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April 18, 2013

Bats cooled in duel, Braves' streak snapped

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"When I gave up that run, I wouldn't say it was stupid, but it was just a bad pitch," Minor said. "I was kind of [upset], because I knew it was going to be a close game just by the way the game was progressing. We weren't getting a lot of hard-hit balls. We weren't hitting [Davis] really well."

The Braves recorded just two singles through the first five innings against Davis and did not advance a runner to second base until Jason Heyward doubled with two outs in the sixth inning.

"That's a heck of a team they've got over there," Davis said. "Bullpen, starting, offense, defense -- everything over there is pretty good. So it was a good win for us to shut them down, and the bullpen to come through lights-out, too."

It appeared the Braves might rally in the seventh, when Davis surrendered a two-out single to Juan Francisco and then watched as Chris Johnson blooped an opposite-field double that landed along the foul line in shallow right field. But instead of having two on with two outs and Andrelton Simmons coming to the plate, third-base coach Brian Snitker's decision to have Francisco attempt to score from first base on the double led to the end of the frame.

Royals second baseman Chris Getz grabbed Johnson's double behind the tarp located down the right-field line and fired an accurate one-hop throw that easily beat Francisco to the plate.

"You've got to make plays," Gonzalez said. "The way the game is going, he's got to pick [the baseball] up and make a good throw to the plate, and [Royals catcher Salvador] Perez has got to make a good catch and make a tag. They did that. So I thought it was a good send."

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