Freddy Garcia pitched into the seventh inning, the Braves overcame a couple of one-run deficits, and Andrelton Simmons delivered a walk-off single as the Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
The acquisition of Garcia in August raised the eyebrows of a few people, but for most, it was simply an afterthought, and many believed Garcia may not even see time on the major league roster. But Tuesday night, Garcia delivered his third straight quality start by pitching 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs, and
striking out seven, his most since joining the Braves.
The teams traded runs in the middle innings. The Brewers broke through first in the third inning when Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI single to right. The Braves knotted the game up in the fourth inning on an Evan Gattis double. The Brewers would grab the lead right back in the fifth inning, when Jeff Bianchi led the inning off with a home run to left field, his first of the season. In the sixth inning, Freddie Freeman would hit an RBI single to center, again tying the game, this time at 2-2.
The game would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth. Justin Upton led the inning off with a base hit, and with one out, Evan Gattis singled. After Brian McCann popped out, Andrelton Simmons lined a single to the right center gap, preserving the Braves lead for the National League’s best record.