Atlanta struck first in the second against Cole Hamels. Nick Markakis walked and moved up to second after Kurt Suzuki was hit by a pitch. Dansby Swanson followed with a single to center that scored Markakis to put the Braves up 1-0.
After a strikeout by Johan Camargo, Julio Teheran dropped down a bunt that Hamels fielded but Elvis Andrus was unable to handle the throw at second allowing Suzuki to score to make it 2-0. Ender Inciarte kept it going with a run scoring single of his own to plate Swanson. Ozzie Albies followed with a hit of his own to load the bases before Freddie Freeman plated two more with a double to increase the lead to 5-0.
The Rangers got on the board in the third after Teheran issued a one-out walk to Andrus and then allowed a two-run home run to Nomar Mazara to cut the lead to 5-2.
Teheran retired the first two batters he faced in the fifth but then found himself in trouble again. Mazara singled and then scored on a double by Carlos Gomez to make the score 5-3. Teheran then issued back to back walks to Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor to load the bases. However, Robinson Chirinos popped out on the infield to end the inning and the threat.
That was the end of the night for Teheran who allowed five hits and three runs over five innings. He walked five and struck out three.
A.J. Minter replaced Teheran in the sixth and allowed a lead off triple to Will Middlebrooks who scored on a ground out by Hamels to cut the lead to 5-4. Minter recovered and struck out Delino DeShields and Andrus to end the inning.
Hamels allowed six hits and four earned runs over six innings. He finished with two walks and five strikeouts.
Sam Freeman and Jose Ramirez combined for two scoreless innings of relief to set up Arodys Vizcaino in the ninth. Vizcaino retired DeShields on a flyout and then allowed a long fly ball to Andrus that Lane Adams caught just short of the fence in left for the second out of the inning.
Mike Napoli followed with a pinch hit single and then moved up to second on an infield hit by Gomez. However, Gallo flew out to Inciarte in center to end the game and seal the win for Atlanta.
Atlanta’s homestand continues on Thursday when they open up a four-game set against the Miami Marlins.