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Late mistakes hurt Braves; winning streak ends with 3-2 loss to Pirates

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They went full Barve! You're NEVER supposed to go full Barve!

You NEVER go full Barve!!
You NEVER go full Barve!!
Justin K. Aller

For the first seven innings, the game was going Atlanta's way.

Then the Barves showed up, and everything went downhill from there.

Alex Wood's stellar performance was wasted on some questionable pitch calling and then a dropped fly ball in the ninth as Atlanta's five-game winning streak came to end at the hands of the Pirates.

Wood was given a first-inning lead on Justin Upton's RBI single off Gerrit Cole, making his first start off the DL. The single extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Evan Gattis led off the second with a double, but Cole retired 12 straight until Jason Heyward led off the sixth with a double. Two walks - one intentional and one unintentional - followed to load the bases with one out. Chris Johnson dunked a single into shallow right field to score Heyward easily. Freddie Freeman tried to score, but was thrown out and contended that Chris Stewart was blocking the plate but to no avail.

Alex Wood scattered just three hits, cruising through the first seven innings and had a 2-0 lead entering the eighth, but leadoff walks in tie games late kill. Wood walked Gaby Sanchez to start the inning, and then threw one too many breaking balls to Travis Snider, who hit a ground-rule double before Jordan Walden was summoned. Sanchez scored on a groundout to first, but then a wild pitch scored Snider to tie the game. All of Wood's spectacular work had just gone up in smoke.

Then the Braves went full Barve in the ninth. With one on, the Upton brothers converged on a high fly ball hit by Starling Marte, but neither of them caught it. The end was near, and the winning run scored on a sac fly.

The D-backs didn't help either, rolling over for the Nats again.

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Source: FanGraphs