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Gattis powers Braves past Pirates 6-4

April 19th, 2013 - By Steve James

Pinch-hitter Evan Gattis connected

for a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves

beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 on Thursday night.

Atlanta brothers B.J. and Justin Upton homered in the

same game for the second time this season as the Braves continued

their torrid play. Atlanta improved to a major league-best 13-2

after Gattis hit a sinker from Jared Hughes (1-1) into the

left-field bleachers for the first pinch-hit homer of his career.


Anthony Varvaro (1-0) won in relief of starter Julio Teheran.

Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Russell Martin and Pedro Alvarez each hit their first

homer of the year, but the Pirates couldn’t climb above .500.

Travis Snider added two doubles and Garrett Jones drove in two