Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 4/7/13
After just four and a half games, some fans in Atlanta were getting tired of BJ Upton. He started his Braves career by going 0/16, and some fans were clamoring for the return of Michael Bourn. Of course, every player has gone in a slump before, let alone one as short as 16 at bats, so the concern was a bit ridiculous. But things were much more rosy for BJ's brother Justin, who had hit three homers in his first four games as a Brave, and added a fourth in the first inning on Saturday night. In the ninth inning, with the Braves trailing 5-4 after a rally in the eighth (started by a hustle double by Justin, no less), the Uptons took over. BJ led off the ninth with a solo homer to tie the game, and two batters later, Justin hit his second homer of the night and fifth of the season to give the Braves a 6-5 win and really kick the Upton era into swing. PIC OF THE DAY Josh Hamilton poses for a picture with a Rangers fan, proving that not everyone in Texas hates him. (Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports). Game of the Night: Nationals 7, Reds 6 (11 innings). This was a wild and crazy game, and it's a near-miracle that Washington escaped with a victory. The Nationals held a comfortable 5-1 lead going into the eighth afer a Jayson Werth homer in the seventh, and the finish looked academic with Washington's stellar bullpen. Only, it wasn't. Drew Storen allowed two runs in the eighth thanks to some sloppy play from Ian Desmond, and all of a sudden, it was 5-3. No big deal with closer Rafael Soriano coming in, right? Uh, not so much. Soriano started off the ninth by allowing a solo homer to Shin-Soo Choo to make it 5-4, and nearly allowed another to Joey Votto, who ended up on third with a triple. Votto scored on a Soriano wild pitch, and the game was all knotted up. After Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the tenth, Dusty Baker went with JJ Hoover (who has now worked in four of the five Reds games this year), and he promptly allowed a pair of solo homers to Desmond and Wilson Ramos in the 11th. In the bottom of the inning against Craig Stammen, Brandon Phillips doubled in Votto to make it 7-6, but died at second after Stammen struck out Jay Bruce to end the game. Pitching Lines of the Night: Clayton Kershaw had his way with a punchless Pirates offense in a 1-0 Dodgers win, allowing just two hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out nine. Alex Cobb's first start of the year with the Rays was great in their 6-0 win over Cleveland, as he threw 7 1/3 shutout innings, giving up four hits and three walks while tallying six strikeouts. JA Happ allowed just one hit over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in Toronto's 5-0 win over Boston, walking three and striking out six, but John Lackey's injury was the bigger story. Hitting Lines of the Night: The aforementioned Justin Upton went 3/5 with a double, two homers, and three runs scored for the Braves in their comeback win over the Cubs. Albert Pujols had a great day for the Angels in their 8-4 win over Texas, going 2/2 with two homers, three walks, and three RBI. Wilson Ramos was grear for Washington in their win, going 2/4 with three RBI, two homers, and a walk, while Jayson Werth went 3/5 with two runs, a double, and a homer. Michael Cuddyer powered the Rockies to a 6-3 win over the Padres, going 3/4 with a homer and four RBI. Miguel Cabrera went a perfect 4/4 at the plate in Detroit's 8-4 win over the Yankees, with a double, two runs, a walk, and an RBI. The Diamondbacks romped the Brewers 9-2, and Paul Goldschmidt went 2/5 with three runs, two RBI, a double, and a homer. Other Games: The Phillies used a bizarre one hit, three run ninth inning rally to beat the Royals 4-3. The White Sox held off the Mariners and beat Felix Hernandez's squad 4-3. The Mets beat the Marlins 7-3, with an odd interference call snuffing a Marlins rally in the seventh. The Cardinals ruined the Giants MVP celebration for Buster Posey with a 6-3 win. The Twins beat the Orioles 6-5 thanks to an unearned run in the ninth caused by an error by Chris Davis (who only drove in one run...the slacker). The A's made Bartolo Colon a winner in his return to the hill thanks to a 6-3 win over Houston, though Colon didn't pitch nearly as well as Dan Straily, who was demoted after his start on Friday. What You Missed: Nothing really, I touched on all the major bullet points already. Today's Games: James Shields and Cole Hamels duel in the rubber match in Philly. CC Sabathia takes on Justin Verlander in Detroit. Jeff Samardzija might strike out at least a dozen as his Cubs take on Tim Hudson and the Braves. Jon Lester takes on RA Dickey in Toronto. Stephen Strasburg and Johnny Cueto will do battle in Cincinnati. Jose Fernandez makes his major league debut at Citi Field. Justin Masterson will take on David Price in Tampa. Ian Kennedy and Yovani Gallardo will duel in Milwaukee. Chris Sale toes the rubber for the White Sox, hosting the Mariners. Adam Wainwright takes on Matt Cain in San Francisco. Brett Anderson starts for the A's in Houston. Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers host the Pirates and their punchless offense. Jered Weaver takes on Yu Darvish in Texas. National TV: Yankees-Tigers is at 1:05 PM on TBS, and Angels-Rangers is at 8:05 PM on ESPN2 (thanks to ESPN airing the womens Final Four tonight). Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Los Angeles Clippers will sign Paul Pierce

With Kevin Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Aldridge crosses Lakers off list, did not mesh well with Kobe

Jerry Dipoto officially steps down as Angels GM

Report: Rajon Rondo wants 'all of' Kings' $10M cap space

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Reports: Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson returning to Cavs

Dwyane Wade, Heat reportedly progressing in contract talks

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Brandon Spikes sentenced to one year probation in crash

Report: Leafs trade Kessel to Penguins in multi-player deal

David Ortiz vehemently denies that his bat speed is declining

Mike Green is joining the Red Wings on a three-year deal

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans until 2020

ESPN denies censoring Keith Olbermann commentary

The best and worst MLB players in the month of June

Report: Lakers didn’t make strong impression on Aldridge

Danny Green takes the Andre Iguodala path

DeSean Jackson rips Eagles in new reality TV show

Deciding what the All-Star Game really means

Being a Dallas Cowboys fan could cost Chris Christie votes

Winning and losing the strike zone game: Midseason update

Baltimore Orioles keep finding a way to win

Aldridge recruited to Lakers by Adam Levine, Snoop Dogg

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.