Despite heroic efforts to lose the game by Fredi Gonzalez — which only began by giving a start to Brandon Hicks — the Braves rallied to pull off the sweep anyway, though too late to get a win for Brandon Beachy after another terrific performance.
The Braves jumped on top in the first via a walk to Prado and back-to-back doubles by Heyward and Jones, the latter picking up both RBI. Uggla couldn’t move Chipper up and he was stranded, and it looked like Beachy would have to make the two runs stand up.
For a while, it looked like he would; he was perfect through 3 2/3. But he allowed a double to Aubrey Huff that Heyward apparently lost in the sun, and then Out Boy homered to tie the game. Neither team did much of anything else until the seventh, when all Hell broke loose.
After McLouth grounded out to start the inning, Hicks actually walked. AAG hit for Beachy, and struck out, and Prado followed with a walk. Heyward hit a long three-run homer to make it 5-2 and put the Braves in great shape to win.
Fredi had other ideas. With Moylan on the DL and Kimbrel unavailable after pitching in the last three games, he moved down the bullpen and decided to bring in Luis Valdez/Jairo Asencio to hold the lead for the seventh. After getting one out, it was single, single, single, bases-loaded walk, groundout to cut it to 5-4… and Valdez/Asencio was still out there. Finally, he gave up a two-run double, and with the lead blown Fredi finally went to Linebrink, who finished the inning. I have no idea what, or if, Gonzalez was thinking.
Uggla tied it up in the eighth with a solo homer. That was all they could get, and the bases remained empty through the ninth. In the tenth, Heyward and Chipper singled leading off and Uggla walked, but Freeman and pinch-hitter Hinske couldn’t get him home, Freeman striking out and Hinske giving up a force at home. But McLouth came through with a two-run single, and Brian McCann (whose off-day, as usual, finished with him catching) added a third run with a single. Jonny Venters struck out the first two, then allowed an infield single and a rare flyout to finish the game and get the save. Eric O’Flaherty got the win for two terrific innings of relief.