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Braves rally in the ninth to stun Indians 8-7

Braves score five times in the ninth to snap losing skid.

MLB: Game Two-Atlanta Braves at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves appeared to be dead in the water but a big ninth inning rally helped them avoid a doubleheader sweep while snapping a four-game losing streak in the process.

Atlanta entered the ninth trailing 7-3 and appeared to be headed for their fifth straight loss. The Braves wouldn’t quit however as they loaded the bases with one out against the Indians bullpen. Ender Inciarte struck out for the second out of the inning but Ozzie Albies followed with a two-run single to right to make it 7-5. Adam Cimber walked Josh Donaldson to load the bases which prompted Terry Francona to go to the bullpen to bring in left-hander Tyler Olson to face Freddie Freeman.

Freeman worked a full count against Olson and then took a breaking ball low to force in a run and make it 7-6. Francona would then bring in right-hander Cody Anderson to face Acuña with two outs and the bases still loaded. Acuña then jumped on a 1-0 pitch and drove it into the left field corner for a two-run double to put Atlanta in front 8-7.

Anderson walked Nick Markakis to load the bases but then got Johan Camargo to fly out to left to end the inning.

A.J. Minter then came on and struck out the side in the ninth to seal the win. It was the largest comeback in the majors so far this season and the largest by the Braves since 2012.

Touki Toussaint struggled with his command from the start as the Braves quickly fell behind 7-0 after two innings. Toussaint never had a feel for his breaking ball and allowed six hits and seven runs in just 1 1/3 innings. He threw 60 pitches with just 31 going for strikes.

Atlanta finally broke through in the fifth with a triple by Tyler Flowers that scored Markakis to make it 7-1. Dansby Swanson hit a two-run home run in the seventh to make it 7-3 helping set the stage for the team’s heroics in the ninth.

Atlanta will go for a series win on Sunday when Max Fried faces off against Indians starter Shane Bieber.

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