Both the Atlanta Braves and the Detroit Tigers played some competitive baseball on Thursday, but the Braves ultimately came out on top, winning 6-4.
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Julio Teheran took the mound for the Braves, while Alfredo Simon got the start for Detroit; both pitched two innings.
Simon was able to retire the first three batters he faced with ease, but it was a different story for Teheran, whom gave up a run in the bottom of the 1st after allowing a J.D. Martinez single.
From there it wasn’t until the top of the 5th that things really started to heat up. With Tom Gorzelanny on the mound, Phil Gosselin singled, driving in Joey Terdoslavich and John Buck. This gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead. Atlanta struck again in the top of the 6th when John Buck doubled off of Buck Farmar to drive in two more runs. The Braves were now leading 4-1.
That lead was cut down a bit in the bottom of the 6th inning when 1st baseman Jordan Lennerton hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score J.D. Martinez. Detroit continued to turn the heat up a bit, eventually tying the game 4-4 in the bottom of the 8th.
Just when things were looking up for Detroit, infielder Dixon Machado mishandled a ball, gaining him a fielding error and allowing Atlanta to take a 1 run lead. Then, with Pedro Ciricao at the pate , Eury Perez stole home to score Atlanta’s 6th run of the day.
The Braves were able to hold onto their 6-4 lead, and now sit at 1-1 on the season. Detroit is sitting at 2-1 and is set to face the New York Mets on Friday.