Braves Sweep Royals With 8-5 Win

By scotthumphries

Chipper Jones, Eric Hinske, and Omar Infante combined for six hits and seven rbi’s and Billy Wagner notched his 399th career save as the Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with an 8-5 win on Sunday in Atlanta.

Jones, Hinske, and Infante all had two hits apiece in the game, with Jones driving in three runs, and Hinske and Infante driving in two runs each, while Wagner pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 14th save of the year and his 399th career save.

The Braves jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, scoring four first inning runs on a pair of two-run doubles by Jones and Infante, but the Royals rallied to score two runs in the second inning and three more in the third to take a 5-4 lead.

Atlanta came back to tie the game at 5-5 in the sixth inning though, scoring a run on back-to-back doubles by Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones.

That set the stage for more late inning heroics by the Braves and today’s hero was Eric Hinske, who drilled what proved to be a game-winning two-run double to put Atlanta ahead 7-5, and Melky Cabrera followed with an rbi-single, extending the Braves’             lead to the eventual final score of 8-5.

Wagner then came on in the ninth to close out the game for the Braves.

Craig Kimbrel (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the win for the Braves, while Blake Wood (0-1) gave up the game-winning hit to Hinske and took the loss for Kansas City.

The win was the fifth straight win, seventh win in eight games, and 15th win in their last 16 home games for the surging Braves, who ran their record to 42-28 and increased their National League leading winning percentage to .600 with the win, while the loss     dropped the Royals to 29-41 on the year.

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