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  • 28 May
    ATLANTA (AP) — As he watched hitter after hitter reach base
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    , Brian Snitker felt like his Braves were always
    behind.Way behind.Instead, Atlanta stayed close despite being outhit 19-9 and
    took advantage of Ozzie Albies’ tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to beat
    the Brewers 8-7 on Sunday.“I’m so proud of the way the guys fought today,” said
    Snitker, the Braves’ manager. “At one point of the game I felt like we were
    about eight runs down. There’s a lot of grit in these guys, a lot of fight.
    They’re tough.”Albies’ homer was one of three hit by Atlanta. Ronald Acuna Jr.
    and Dansby Swanson added two-run shots for the Braves, who took two of three in
    a matchup of playoff contenders.The Brewers had two or more hits in each of the
    first seven innings.“It was tough when they keep getting hits but we have to
    keep fighting through it and that’s what we did today,” Albies said. “We never
    give up.”Jesus Aguilar drove in four runs with three hits, including a three-run
    homer , for Milwaukee. The Brewers left 13 runners on base to only four for the
    Braves.“It was a crazy game,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “When you
    strand 13, you always think you’ve left runs out there.”The Brewers’ inability
    to deliver with runners on base reached a peak in the seventh. Facing Jonny
    Venters (2-1), Ryan Braun hit into a bases-loaded double play to end the
    inning.Albies gave Atlanta the lead by lining his 21st homer over the left-field
    wall on a slider from Dan Jennings (4-4) to lead off the seventh.Milwaukee also
    left the bases loaded in the fourth.A.J. Minter pitched the ninth for his 10th
    save in 11 chances. Eric Kratz hit a one-out single before Lorenzo Cain, who had
    four hits, flied out. After Kratz moved to second on a wild pitch, Minter struck
    out Christian Yelich to end the game.After allowing only one earned run in three
    straight
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    Sean Newcomb lasted only four innings, giving up five runs on 12 hits and two
    walks. The left-hander was tagged for a combined 10 runs on 17 hits in 7 2/3
    innings in two starts against the Brewers this season.Brewers starter Chase
    Anderson also was pulled after four innings, giving up four runs on five hits
    and two walks.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: RHP Kyle Davies (right shoulder) will join
    the Brewers in Chicago, but will make at least one more minor league rehab start
    after permitting four runs in five innings for Double-A Biloxi at Tennessee on
    Saturday. … RHP Taylor Williams (right elbow) had what Counsell called a
    “positive” bullpen session and could come off the 10-day DL without a minor
    league rehab. … C Manny Pina left the game one inning after being hit by Freddie
    Freeman’s foul tip in the fifth.Braves: LHP Sam Freeman (left shoulder
    inflammation) reported to Class A Rome. Freeman had a 5.45 ERA in 49 games when
    he was placed on the 10-day DL on July 30.CHASING A RARE HITAnderson, who took a
    .088 batting average into the game, enjoyed a rare hitting highlight. He slapped
    a 0-2 pitch from Newcomb up the middle for a two-run single in the second. He
    also drove in two runs against the Cubs on Sept. 9, 2017.HOT AND HUMIDThe
    temperature for the first pitch was 86, and each starter struggled with humid
    conditions. Snitker noticed Newcomb frequently grabbing handfuls of dirt on the
    mound. Anderson had similar problems.“I couldn’t get my hand dry the first
    couple of innings,” Anderson said. “I couldn’t figure that out.”UP NEXTBrewers:
    Following an off day on Monday, RHP Jhoulys Chacin (11-4, 3.91) will start when
    Milwaukee opens a two-game series at the Cubs on Tuesday. Chacin struck out
    while pinch-hitting for Anderson in the fifth.Braves: RHP Touki Toussaint is
    expected to be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his major league debut in
    the first game of Monday’s split doubleheader against Miami. Toussaint, 22,
    joins Mike Soroka and Kolby Allard as first-time starters for Atlanta this
    season. RHP Mike Foltynewicz will start the night game. NEW YORK (AP) — Mets
    captain David Wright believes he will return to the New York Mets this
    season.The 35-year-old third baseman participated in a simulated game before
    Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. He faced Anthony Swarzak and
    Tim Peterson and hit an opposite-field homer to right-center off Peterson for
    his only hit.Wright has not played in a major league game since May 27, 2016,
    because of
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    , back and shoulder injuries that required surgery.“I think
    so,” Wright said when asked if he thought the Mets would clear him to play this
    year. “The communication has been fantastic.”Wright hit .171 with two RBIs in 41
    at-bats during 12 games of a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment from
    Aug. 12-29.“Where he got to at the end of the 20 days was not where we thought
    he needed to be,” Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Friday.
    “Honestly, it does get more difficult to foresee a situation where he could come
    back to that level.”Wright intends to have another simulated game Tuesday and
    then meet with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, a son of owner Fred Wilpon.
    Jeff Wilpon watched Saturday’s session.“The last thing that I want to portray is
    that there is some sort of rift between the Mets and I. That’s false,” Wright
    said. “There’s been communication, and I know where they stand and they know
    where I stand. So the communication, especially recently, has been fantastic and
    I look forward to meeting Jeff in the coming days and formulating a game plan
    from here to the end of September.”A seven-time All-Star, Wright has salaries of
    $20 million this year, $15 million next season and $12 million in 2020, the
    final year of his deal. If the Mets reinstate him from the 60-day disabled list,
    it would likely diminish the amount of insurance money they could collect on his
    contract.“There’s been an open dialogue and, obviously, I want to
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    , and understandably there’s some hurdles that I have to
    clear before that,” Wright said.Wright fielded grounders in addition to
    hitting.“I’d like to have some better at-bats,” Wright said.Mets manager Mickey
    Callaway was impressed with Wright’s defensive footwork and his throws across
    the diamond.“You can see some things. More importantly it’s David feeling
    things, and him knowing that he can go out there and perform,” Callaway said.
    “He’s played a ton of major league games. He’s going to know when that time
    comes.”The rookie manager understands how much of a different club the New York
    could have been with Wright.“We would have been a much, much better team because
    of his leadership and his ability to play this game,” Callaway said.Wright was
    on the disabled list from April 15 to Aug. 24, 2015, when he strained his right
    hamstring and then developed spinal stenosis. He returned late that season as
    the Mets won their first NL pennant since 2000 but has not played for them since
    May 2016. Dr. Robert Watkins operated that June 16 to repair a herniated disk in
    Wright’s neck. After Wright’s rehabilitation was slowed by shoulder pain last
    year, Wright had surgery Sept. 5 to repair his right rotator cuff, and Watkins
    performed a laminotomy in early October in which a bony layer over the spinal
    canal was removed to treat nerve compression.