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Brewers leave too many guys on base in tough loss to Braves

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    The Milwaukee Brewers' Lorenzo Cain loses his helmet while trying to steal second base during the fifth inning of the Brewers’ loss to the Braves on Sunday in Atlanta.

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    Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies (1) is congratulated as he enters the dugout after hitting a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday Aug. 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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    Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies (1) and third base coach Ron Washington celebrate as Albies comes off the field after finishing a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Jesus Aguilar watches his three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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    Atlanta Braves pitcher Jonny Venters works against the Milwaukee Brewers during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday Aug. 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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    Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. watches his home run ball sail toward left field during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb, left, is visited at the mound by pitching coach Chuck Hernandez and catcher Tyler Flowers, right, after a three run home run by Milwaukee Brewers' Jesus Aguilar during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday Aug. 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Jesus Aguilar (24) celebrates his three-run home run with Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, right, as he crosses home plate during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Chase Anderson pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday Aug. 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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    Atlanta Braves' Sean Newcomb pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday Aug. 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Jesus Aguilar hits a three-run home run against the Atlanta Braves Braves during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug.12, 2018, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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    Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr., right, gets a high-five from third base coach Ron Washington while rounding third after hitting a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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    Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13), right fielder Nick Markakis (22) and center fielder Ender Inciarte celebrate after a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday Aug. 12, 2018, in Atlanta. The Braves won 8-7. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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ATLANTA — As he watched hitter after hitter reach base for Milwaukee, Brian Snitker felt like his Braves were always behind.

Way behind.

Instead, Atlanta stayed close despite being outhit 19-9 and took advantage of Ozzie Albies’ tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to beat the Brewers 8-7 on Sunday.

“I’m so proud of the way the guys fought today,” said Snitker, the Braves’ manager. “At one point of the game I felt like we were about eight runs down. There’s a lot of grit in these guys, a lot of fight. They’re tough.”

Albies’ homer was one of three hit by Atlanta. Ronald Acuna Jr. and Dansby Swanson added two-run shots for the Braves, who took two of three in a matchup of playoff contenders.

The Brewers had two or more hits in each of the first seven innings.

“It was tough when they keep getting hits but we have to keep fighting through it and that’s what we did today,” Albies said. “We never give up.”

Jesus Aguilar drove in four runs with three hits, including a three-run homer , for Milwaukee. The Brewers left 13 runners on base to only four for the Braves.

“It was a crazy game,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “When you strand 13, you always think you’ve left runs out there.”

The Brewers’ inability to deliver with runners on base reached a peak in the seventh. Facing Jonny Venters (2-1), Ryan Braun hit into a bases-loaded double play to end the inning.

Albies gave Atlanta the lead by lining his 21st homer over the left-field wall on a slider from Dan Jennings (4-4) to lead off the seventh.

Milwaukee also left the bases loaded in the fourth.

A.J. Minter pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances. Eric Kratz hit a one-out single before Lorenzo Cain, who had four hits, flied out. After Kratz moved to second on a wild pitch, Minter struck out Christian Yelich to end the game.

After allowing only one earned run in three straight starts, Sean Newcomb lasted only four innings, giving up five runs on 12 hits and two walks. The left-hander was tagged for a combined 10 runs on 17 hits in 7 2/​3 innings in two starts against the Brewers this season.

Brewers starter Chase Anderson also was pulled after four innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: RHP Kyle Davies (right shoulder) will join the Brewers in Chicago, but will make at least one more minor league rehab start after permitting four runs in five innings for Double-A Biloxi at Tennessee on Saturday. ... RHP Taylor Williams (right elbow) had what Counsell called a “positive” bullpen session and could come off the 10-day DL without a minor league rehab. ... C Manny Pina left the game one inning after being hit by Freddie Freeman’s foul tip in the fifth.

UP NEXT

Following an off day on Monday, RHP Jhoulys Chacin (11-4, 3.91) will start when Milwaukee opens a two-game series at the Cubs on Tuesday. Chacin struck out while pinch-hitting for Anderson in the fifth.


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