Too close for comfort, but a win’s a win. The offense scored five quick runs off Homer Bailey in the first three innings and then went to sleep, and Ervin Santana had his first hiccup as a Brave, cruising through the first five innings but running into trouble in the sixth and seventh.
Santana had six strikeouts and no walks through the first five, but he opened the sixth with a leadoff walk, which isn’t a good idea, then gave up a double and a single, and frankly was lucky to get out of the inning with just two runs scoring.
He wasn’t able to make it out of the seventh, getting yanked with a run in and a man on — Luis Avilan came in and promptly allowed the Grybo, and was just as promptly replaced by David Carpenter, who induced the final out. The Kraken came in to preserve the one-run lead in the ninth, and he flirted with disaster, allowing a single and a walk to Zack Cozart — Zack Cozart! — but then he remembered who he is and struck out the next two guys and got the groundout to end it.
B.J. looked nerdy with his new glasses, but he got an infield hit and scored on his brother’s three-run homer. Game ball goes to Freddie Freeman, who had three hits and preserved the win when he dove forward while miraculously keeping his foot on the bag to catch a throw from Chris Johnson for the last out of the game.