For 8 2/3 innings, Sean Newcomb put the “0” in “hope,” before Chris Taylor broke up his no-hit bid with a 2 strike single past a diving Johan Camargo. Defensive indifference and a Manny Machado single off Dan Winkler led to Newcomb being charged with the Dodgers’ run. Sean was allowed to go 134 pitches in chasing the no-no, but he was in complete command all the way. He struck out 8, and allowed only one walk, to Yasiel Puig in the 6th.
Freddie Freeman started a 2 out rally in the 1st with a single, and back to back doubles by Nick Markakis and Kurt Suzuki staked the Braves to a 2 – 0 lead. Markakis sealed the deal with a 2 run homer in the 3rd, and finished with 3 hits.
The Braves salvage a game from the 4 game set, and move to 3 – 5 post All-Star break, and 55 – 47 overall. The Phillies and Nationals both lost, and the Braves now stand 1.5 games behind the Phillies with a little over 2 months to go.
After the game, the Braves added reliever Brad Brach from the Orioles for international slot money. Brach brought a career line of 393 IP, 308 hits, and 422 strikeouts into this season, but the 32 year old right-hander has been pretty bad in his 39 innings this year, posting a 4.85 ERA and 1.77 WHIP. No corresponding move at this time.