The Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, completing a four game series sweep with a 5-3 victory on Sunday afternoon.
It was the 11th straight win for the Braves, who are playing as good as anyone in the league. Meanwhile, the Pirates suffered their sixth straight loss on Sunday, and now sit 10 games under .500 on the season.
Jose Quintana started for Pittsburgh, giving up four runs on six hits in five innings, falling to 1-4 on the season with the loss. Kyle Wright (7-3) notched the win for the Braves, giving up three runs on five hits in six innings, while Kenley Jansen earned his 18th save of the season.
Atlanta scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning off a pair of solo homeruns by William Contreras and Adam Duvall. A sacrifice fly by Bryan Reynolds in the third cut the lead in half at 2-1, but the Braves responded in the fourth with two more runs. Duvall’s second homerun of the game, a two run homer to right center, made it 4-1
Reynolds blasted a two run homerun of his own to right field in the fifth to cut the lead to a single run at 4-3. But a solo homerun by Matt Olson in the eighth gave the Braves a two run lead, which was more than enough for Jansen.
The nightmare in Atlanta ends with four losses for Pittsburgh, and it won’t get any easier as they open a series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Monday night. The Bucs are just 1-5 against the Cardinals so far this season.
Record vs. Braves: 0-4
Record vs. N.L. East: 3-5
Record on the Road: 11-17
Overall Record: 24-34
Let’s Go Bucs!