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Atlanta Braves hold off Brewers for 5-4 win

ATLANTA — The Milwaukee Brewers finally got the left-handed reliever they wanted into the game, but the Atlanta Braves took advantage anyway.

Pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit singled in two runs off Will Smith in the seventh inning and the Braves defeated the Brewers 5-4 in a strange game Thursday night at Turner Field.

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke wanted Smith, but it was Zach Duke who started to trot in, touching off confusion. After a long delay, Smith was allowed to pitch and Doumit spoiled the move.

Once down 4-1, the Braves trailed by two runs going into the seventh after a six-inning homer by center fielder B.J. Upton and Brewers starter Matt Garza appeared in control.

Third baseman Chris Johnson, who had three hits, and second baseman Dan Uggla singled, though, and Garza was pulled with one out. Brandon Kintzler allowed an RBI double to catcher Gerald Laird and then the confusion started.

Both Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell were away from the team and apparently the wrong pitcher was throwing in the bullpen.

The Braves had an out overturned on video review after Doumit’s hit, but right-hander Rob Wooten struck out left fielder Justin Upton looking with the bases loaded to end the wild inning.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel hit the first batter of the ninth inning with a pitch, but struck out the next three Brewers for his 12th save in 14 opportunities.

Kintzler (1-2) took the loss despite facing just one batter and left-hander Alex Wood (4-4) got credit with the victory after a scoreless top of the seventh inning.

Braves starter Aaron Harang was pulled after giving up an RBI hit in the sixth inning to left fielder Kris Davis that gave the Brewers a 4-1 lead. He gave up nine hits and four runs while striking out five and walking one in 5 1/3 innings.

The Braves started their comeback in the bottom of the sixth when B.J. Upton went the other way with a 1-1 fastball from Garza and lined his fourth homer of the season into the right-field seats.

Brewers shortstop Jean Segura had three hits, including a double, stole a base and scored twice. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy had a double and single for Milwaukee, driving in two runs.

Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun, who was on the 15-day disabled list earlier in May with a right oblique strain, left Thursday’s game after four innings with tightness in his right side. He batted twice, grounding out both times.