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Braves' bats silenced in 2-0 loss to Brewers

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 31, 2014 at 6:22 pm •  Published: March 31, 2014
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — In losing their season opener, the Atlanta Braves got a different kind of win to earn a place in the replay record book.

Julio Teheran pitched six effective innings and allowed two runs in his first opening day start, but was tagged with a loss after Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo shut down the Braves in a 2-0 victory Monday.

Still, Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez can add a new bullet point to his resume after getting the first call overturned under baseball's expanded replay system. Gonzalez challenged Ryan Braun's infield single under Major League Baseball's new replay format.

"They got the play right. That's the bottom line," Gonzalez said.

The review of the play leading off the sixth took 58 seconds, though Gonzalez said it felt like it was 10 or 15 minutes. The skipper said he was going to a replay of the replay play to time the decision.

Still, he was pleased overall. "Today, at the end of the day, they got the play right."

It was a memorable day for other reasons for Braun, who drew a standing ovation in his return from a drug suspension. Braun went 1 for 4 and stole a base in the fourth inning that helped set up a two-run double by Aramis Ramirez.

A smattering of boos during Braun's first at-bat was easily drowned out by the overwhelming applause. The former MVP was suspended for the final 65 games last year in the Biogenesis doping scandal.

Two years ago, Braun became the first MLB player to get a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs overturned. Originally banned for 50 games, he filed a grievance and won.

"It was special. It was an emotional moment for me," Braun said of the ovation.

Played his first game in right field, too. To top off this day, Braun will go down as the hitter involved in the first call overturned by replay.

"I had a pretty good idea that I was out," Braun said, drawing laughs. "For all of us, we just hope they get it right, and they did get it right."

Gallardo (1-0) tossed six shutout innings for the win. Teheran (0-1) had two strikeouts in drawing the starting assignment in the opener following injuries to pitchers including Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy.

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