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Braves sink Pirates for fifth straight win with 11-3 victory

Justin K. Aller

Keep this streak going, Braves!

Aaron Harang earned his 10th win for the Braves, who extended their winning streak to five games by easily beating the Pirates 11-3, sending them to their seventh straight loss.

Ervin Santana had an RBI in the opening game, so I guess Harang wanted one too. After all, he hadn't had one since 2012. With two outs in the second inning and Andrelton Simmons at second, Harang lined a base hit into center field against his counterpart Francisco Liriano. Andrew McCutchen was playing shallow, but Simmons beat the throw home standing up.

In the third inning, Justin Upton followed two straight singles with a three-run homer to left, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. One inning later, brother B.J. led off with a double and scored on a single by Jason Heyward. At the end of four, the Braves led 5-0.

Pittsburgh got on the board in the fourth on Neil Walker's RBI groundout, but the Braves would put the game out of reach in the fifth. Atlanta loaded the bases with an error, a single, and a walk; B.J. hit a long single down the right field line and off the wall for an RBI. The hit forced Liriano from the game, but there was still more offense to come. Heyward continued the onslaught with a two-run single. After Freeman walked to re-load the bases, Justin brought home two more with a single to center.

Harang gave up an RBI hit to Liriano's replacement, Brandon Cumpton, in the bottom of the fifth with Starling Marte at second. 10-2 Braves.

Evan Gattis capped the win with a long home run in the ninth.

Harang allowed three straight one-out hits in the ninth before being taken out. This was his longest outing of the year.

Win Expectancy

Source: FanGraphs

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