In the club's first visit to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, the Braves won their second game in a row, holding off the Royals 4-3 in a thriller.
Craig Kimbrel came in to close the game in the ninth inning, but he walked the leadoff batter and gave up a hit to put runners on first and third with no outs. Then he struck out two and loaded the bases with an intentional walk of Alex Gordon, who was batting .390 with two outs.
Kimbrel escaped the jam when Alcides Escobar popped up an inside fastball to shallow right field.
Here are Three Cuts from the Braves' 12th one-run victory of the season.
1. Jason Heyward hit it hard, finally.
After a less-than-spectacular early half of the season, Heyward is finally swinging the bat with authority. He went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI. He also reached base in the ninth when he was hit by a pitch.
Heyward's double in the fifth inning gave the Braves their first lead at 2-1. He scored later that inning to make put the Braves ahead ...