The Atlanta Braves rallied for three runs in a strange seventh inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 at Turner Field Thursday night to take three out of four games in the series. The Brewers built a lead thanks to a pair of two out, RBI singles from Jonathan Lucroy. Khris Davis and Logan Schafer also knocked in a run supporting starter Matt Garza. B.J. Upton homered for Atlanta in the 6th to make it a 4-2 game in favor of the visitors. That's when things got weird. Replay was used three times in the bottom of the 7th, twice overturning outs called in the field. When Manager Ron Roenicke made a pitching change, there was confusion as first Zach Duke came out of the bullpen, only to be replaced by Will Smith. The Brewers were without both the pitching and bullpen coach, away at their children's graduation. Roenicke admitted there was miscommunication over the change. Umpires had to huddle to determine exactly how much time Smith would be given to warmup. He might have needed a bit more throws as Ryan Doumit stroked a pinch hit, 2 run single to cap off the three run rally that took neaerly 45 minutes. Brandon Kintzler took the loss in relief and Craig Kimbrel earned his 12th save for Atlanta by striking out a pair in the ninth. The Brewers played without Carlos Gomez because of a tight back and Ryan Braun left the game early when his strained oblique muscle tightened up. The arduous road trip continues for Milwaukee, now 28-20 as they open a weekend series in Miami with only a game and a half lead on St. Louis in the NL Central race. Marco Estrada will start for the Brewers against the Marlins Friday night. Pre-game coverage begins at 5:35 PM on WTAQ.
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