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Braves hit three homers in eighth, move to 12-1

Apr 16, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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The scorching Braves broke open a 2-2 game in the eighth Tuesday, with Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla all hitting homers off Kelvin Herrera in a 6-3 win over the Royals.

Crushing Herrera made the victory especially impressive. While hardly a household name, Herrera has been one of the AL’s best relievers since the start of 2012. Including his first six appearances this year, he had allowed four homers and posted an 88/22 K/BB ratio in 89 2/3 innings.

The Braves hit five homers in all tonight. Juan Francisco hit the first two, both off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.

The eighth-inning outburst came too late for Braves starter Kris Medlen, who left after seven, so Eric O’Flaherty ended up with his third win in relief. He’s tied for the major league lead in victories.

The Braves have won 10 straight since losing their second game of the season, and they’ve outscored the oppositing 62-23 this season. They’re the only team in either league with fewer than four losses.

The only bad news for the Braves tonight was that reliever Luis Avilan went down with a hamstring injury in the ninth and had to be helped off.

  1. Rich Peters - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Reblogged this on Higher Ground.

  2. randygnyc - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM


    • Kevin S. - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      Most impressive.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      As a guy who spent the whole off season saying there moves did not mean much – I am impressed.

  3. aceshigh11 - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    This team is scary-good right now. It’s way early, but the lead they’ve already opened up is going to be tough on the rest of the division.

  4. knowlegeforyou - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    This team hits BOMBS plain and simple. I bet Towers is hating himself right about now. at least my man Prado can fill in for just about any of his “gritty” players that go down due to injury.

  5. mp4philly - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:17 AM


    • nbjays - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Yep! They are the anti-Marlins :-)

  6. tgthree - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    I hate to seem like the fact police, but just for the record, the Braves have won 10 straight after losing their THIRD game of the season.

    • tgthree - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      They were up 2-0 in their first series with the Phils when the Cliff Lee buzzsaw ran them over.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        So did Cliff Lee remember how to win this year, or is everybody finally willing to admit his 2012 record wasn’t his fault?

      • Tim OShenko - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Lee just didn’t know how to pitch to the score last year. Your team gives you zero runs in support, you have to hold the opposition to -1.

  7. josephdj9 - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Man I remember when the 1984 Tigers went 35-5 in their first 40; That was the most impressive team that I can recall off the top of my head.

    The Bravos still have a ways to go, but man very impressive so far.

  8. mckludge - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    O’Flaherty just knows how to win ball games.

  9. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    The important thing to remember is that Danny Espinosa still is not impressed

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Did he do that with a “Mckayla is not impressed” expression?

  10. bravojawja - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I can’t believe they left Herrera out there. It was like batting practice, but with 98 mph fastballs that didn’t move.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      I can’t believe they left Herrera out there

      I can’t believe it’s not butter.

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