Atl 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 6
Pit 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4
Date of game: 4/18/2013

Recap: Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Evan Gattis hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, while Justin and B.J. Upton both hit solo home runs as the Atlanta Braves edged the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-4, in the opener of a four-game set.

Chris Johnson had three hits, including a two-run blast, for the Braves, who bounced back after their 10-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday versus Kansas City.

Atlanta starter Julio Teheran gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out four over five innings. Anthony Varvaro (1-0) tossed two strong innings in relief to pick up the win.

Garrett Jones had a double and two RBI for the Pirates, while Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin each hit solo home runs. Starter Jeff Locke allowed four runs and walked four over 4 2/3 innings. The lefty also gave up three home runs on six hits.

Jared Hughes (1-1) was dealt with the loss after lasting 1 1/3 innings and giving up two runs on two hits, including Gattis' clutch homer.

"The ball didn't sink and he did a good job of getting his hands inside of it and hitting it hard," Hughes said of Gattis' homer.

B.J. Upton led off the first inning with a solo blast, his second home run of the season, to deep left to make it 1-0. Jones, though, delivered a sacrifice fly to center in the bottom of the frame that scored Travis Snider to make it 1-1.

Martin put the Pirates on top with a solo shot to left in the bottom of the second. Locke, however, ran into some trouble in the third. Justin Upton drew a two-out walk and Johnson made the Bucs pay with a shot over the wall in center that made it 3-2.

In the fourth, Alvarez took a 1-0 offering over the left-center field wall to tie the game at 3-3.

Justin Upton answered for the Braves in the fifth. His ninth home run of the season also went to left, like his brother's, and put Atlanta back on top.

Trailing 4-3 in the fifth, Jones doubled to deep right-center to score Snider, who doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a wild pitch.

Atlanta finally broke open the contest in the eighth. Andrelton Simmons drew a walk against Hughes and moved to second on Gerald Laird's sacrifice bunt. Gattis, who pinch-hit for Varvaro, then launched his two-run shot over the left-field wall to make it 6-4.

"I didn't think I hit it hard enough. It started hooking and I'm glad it did because I don't think it would have gone out otherwise," Gattis said of his homer.

Atlanta reliever Craig Kimbrel tossed a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save of the season.

Game Notes

Justin Upton now has nine home runs through 15 games this season. It took him 98 games to hit nine home runs last year ... Snider had two doubles and two runs scored for Pittsburgh ... Pirates left fielder Starling Marte's 10- game hit streak came to an end after he went 0-for-5.

Johnson headlines FCS players of the week

In 2013, the Montana State Bobcats made a bit of an offensive switch, going from a pass-heavy system to a more run- integrated style of play. The reason wasn't because the team was unstable at quarterback, but rather due to the fact the Bobcats were loaded at the running back position.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.