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Braves 8, Brewers 7

W: Eric O'Flaherty (1-0)
L: Carlos Villanueva (2-4)
S: Mike Gonzalez (8)

MVP: Ryan Braun (+.378)
LVP: Carlos Villanueva (-.660)

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Tommy Hanson came out firing in his major league debut, striking out the side in the second and retiring the first ten batters he faced. Meanwhile, Mike Cameron looked out of it in the first inning, getting a bad jump on a Yunel Escobar single and misplaying Chipper Jones' RBI triple. Manny Parra pitched well to everyone not named Chipper Jones, though a two-out walk to Nate McLouth in the fifth didn't help.

Each time Chipper Jones pushed the Braves in front, Ryan Braun was there to answer back. His two-run home run in the fourth, the first hit allowed by Hanson, tied the game. Manny Parra doubled in a run in the fifth to give the Crew a 3-2 lead, but Chipper Jones put the Braves up 5-3 in the bottom half of the inning. Braun answered back in the sixth, tying the game only moments before Mike Cameron put the Crew up 7-5 with a home run of his own.

Parra couldn't make it through the sixth, leaving two on with two out but Mitch Stetter got a ground out to end the inning. Stetter and Coffey combined to keep the Braves scoreless in the 7th. Carlos Villanueva, pitching for a third straight day, gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in the eighth while Seth McClung, Chris Smith, and Mike Burns watched.

Casey McGehee led off the 9th by working a walk. For the second time this week, Ken Macha chose not to play for a tie on the road, letting Kendall swing away in a bunt situation. A hard-hit grounder to first resulted in a double play. Mike Rivera was hit in the foot by a pitch and stole second base but Craig Counsell struck out to end the game. The Brewers return to Miller Park having gone 3-4 on the road trip.