with 2-hit debut

ATLANTA -- When Dansby Swanson called his mother early Tuesday evening to tell her he was packing his bags and coming home, her immediate maternal reaction was to ask if her son was OK. After a brief chuckle, Swanson clarified his message by making it clear he was coming home to experience a Major League debut that he, his family, friends and countless Braves fans have long anticipated.

Given the chance to take the big stage for the first time on Wednesday night at Turner Field, Swanson certainly did not disappoint as he recorded the first two hits of his career and soaked in his new life as a big leaguer. Unfortunately, the lifelong memories that were created were realized during a 10-3 loss to the Twins.

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Pair of HRs, Swanson's strong debut not enough

Pair of HRs, Swanson's strong debut not enough

ATLANTA -- Though there would certainly be a benefit to gaining the first overall pick in next year's MLB Draft, the Twins weren't complaining as they took advantage of Mike Foltynewicz's early exit and frustrated the Braves' bullpen on the way to completing a two-game series victory with a 10-3 win on Wednesday night at Turner Field.

"We used a lot [of relievers] yesterday trying to stay in the game, and [Foltynewicz], just every inning was a stressful inning for him tonight," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "He worked harder than he did the other night in Washington, probably, in the heat there. But just very inning, there was trouble. He kept us in the ballgame, but after five, if he had about 65 pitches instead of 100 where he could maybe extend the ballgame a little bit -- just kind of got stretched thin there."

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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