Vizcaino comes up short of two-inning save

'Best guy' gets through eighth, but unable to protect lead

Vizcaino comes up short of two-inning save

WASHINGTON -- Though the desired result was not achieved, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had no reason to second-guess his decision to give Arodys Vizcaino a chance to earn a two-inning save in Friday night's 5-2, 10-inning loss to the Nationals at Nationals Park.

Accounting for the lack of reliable depth in his bullpen, Gonzalez went against the book and made the decision to give Vizcaino the responsibility to protect a one-run lead while facing Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Clint Robinson in the eighth inning.

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Braves dealt 10-inning heartbreaker

Braves dealt 10-inning heartbreaker

WASHINGTON -- Left out of the starting lineup with a sore right knee, Michael Taylor was called off the bench in the bottom of the 10th and made history, crushing a three-run walk-off home run to catapult the Nationals to a 5-2 win over Atlanta on Friday.

The win moved the Nationals to within five games of the Mets, who lost, 6-5, in 11 innings to the Marlins on Friday night.

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Vets trying to get message through to youngsters

Clubhouse leadership maintaining focus for final month

Vets trying to get message through to youngsters

WASHINGTON -- After the Braves endured their third double-digit loss within a seven-day span on Thursday, Nick Swisher was among the veterans who addressed some of the younger players with a reminder that there is still time to show some pride and make strides that could create both immediate and future benefits.

"We've got to all come together and do this thing together," Swisher said. "That is our fight right now, coming together as a unit and doing this as a unit. You can't do this as individuals. As much as you'd like to do it, you can't be LeBron James -- get the ball every time down the court and just dunk. That's just not going to happen. This [stinks] that it's happened, but I think this is going to help us in the long run so much because nobody likes getting their [butt] kicked."

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Miller tries to pull Braves out of funk against Nationals

Miller tries to pull Braves out of funk against Nationals

As the Nationals sit five games behind the first-place Mets in the National League East race, they understand they need a lot of things to go right in order to make the postseason. But they might not even be in this position without the dominance they have displayed while winning 11 of the 14 games played against the Braves this season.

The Nationals, who will face the Mets for three games starting Monday, will attempt to add to this success when they send Gio Gonzalez to the mound to oppose Shelby Miller and the Braves on Saturday night at Nationals Park. Atlanta has lost 17 of its past 18 games and 24 of the past 26 played on the road.

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Wisler, Braves have rough night in nation's capital

Wisler, Braves have rough night in nation's capital

WASHINGTON -- Led by the planet's hottest hitter in Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals hammered their way to within six games of the Mets in the National League East with a 15-1 win over the Braves on Thursday night.

The Nats chased Braves starter Matt Wisler after 1 2/3 innings and seven runs, but they kept on slugging. By the end, the Nationals collected 17 hits, drew eight walks (four by Bryce Harper alone) and clubbed five doubles, which tied a season high.

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Fredi shows frustration with young rotation

After Wisler's 1 2/3-inning start in another blowout loss, Braves manager calls recent pitching 'unacceptable'

Fredi shows frustration with young rotation

WASHINGTON -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has spent most of this season maintaining his patience as his young pitching staff has endured growing pains. But the usually reserved skipper's frustration sounded a little more like anger after his club was blown out again in Thursday night's 15-1 loss to the Nationals at Nationals Park.

"They'll figure it out sooner or later, but the stuff we've been seeing is really unacceptable," Gonzalez said. "These guys are professionals. They're Major Leaguers. Some of these guys have a lot of years playing in the Minor Leagues. For them to get hit around like that is unacceptable."

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Banuelos could continue to start down the stretch

Banuelos could continue to start down the stretch

WASHINGTON -- Manny Banuelos had legitimate reason to be concerned when he experienced some left elbow discomfort near the end of July. But a little more than a month later, the rookie southpaw finds himself with a chance to collect valuable innings that could benefit him as he bids to become a mainstay in Atlanta's rotation.

"I'm really happy to be here and I'm very excited to get experience," Banuelos said. "That's what everybody wants to get here. I just want to compete and help my team win."

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Olivera shows promise with first big league hit

Olivera shows promise with first big league hit

ATLANTA -- In the midst of an extremely tough stretch, the Braves got a glimpse of something Wednesday that gives them hope for what the near future may hold.

Cuban third baseman Hector Olivera, in his second big league game, picked up the first hit of his career: a two-out, two-run single in the third inning of the series finale against the Miami Marlins, briefly giving Atlanta a lead in a game the Braves eventually lost, 7-3.

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Sims among Braves prospects headed to Fall League

Club's No. 7 prospect one of 7 set to play for Peoria Javelinas

Sims among Braves prospects headed to Fall League

ATLANTA -- Now that Lucas Sims has made the successful jump to the Double-A level, the Braves right-hander will have a chance to compete against some of baseball's other top prospects during this year's Arizona Fall League.

Sims, the Braves' No. 7 prospect according to MLB.com, will be one of seven Braves Minor Leaguers who will play for the Peoria Javelinas when the AFL begins on Oct. 21. Atlanta's other representatives include outfielder Connor Lien, middle infielder Johan Camargo, catcher Joseph Odum and three pitchers -- Mauricio Cabrera, Daniel Winkler and Andrew Thurman.

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Miscue costly for Braves in loss to Marlins

Miscue costly for Braves in loss to Marlins

ATLANTA -- Rookie left-hander Adam Conley minimized damage over five innings, giving up three runs, and Marcell Ozuna provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the Marlins' 7-3 win over the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.

Braves right-hander Williams Perez gave up six runs (four earned) in five innings to take the loss as Miami was able to complete its first three-game road sweep of the season, moving a half-game ahead of Atlanta into third place in the National League East. The Marlins finished the road trip at 4-2, while the Braves have dropped eight straight and 15 of 16.

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Braves' offense held in check by Marlins

Braves' offense held in check by Marlins

ATLANTA -- Justin Nicolino completed seven scoreless innings and received some comfort courtesy of a Justin Bour three-run home run that allowed the Marlins to cruise to a 7-1 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

Nicolino scattered six hits while subduing a Braves club that has tallied just one run through the first 18 innings of this three-game series. The Marlins scored a pair of first-inning runs against spot starter Manny Banuelos and Bour, who was given a rare start against a left-handed pitcher, capped a four-run seventh inning with the three-run shot he hit off right-handed reliever Ryan Kelly.

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Braves trade Gomes to Royals

Braves trade Gomes to Royals

ATLANTA -- Jonny Gomes spent most of this season providing the Braves veteran leadership and a strong clubhouse presence. The highly-respected veteran outfielder will now have an opportunity to bestow those attributes upon a team that is gearing to make a second consecutive run to the World Series.

The Braves announced that they sent Gomes and cash considerations to the Royals in exchange for Minor League shortstop Luis Valenzuela. The deal was announced shortly after Gomes was pulled from Monday night's 4-0 loss to the Marlins and had a chance to exchange dugout hugs with some of his Atlanta teammates.

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Miller steps in admirably for Foltynewicz

Rookie right-hander missed his start Monday with a fever and viral symptoms

Miller steps in admirably for Foltynewicz

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller arrived at Turner Field around 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday and learned he was just a few hours away from making a start in place of Mike Foltynewicz, who had reported to the stadium with a fever.

Unfortunately, this odd turn of events simply led to Miller being reintroduced to yet another frustrating result that has become all too familiar this year. The Braves right-hander surrendered one run over seven innings on short notice, but his effort was not enough to prevent his winless streak from reaching 19 starts in this 4-0 loss to the Marlins.

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Patience needed as Olivera tries to maximize potential

Third baseman makes debut vs. Marlins; four others promoted Tuesday

Patience needed as Olivera tries to maximize potential

ATLANTA -- Instead of rushing their new prized possession to the Major League level, the Braves allowed Hector Olivera to spend all of August recovering from a hamstring strain and indoctrinating himself to professional baseball in the United States. But they are now hoping the 30-year-old Cuban begins showing glimpses of why they paid such a steep price for him.

Olivera got his first taste of the big leagues and began his reign as Atlanta's third baseman of the future during Tuesday night's 7-1 loss to the Marlins at Turner Field. His 0-for-4 debut provided indication that it might take some time for him to live up to the expectations that have been placed on him.

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Simmons dealing with right ankle discomfort

Simmons dealing with right ankle discomfort

ATLANTA -- Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was walking up the dugout stairs preparing to complete his normal pregame running exercises before he felt some familiar right ankle discomfort that caused him to miss Monday night's 4-0 loss to the Marlins.

The Braves scratched Simmons from the starting lineup less than 10 minutes before the first pitch. If this ailment reacts like it has in the past, the Gold Glove shortstop could return to action within the next couple days.

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Miller solid, but Braves fall to Marlins

Miller solid, but Braves fall to Marlins

ATLANTA -- Cole Gillespie's second-inning homer extended Shelby Miller's winless streak to 19 starts and propelled the Marlins toward a 4-0 win over the Braves on Monday night at Turner Field.

Gillespie's one-out solo shot accounted for the only run surrendered during the seven-inning effort provided by Miller, who has not earned a win since coming one out shy of no-hitting the Marlins on May 17. The Braves right-hander has posted a strong 3.12 ERA during his 19-start winless streak, but this marked the ninth time during the span he received zero runs of support.

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Braves want to test Garcia's versatility

Braves want to test Garcia's versatility

ATLANTA -- Adonis Garcia has provided the Braves some offensive consistency while spending the past month serving as their primary third baseman. But he will see his playing time diminished when fellow 30-year-old Cuban third baseman Hector Olivera makes his much-anticipated arrival to the Major League level on Tuesday.

With Olivera likely to get most of the starts at third base over the remainder of the season, the Braves will need to find ways to keep Garcia's bat in their lineup as frequently as possible. Before Monday night's game against the Marlins, Garcia took some grounders at second base.

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Braves unable to contain Yankees in finale

Braves unable to contain Yankees in finale

ATLANTA -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each added a two-run shot and the Yankees rolled to a 20-6 rout of the Braves on Sunday at Turner Field, completing a series sweep.

Drew stroked four hits and Headley had three, each driving in four runs for the Yankees, who put an eight-run pounding on Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. New York remained 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East chase.

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Adonis caps successful set vs. former team

Initially signed out of Cuba and released by Yanks, 3B bats .462 including homer this weekend

Adonis caps successful set vs. former team

There was a time when Adonis Garcia was considered a hot prospect by the New York Yankees.

That was back in 2012, when, at 27, he was signed out of Cuba. He rose through the system up to Triple-A in one year.

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Braves trying to move forward after tragedy

Team thinking of families, witnesses day after fan falls to death at Turner Field

Braves trying to move forward after tragedy

ATLANTA -- Flags flew at half-staff at Turner Field, and while the players, coaches and management did their best to go about their usual pregame routine, Sunday morning simply was unusual.

Everyone was still trying to make sense of the tragic death of 60-year-old Greg Murrey, the fan who fell to his death from the upper deck during the seventh inning of Saturday night's game between the Braves and the New York Yankees. It cast a pall on the Braves drawing a season-high crowd of 49,243.

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Wisler hangs tough, but Braves bested by Yanks

Wisler hangs tough, but Braves bested by Yanks

ATLANTA -- Didi Gregorius' seventh-inning double ended Matt Wisler's night and provided sufficient support to Luis Severino, who helped the Yankees claim a 3-1 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field.

A first-inning wild pitch accounted for the only run Wisler had surrendered until Chase Headley and Gregorius began the seventh inning with consecutive doubles. Brian McCann's eighth-inning double off Edwin Jackson provided an insurance run for the Yankees, who remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Blue Jays in the American League East race.

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Fan dies in fall from upper deck in Atlanta

Fan dies in fall from upper deck in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A fan who fell from the upper deck at Turner Field on Saturday night has died.

The Fulton County Medical Center revealed that the deceased man was Gregory Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Ga.

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Many positives for Wisler in loss to Yankees

Many positives for Wisler in loss to Yankees

ATLANTA -- Matt Wisler will not have many fond memories of his first August at the Major League level. But the Braves rookie ended the month on a positive note as he produced an encouraging performance during Saturday night's 3-1 Braves loss to the Yankees at Turner Field.

After teetering during a 30-pitch first inning, Wisler did not show any signs of being fazed by the fact that he was making his first career appearance against the Yankees in front of a sold-out crowd. The 22-year-old right-hander pitched into the seventh inning for the first time in more than a month and surrendered just two runs, both which might have been prevented with some defensive assistance.

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Jonny on the spot: Gomes pitches 9th inning

Outfielder is first position player to pitch for the Braves since 1989

Jonny on the spot: Gomes pitches 9th inning

ATLANTA -- Jonny Gomes might revere baseball's sanctity more than any other current Major Leaguer. But the veteran Braves outfielder was still cognizant of the fact that he provided some levity and entertainment when he made his first career pitching performance during Friday night's 15-4 loss to the Yankees at Turner Field.

"Any time you're between the lines in a big league ballgame, it's not really a laughing matter, when you're up or down," Gomes said. "With that being said, it doesn't take the loss out of the loss column, but hopefully there were a couple chuckles."

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Perez digs deep hole as Braves fall to Yanks

Perez digs deep hole as Braves fall to Yanks

ATLANTA -- Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer and collected a career-high six RBIs, Brian McCann celebrated his return to Atlanta with a three-run shot of his own and the Yankees rolled to a 15-4 victory over the Braves on Friday night at Turner Field.

Gregorius' seventh homer of the year highlighted New York's eight-run pounding of right-hander Williams Perez, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings. Chase Headley also drove in three runs for the Yankees, who remain 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the American League East lead.

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Growing pains by rookie starters taxing 'pen

Growing pains by rookie starters taxing 'pen

ATLANTA -- While the Braves anticipated the growing pains that have accompanied carrying three rookie starting pitchers in their rotation, they can't afford to continue enduring the damage that has been created as their starting pitchers have completed at least five innings in just four of their past eight games.

Williams Perez was the latest to add to this alarming trend as he retired just five of the 13 batters he faced during Friday night's 15-4 loss to the Yankees at Turner Field. Perez's struggles over the past month have magnified just how inexperienced the Atlanta rotation became when Alex Wood was traded to the Dodgers on July 30.

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McCann back where it all started in Atlanta

Catcher takes on Braves for first time since joining Yankees

McCann back where it all started in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Throughout his high school years in suburban Atlanta, Brian McCann routinely visited Turner Field without any reason to believe he would end up playing more games in this stadium than anybody not named Chipper Jones or Andruw Jones.

Yet, when McCann returned to this familiar setting on Friday afternoon, it felt much different than it had at any previous point of his life. For the first time, the Yankees catcher was entering as a visitor and preparing himself for the odd experience to spend this weekend doing whatever it took to beat that Braves organization that will forever hold a special place in his heart.

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Position player Gomes pitches wacky ninth inning

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Position player Gomes pitches wacky ninth inning

With the way the 2015 season has gone, you may have assumed you'd seen about all the different position player pitching there is to see. But with the Braves down big to the Yankess on Friday, we all learned a valuable lesson: You have not lived until you've seen Jonny Gomes pitch. 

Gomes is the Platonic idealof the position player pitcher -- the beard, the unbuttoned jersey, the sure-why-not ethos that results from surviving five different brushes with death. And when the moment of truth finally arrived, oh man, did Jonny Gomes not disappoint. Over the course of one glorious inning, he flinched, kicked, flailed, hat-tipped and occasionally pitched his way into our hearts, and to commemorate this historic moment, we've compiled this exhaustive timeline.

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