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PITTSBURGH — Justin Upton smashed his 24th home run of the season to spoil Andrew McCutchen's return as the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Darnell Sweeney's two-run home run in the top of the 11th held up to give the Chattanooga Lookouts a 7-6 Southern League baseball victory Tuesday night when the Birmingham Barons managed only Trayce Thompson's leadoff homer in the bottom of the inning and left the tying run on second base.

PITTSBURGH — Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons homered to begin a six-run first inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the sliding Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on Monday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Chattanooga Lookouts almost survived six errors Monday night in their battle for second place in the Southern League's North Division, but they lost in the 10th inning, 6-5, on a bases-loaded walk.

Chattanooga's pitching, which had been so stout during its recent 11-game winning streak, faltered for a second consecutive night in a series-opening 10-5 loss at Birmingham on Sunday.

ATLANTA — Mike Minor needed a reason to believe he could work his way back to his 2013 form.

ATLANTA — Chris Johnson drove in two runs with three hits, Julio Teheran threw six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves edged the suddenly struggling Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Saturday night.

The Chattanooga Lookouts have become used to winning in the last two weeks, and even in their loss Saturday night they battled to the end. Jacksonville won 9-8 at AT&T Field despite allowing two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

LEXINGTON, Ohio — As the laps dwindled, Chris Buescher's anxiety rose.

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Nassib led the New York Giants to two touchdowns in the final four minutes, completing a huge fourth-quarter comeback with a 27-26 NFL preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night.

The Chattanooga Lookouts returned to their winning ways Friday night at AT&T Field, whipping Jacksonville 5-1 before an announced crowd of 4,058.

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman said before the game the slumping Braves needed an immediate turnaround.

ATLANTA — Despite hitting only .229 in the Los Angeles Dodgers' first 12 games in August, Dee Gordon remained confident in his approach as he refused to make changes that might lead to bad habits.

The Chattanooga Lookouts nearly needed a spinoff streak during its surge of the past two weeks.

ATLANTA — Nobody beats the Atlanta Braves six straight times in the same season.

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