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Braves defeat Brewers 4-3 in 12 innings

Brewers fell in 12 innings against the Braves in the first game of the series.

Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

WP: Brandon Cunniff (1-0)
LP: Carlos Torres (2-2)
SV: Jim Johnson (9)

HR: Martin Maldonado (5), Nick Markakis (7), A.J. Pierzynski (2)

Box Score

That’s one of the quicker 12-inning games that you will see. Unfortunately for the Brewers, they came out on the wrong end.

After a quiet first inning, the Braves got on the board first with a solo home run from Nick Markakis. The Brewers responded in the bottom of the second with singles from Hernan Perez and Keon Broxton, along with a stolen base from Perez.

The Braves got the lead back in the top of the fourth. Freddie Freeman got on base with a double that he overslid second on, but got back before Scooter Gennett got a tag on him. Matt Kemp followed that up with a single to score Freeman and make it 2-1. The Braves then extended the lead to 3-1 on a solo home run from A.J. Pierzynski.

The Brewers tied the game back up at 3-3 in the fifth inning. After a Chris Carter walk, Martin Maldonado hit his fifth home run of the season to tie the game back up at 3-3. That was all the Brewers managed off of Rob Whalen, who allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking one. Meanwhile, Zach Davies matched him, allowing three runs and eight innings in seven innings with three strikeouts.

The game went to the bullpens after that. Four Braves relievers (Jose Ramirez, Mauricio Cabrera, Brandon Cundiff, Jim Johnson) combined to pitch six scoreless innings. Meanwhile, Corey Knebel, Tyler Thornburg, and Carlos Torres combined for four scoreless innings.

Torres went out for a third inning, and that was too much for him. Matt Kemp walked to lead off the inning, then Nick Markakis hit a ground-rule double to put runners at second and third. Adonis Garcia was intentionally walked to load the bases, then Gordon Beckham hit a sacrifice fly that Keon Broxton misplayed to take a 4-3 lead. Blaine Boyer came in after that, induced a double play and a pop-out to prevent any further scoring.

The Brewers did threaten in the 12th inning with a single from Broxton and a stolen base to put him at second, but Martin Maldonado struck out and Ramon Flores grounded out to end the game.

The series continues tomorrow evening in Milwaukee. Tyrell Jenkins faces newly-recalled Wily Peralta in the second game of the series. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.