Cole Hamels allowed five runs in the second inning, including one on his throwing error, and the Atlanta Braves made their big inning stand up Wednesday night in a 5-4 victory that allowed them to avoid a doubleheader sweep.
Nomar Mazara connected for a two-run homer for the Rangers, and Carlos Gomez and Hamels also knocked in runs. Mazara was forced to leave the game early with tightness in his left quadriceps after tweaking it while scoring on Gomez’s double.
The Braves sent 10 batters to the plate in the second, which started with a walk, a hit batsman and a single. Hamels through high and wide to second two batters later, and the Braves responded with three straight hits.