Braves score 3 in 7th, rally to beat Brewers 5-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 22, 2014 at 10:55 pm •  Published: May 22, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — For Ryan Doumit, the wait was agonizing.

Imagine how the Milwaukee Brewers were feeling.

Doumit's pinch-hit single brought home two runs after the Brewers summoned a relief pitcher who had not even been warming up, capping a three-run seventh inning that carried the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 victory Thursday night.

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke told the umpires that Will Smith would take the mound in a double switch, even though Smith had not thrown at all in the bullpen.

After a lengthy delay while the umpires tried to sort things out, even getting on the headsets to talk with the video review center in New York, Smith was forced to face Doumit after tossing only the customary eight warm-up pitches.

Doumit fouled a ball off each foot before ripping a single to left, bringing home the tying and go-ahead runs.

"It was a painful at-bat," he said, "but a good result."

The Brewers were down two coaches, and that certainly affected their game protocol.

Pitching coach Rick Kranitz and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell were both excused to attend graduations, and Rick Tomlin, normally the minor league pitching coordinator, filled in for Kranitz.

"My fault. Miscommunication," Roenicke said. "There's a certain way we do things, and when Kranitz isn't here, I didn't go back and tell Rick Tomlin who to get up and bring in. It's my fault."

The Braves trailed 4-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth.

B.J. Upton hit a two-out homer, barely clearing the right-field wall, and the Braves rallied for the win the next inning. Gerald Laird also had a key hit, a run-scoring double that ricocheted off an infielder's glove.

Jean Segura had three hits for Milwaukee and scored two runs, driven home both times by two-out hits from Jonathan Lucroy.

Alex Wood (4-5) worked a scoreless inning for the win, and Craig Kimbrel earned his 12th save.

Brandon Kintzler (1-2) took the loss, failing to retire the only batter he faced.

Chris Johnson started the Atlanta seventh with a single. Dan Uggla, in a rare start, singled to left after fouling off three pitches to keep the at-bat alive.

Kintzler took over for starter Matt Garza, but Laird ripped one off the glove of third baseman Mark Reynolds, the ball rolling into short left field. A run scored, and Laird hustled to second for a double that barely got out of the infield.

Then things really went haywire for the Brewers.

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