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Braves 11, Pirates 3

B.J. Upton singles to rightfield in the fifth inning, driving in Chris Johnson from third base and putting the Braves ahead 6-1.

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B.J. Upton singles to rightfield in the fifth inning, driving in Chris Johnson from third base and putting the Braves ahead 6-1.

PITTSBURGH — Justin Upton homered to spoil Andrew McCutchen's return as the Braves beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Upton's three-run homer off Francisco Liriano in the third broke things open. He added a two-run single off reliever Brandon Cumpton in the fifth as Atlanta handed Pittsburgh its season-high seventh straight loss.

Jason Heyward had three RBIs and Evan Gattis homered for the Braves, who have won five straight. Aaron Harang pitched 81/3 strong innings.

McCutchen went 0-for-4 in his first game back after missing two weeks with fractured cartilage in his ribs. The reigning National League MVP left the game after grounding into a double play in the eighth.

Travis Snider, Starling Marte and Russell Martin had two hits apiece for the Pirates.

The Pirates went 5-9 without their superstar centerfielder, who went to the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 4 after injuring himself while swinging on a routine sacrifice fly against Arizona. He received a standing ovation when he made his first plate appearance but was caught looking at a fastball from Harang that hit the outside corner.

The Pirates matched their longest losing streak since dropping seven in a row from Sept. 7-14, 2012.

Braves 11, Pirates 3 08/19/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 10:52pm]
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