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Wells robs game-tying homer in White Sox 3-1 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm •  Published: July 21, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) — Reed Johnson just missed a spectacular day at the plate.

Left fielder Casper Wells robbed Johnson of a home run in the eighth inning to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Sunday.

Johnson also hit a hard liner direct at shortstop Alexei Ramirez with the bases loaded in the second inning which turned into a double play.

"It's like we were saying, that's a perfect example of why they shouldn't have a one-game playoff right there. A game that happens like that, I mean you really feel like we played pretty well all-around. We made maybe one mistake and it cost us a run, but I thought we played pretty well and put ourselves in a good opportunities and actually took some good at-bats when we did get those opportunities. It just didn't go our way. Just chalk it up to, Hey, man, I had a couple good at-bats," and move on to the next day. It's just kind of the way it goes sometimes," said Johnson.

With the White Sox leading 3-1, Wells leaped up against the left-field wall to make a catch and rob Johnson of the game-tying homer.

"I'm just glad we had enough real estate to work with. I was just tracking the ball and just jumped, and you know, luckily the ball was able to find my glove and I was still able to keep it in the ballpark," said Wells.

Braves starter Mike Minor (9-5) pitched his first career complete game in the loss as the Braves dropped two out of three to the White Sox. Minor allowed three runs, two earned on five hits. He struck out eight and walked two.

"It's a cruel game at times, our game. Mikey probably pitched the best game of the year. And he got nothing, he got an 'L.' That's all he got. That's a shame. That's the way our game is," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Alex Rios added two hits and an RBI for Chicago and Jose Quintana (5-2) scattered nine hits in 5 2-3 innings for the win.

The White Sox had their best defensive game of the season.

"I think that's the one that you realize you can go through slumps defensively but I see our team more like we played today than I do what was happening in the first half," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura.

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