Masset stung by Dodgers' homer spree in 8th

Masset stung by Dodgers' homer spree in 8th

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers launched three home runs off reliever Nick Masset in the eighth inning to beat the Braves, 6-3, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Trailing, 2-1, at the seventh-inning stretch, Los Angeles tied the game on an Adrian Gonzalez groundout in the seventh and Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers the lead the following inning with a solo shot to right-center field. Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins followed suit with homers.

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Masset's unexpected misstep raises 'pen concerns

Braves manager gambles on reliever, but it backfires

Masset's unexpected misstep raises 'pen concerns

LOS ANGELES -- If Cameron Maybin extends his recent success and Matt Wisler proves why he is such a highly regarded prospect, the Braves will likely spend the next few years continuing to feel thankful that the Padres were willing to pay the remainder of Melvin Upton Jr.s contract ($46.3 million) in exchange for Craig Kimbrel.

But as this season's first two months have unfolded, the Braves have had to deal with the remains of a bullpen that was thinned by the April 5 Kimbrel trade, Shae Simmons' season-ending elbow injury and the performance-enhancing suspensions levied on two of their bullpen prospects (Arodys Vizcaino and Andrew McKirahan).

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Peterson robs Gonzalez with great catch

Braves second baseman fully extends for grab

Peterson robs Gonzalez with great catch

LOS ANGELES -- Jace Peterson proved that Andrelton Simmons is not the only Braves middle infielder who is capable of producing jaw-dropping defensive gems.

Peterson certainly caught the attention of all who were watching when he robbed Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of a single in the third inning of Monday night's game at Dodger Stadium, which the Braves lost, 6-3. The Braves second baseman sprinted into shallow right field and fully extended while catching the ball just before his body slammed into the outfield grass.

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Gonzalez says club is trying to trade Callaspo

Struggling Braves utility man scratched before Monday's game

Gonzalez says club is trying to trade Callaspo

LOS ANGELES -- It seemed odd when the Braves did not provide a reason for Alberto Callaspo being scratched from the lineup approximately 20 minutes before the start of Monday night's game at Dodger Stadium.

But once the Dodgers completed a 6-3 victory, the situation truly became unique, when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez openly admitted the team is trying to trade Callaspo.

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Teheran looking to erase early troubles

Teheran looking to erase early troubles

When Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Braves right-hander Julio Teheran oppose each other at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night, both highly regarded hurlers will be attempting to distance themselves from the frustration they have experienced thus far this season.

Kershaw has struggled in his early bid to win a fourth consecutive National League ERA title and his fourth Cy Young Award within a five-year span. Since posting a 2.73 ERA in his final three April starts, the southpaw has produce a 4.00 ERA in four May starts. He has limited opponents to a .233 batting average this month, but has also issued nine walks in his past 19 2/3 innings.

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Vin Scully tells story about Gomes' run-in with wolf

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Vin Scully tells story about Gomes' run-in with wolf

In the fourth inning of Monday's Braves-Dodgers game, with Jonny Gomes at the plate, Vin Scully decided to tell a story. A story about the time 12-year-old Jonny Gomes was almost eaten by a wolf.

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Foltynewicz shines with 'dominating' outing

Rookie attacks Brewers in 7 2/3 innings, fans 7 for 4th straight start

Foltynewicz shines with 'dominating' outing

ATLANTA -- Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz left his last outing against the Rays searching for consistency, and in the Braves' 2-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, he took a big step toward finding it.

The rookie right-hander threw his longest game of the season, going 7 2/3 innings while striking out seven batters for the fourth straight game, and limiting a lineup (without slugger Ryan Braun) to one run and three hits.

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Folty stifles Brewers as Braves take series

Folty stifles Brewers as Braves take series

ATLANTA -- Braves rookie Mike Foltynewicz pitched his best game of the season in the Braves' 2-1 win over Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, giving Atlanta its third victory in the finale of a four-game series at Turner Field.

"It's all about the pitching," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "You get a good pitching performance, and you're in the game and you can do some stuff offensively to score runs."

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C. Johnson targets Thursday return from DL

Third baseman takes BP at Turner Field, set for Triple-A rehab stint

C. Johnson targets Thursday return from DL

ATLANTA -- Braves third baseman Chris Johnson took batting practice at Turner Field on Sunday morning for the first time since going on the disabled list with a fractured left hand.

Johnson said after his session in the cage that the hand felt good, and he wasn't experiencing any kind of lingering pain.

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Peterson revels in first career walk-off hit

Rookie second baseman locks up win with first-pitch single in 11th

Peterson revels in first career walk-off hit

ATLANTA -- Exactly one week after hitting his first career grand slam, Braves second baseman Jace Peterson tallied his first walk-off hit, sending Atlanta to a 3-2 victory over the Brewers in the 11th inning with a single to left-center field.

"I was trying to be aggressive," Peterson said. "Trying to get a fastball, and he threw it first pitch, so I was just trying to get a base hit and trying to get the run in."

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Defensive gems put Braves in position to win

Simmons' heads-up relay, 2 double plays wipe out scoring threats

Defensive gems put Braves in position to win

ATLANTA -- Before the end of the tunnel on the way to the Braves' dugout, there's a sign showing Atlanta's Gold Glove Award winners and the line: "Defense wins championships."

The Braves' 3-2 walk-off win over the Brewers in 11 innings Saturday was no championship, but the sign's mantra paved the way for the team's 21st victory of the season, lifting them back to .500.

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Jace laces walk-off hit in 11th to sink Brewers

Jace laces walk-off hit in 11th to sink Brewers

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller bounced back from a rocky first inning and the Braves' bullpen held off the Brewers long enough for Jace Peterson to give Atlanta a walk-off single for a 3-2, 11-inning win Saturday.

Alberto Callaspo started the final rally with a one-out walk from right-hander Brandon Kintzler, and Andrelton Simmons followed with an infield single. After a groundout moved them to second and third, Peterson stepped into the box and drilled the first pitch he saw into left-center field for his first career walk-off hit.

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Giant bug invades Braves broadcast booth

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Giant bug invades Braves broadcast booth

Bugs, man. They think they can just do whatever they want -- fly into your ear, take over townsrain by the thousands from the sky. They also, as evidenced by Friday's Brewers-Braves game, think they can go to baseball games for free!

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Walks costly for Stults in emergency outing

Veteran lefty battles command against Brewers in start for ill Wood

Walks costly for Stults in emergency outing

ATLANTA -- The Braves might not have known exactly how ill Alex Wood was feeling, but they couldn't have been feeling much better after watching Eric Stults unravel with two outs in a seven-run fourth inning of the Brewers' 11-0 win Friday night at Turner Field.

"We weren't thinking, 'Go out and give us seven or eight innings or a two-hit shutout,'" Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It was an emergency spot start. After the third inning, you go 'OK, he's going to be able to give us five innings.'"

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Braves miffed by 'blatant' use of substance

In aftermath of Smith's ejection, many OK with pitchers improving grip

Braves miffed by 'blatant' use of substance

ATLANTA -- Count Braves right fielder Nick Markakis among the Major League hitters who are comforted by the trend of pitchers using a hidden foreign substance to improve their grip of the baseball.

But when that substance is clearly visible -- like it was Thursday night when Brewers left-hander Will Smith was caught with a mixture of sunscreen and rosin on his right forearm -- umpires really have no option other than to abide by the rules.

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Wood skips start due to stomach virus

Veteran left-hander Stults fills in for Braves against Brewers

Wood skips start due to stomach virus

ATLANTA -- Braves left-hander Alex Wood did not make Friday night's scheduled start against the Brewers because of a stomach virus. Eric Stults started in his place.

The Braves announced this change approximately four hours before Friday's scheduled first pitch. Wood had shown some recent improvement on the mound. Since surrendering three first-inning runs to the Nationals on May 9, he had allowed just one run over his past 12 2/3 innings.

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Fill-in start unravels as Braves' bats go quiet

Fill-in start unravels as Braves' bats go quiet

ATLANTA -- Hector Gomez's two-out double sparked a seven-run fourth inning that allowed the Brewers to overcome Wily Peralta's early exit and cruise to an 11-0 win Friday night over the Braves at Turner Field.

"It was one of those innings where you keep the line moving," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "They did it last night [the Braves had a seven-run seventh in a 10-1 win Thursday], we were able to do it tonight."

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Terence Moore

For Fredi, lineup key to Braves' success

Manager constantly changing strategy based on who's hot on roster

For Fredi, lineup key to Braves' success

During the opening 31 games for the Braves this season, guess how many different starting lineups they had?

Yep, 31.

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Teheran putting tough April in rear-view mirror

Right-hander allows one run over seven innings with eight strikeouts vs. Brewers

Teheran putting tough April in rear-view mirror

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran might never prove to be the overpowering pitcher that he was touted to be when he made his way through the Minors as one of baseball's top overall prospects. But if Teheran can consistently prove as efficient as he was during Thursday night's 10-1 win over the Brewers, the Braves will be satisfied.

Teheran proved perfect in six of the season-high seven innings he completed and notched eight strikeouts with the assistance of an effective slider. The two hits and one run surrendered by the 24-year-old right-hander were tallied during a 16-pitch fourth inning that began with him issuing his only walk of the night.

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Braves pull away with seven-run 7th

Braves pull away with seven-run 7th

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran produced his finest start of the season and the Braves rolled to a 10-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday night courtesy of a seven-run seventh inning that included Brewers left-handed reliever Will Smith being ejected for a foreign substance.

After Christian Bethancourt chased Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza with a go-ahead single in the seventh, Smith entered and promptly hit Pedro Ciriaco with a pitch to load the bases. When Smith touched the substance on his right forearm after throwing the next pitch to Jace Peterson, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez got the attention of crew chief Jim Joyce, who quickly ejected Smith after touching the substance, which Smith said was sunscreen and rosin that he forgot to remove after warming up quickly in the bullpen.

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Maybin settling into CF role with hot bat, glove

Outfielder drives in two runs, makes strong throw to complete DP vs. Brewers

Maybin settling into CF role with hot bat, glove

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez planned to have a center-field platoon between right-handed-hitting Cameron Maybin and lefty-swinging Eric Young Jr. But Young's struggles, combined with Maybin's early success at the plate, gave Maybin the everyday role.

In Thursday night's 10-1 win over the Brewers, Maybin reinforced that decision after being moved into the second spot in the lineup for the first time this season.

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Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

ATLANTA -- Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Will Smith was ejected from Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves when umpires, urged on by Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, discovered a prohibited substance on the reliever's arm.

Smith said he placed a mixture of rosin and sunscreen on his right arm while he was warming up in the bullpen in order to get a firm handle on the ball on a cool and blustery night at Turner Field. He simply forgot to wipe it off, he said, when he was rushed into the game.

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Perez impressive in first Major League start

Right-hander strikes out seven, allows one run over five innings vs. Rays

Perez impressive in first Major League start

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was concerned when Williams Perez completed his bullpen warmup and entered the home dugout 15 minutes before he was scheduled to throw the first pitch of his first career start on Wednesday night at Turner Field.

But approximately three hours later, Gonzalez was praising the poise and determination Perez had displayed while navigating his way through five strong innings and helping the Braves claim a 2-1 win over the Rays.

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Patient Peterson sparking Braves' offense

Second baseman sees 27 pitches, draws two walks in win over Rays

Patient Peterson sparking Braves' offense

ATLANTA -- Jace Peterson's recent offensive success earned him the chance to move into the Braves' leadoff spot late last week and he certainly proved he has the discipline for the role while completing two patient plate appearances during Wednesday night's 2-1 win over the Rays at Turner Field.

In the third inning against Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, Peterson drew a 10-pitch, two-out walk after fouling off three splitters and a 93-mph fastball. This extended the inning for Alberto Callaspo, who followed with a game-tying single.

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Braves push past Rays for narrow win

Braves push past Rays for narrow win

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman fueled the decisive sixth inning with a one-out double and Williams Perez made the most of his first career start while helping the Braves claim a 2-1 win over the Rays Wednesday night at Turner Field.

Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi had surrendered just two hits before allowing Freeman's double and Nick Markakis' single with one out in the sixth. After Todd Cunningham followed with a go-ahead RBI groundout, the Braves' bullpen preserved the lead and the effort provided by Perez, who surrendered just one run and notched seven strikeouts over five innings.

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Braves' bats go cold after early surge

Three-run second inning not enough in Tuesday's loss to Rays

Braves' bats go cold after early surge

ATLANTA -- After the second inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Rays, it looked like the Braves' offense would be able to hold its own against Erasmo Ramirez, who was coming off of five shutout innings against the Yankees.

Andrelton Simmons drew an eight-pitch walk with the bases loaded -- his first walk since May 5 -- to start a three-run rally in the second. But after that, Simmons and the rest of the offense was shut down.

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