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Bethancourt ties game, Braves lose to Cubs in 9th

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm •  Published: July 11, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Wood's pitching kept the Atlanta Braves close, and Christian Bethancourt's two-out single in the ninth inning tied it.

Yet once again, it wasn't enough for Atlanta.

Justin Ruggiano hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the Chicago Cubs beat the Braves 5-4 Friday. The Braves have lost five of six following a nine-game winning streak.

Bethancourt made his season debut with the Braves on June 28. The 22-year-old catcher has made a nice impression with manager Fredi Gonzalez.

"I'm happy for him," Gonzalez said. "I'm really happy about his defense, how he called the game and handled the situations. I'm glad to see the bats come along too."

For Wood, the game began to slip away in the sixth inning.

With one out and the bases loaded, Wood got Chris Coghlan to hit a grounder, but the ball found a hole in the left side of the infield and went for an RBI single that made it 3-all.

"It's just one of those things," Wood said following the loss. "You hope for a double play out of that, and it ends up squeaking through."

Wood pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on five hits and three walks. Those were the most runs Wood has given up since April 29.

The 23-year-old left-hander struck out six.

Jordan Schafer stole three bases for Atlanta and was caught stealing once.

"Schafer had a great day. He stole three bags, he got on base, played nice defense. And BJ (Upton) been doing nice in the leadoff spot. I'm happy with those guys at the top of the order. Now we need to keep the line moving, and we will," Gonzalez said.

Arismendy Alcantara singled with two outs off Jordan Walden (0-1) in the Cubs ninth and stole second. Ruggiano then got a hit that slipped past shortstop Andrelton Simmons to win it.

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