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Recap: Braves 2, Pirates 4
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 4
Venue: PNC Park
Date: April 21, 2013 1:35 PM EDT
  

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have hit their first rough stretch of the season.

Slumping Clint Barmes had a pair of run-scoring singles for his first two RBIs of the season, including a tiebreaking hit in the sixth inning Sunday that led the Pittsburgh Pirates over Atlanta 4-2 for their third straight win over the Braves.

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``We're just not capitalizing on our opportunities offensively,' Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ``We're not getting that big hit when we need it. We're not catching any breaks either, like a broken-bat hit or a pitch going to the backstop. It'll turn around, though. We're playing good baseball.'

Atlanta, which has lost four of five following a 12-1 start, went 3 for 23 with runners in scoring position during the four-game series. Two of those hits came in the second inning Sunday, when Atlanta also stranded 10 runners.

Atlanta went ahead 2-0 in the second on consecutive singles by Chris Johnson, Reed Johnson, Gerald Laird and Andrelton Simmons. The Braves never scored again, and Barmes produced two big hits despite beginning the day with an .093 batting average and in an 0-for-14 slide.

After Atlanta took the lead in the second, the Pirates answered in the bottom half when Pedro Alvarez singled and scored on Russell Martin's double, and Barmes followed with a tying single.

Then in the sixth, Neil Walker singled leading off against Kris Medlen (1-2), advanced to third on Alvarez's flyout and Martin's groundout, and scored on Barmes' single to shortstop. Andrelton Simmons gloved the ball near second but couldn't get the throw to first in time as Barmes raised his average to .130 with a 2-for-3 day.

Luis Avilan threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the seventh.

``We had the matchup we wanted there in the sixth inning with Kris against Barmes, and he just hit the ball to a spot where we couldn't make a play on it,' Gonzalez said. ``Sometimes, it happens that way.'

Medlen admitted it was a frustrating way to fall behind.

``I made a pretty good pitch, and it wound up being a little infield single that decided the game' Medlen said.

Medlen lost for first time in 29 regular-season starts in which he was given a lead. He allowed three runs and six hits in six innings with six strikeouts and one walk.

``I really haven't been swinging the bat as badly as it looks,' Barmes said. ``If some hard-hit balls had found some holes, then my average would be better. Still, I know it looks bad when you look at the average, and it's tough to keep grinding and having nothing to show for it.'

Justin Wilson (1-0) got his first major league win by giving up one hit in 1 2-3 scoreless innings. He entered with the score tied in the sixth and induced an inning-ending double-play grounder from B.J. Upton.

Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Grilli entered the season with five saves and is seven for seven in chances this year.

Wilson, Grilli and fellow relievers Jeanmar Gomez, Jared Hughes and Tony Watson combined for six scoreless innings after Jonathan Sanchez needed 74 pitches to get through three innings. Sanchez allowed two runs and four hits, lowering his ERA to 11.12 from 12.96.

``We're not getting that big hit when we need it,' Braves left fielder Justin Upton said.

NOTES: Atlanta 2B Dan Uggla (strained left calf) missed the game after being injured Saturday night but hopes to play Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at Colorado. ... Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (strained right oblique) is expected to be activated from the DL Monday after a three-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett that ended Sunday. He went 5-for-10 with two doubles. ... Pittsburgh RHP Charlie Morton (elbow surgery) is to make his next rehab start for Double-A Altoona on Tuesday and LHP Francisco Liriano (broken bone in right upper arm) for Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday. ... LHP Mike Minor (2-1, 0.95) is scheduled to pitch for Atlanta on Monday against LHP Jeff Francis (1-1, 8.25). ... The Pirates open a four-game series at Philadelphia on Monday night with RHP A.J. Burnett (1-2, 2.63) facing RHP Tyler Cloyd, who will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Braves at Pirates
Thu, Apr 18 Final 6 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Braves at Pirates
Fri, Apr 19 Final 0 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Braves at Pirates
Sat, Apr 20 Final 1 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Braves at Pirates
Sun, Apr 21 Final 2 to 4
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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  -160   -110   7 
 PIT  +150   -110   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  -170   -115   7 
 PIT  +155   -105   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  89%   90%   55% 
 PIT  11%   10%   45% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 1 Under: 4 
 PIT 3 Cover: +120 
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 Apr 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 0 Under: 6 
 PIT 6 Cover: +110 
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 Apr 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 6 Cover: +100 
 PIT 4 Over: 10 
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 Mar 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 9 Over: 27 
 ATL 18 Cover: +100 
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 Feb 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Over: 11 
 PIT 9 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 3, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 4 Cover: +130 
 PIT 0 Under: 4 
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 Oct 2, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 1 Under: 6 
 PIT 5 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 1, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 1 Under: 3 
 PIT 2 Cover: +125 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Sunday, Apr 21
 
    Yankees at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Orioles
1:35 PM EDT
    Royals at Red Sox
1:35 PM EDT
    Braves at Pirates
1:35 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Twins at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Rangers
3:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Padres at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Phillies
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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