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Braves nip Giants again with last at-bat heroics

Aug 17, 2011 - 3:28 AM Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Martin Prado smacked a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Atlanta Braves to 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field.

Pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad bounced a one-out double over the right-field corner fence in the deciding frame. A groundout moved him to third before Giants reliever Javier Lopez (5-2) gave up Prado's base hit through the right side of the infield.

"Every single day it's a new guy, a new teammate. Just show up and do a little thing to win the game. Today was my time," Prado said.

Atlanta notched its second consecutive walk-off win after opening this four- game series Monday by rallying with three runs against Brian Wilson in the ninth. The beneficiary of Tuesday's heroics was Arodys Vizcaino (1-0), who picked up his first win in the majors.

The Braves lead baseball with 22 wins in their final at-bat this season.

Atlanta's Randall Delgado was the story of the game through the first six innings.

Making just his second start in the majors, the 21-year-old right-hander faced the minimum 18 batters, allowing only one base runner -- a one-out walk to Mike Fontenot in the fourth.

Delgado was removed after Cody Ross began the seventh by hammering a 3-1 pitch deep to left field for his 10th home run, spoiling the no-hit bid and tying the game.

The Braves put the winning run on base in the ninth as Michael Bourn drew a one-out walk. San Francisco's Aubrey Huff then made an outstanding running catch in front of the left-field wall, robbing Prado of a potential game- winning hit. What made the grab even more incredible is the fact Huff was making just his second start of the year in left field.

Atlanta put men on the corners in the next frame, but Lopez coaxed a 6-3 double play grounder from Alex Gonzalez to end the threat.

Before the game, the Giants placed both right fielder Carlos Beltran and reliever Sergio Romo on the 15-day disabled list. They might be adding another after starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez exited in the third inning with a left ankle sprain.

With a runner on first base and one out, Sanchez rolled his ankle when he fielded a sacrifice bunt from Delgado. He threw one pitch to Bourn before limping off the field.

Guillermo Mota took over on the mound and Bourn greeted him with an RBI single to center field.

"We've just got to keep playing the game and not worry about the injuries," Sanchez said.

Beltran missed the previous seven games with a strained right hand, while Romo has inflammation in his right elbow.

Game Notes

The Giants lost for the 13th time in 18 games and fell 3 1/2 contests back of Arizona for first place in the National League West. They also trail the wild card-leading Braves by six games...Atlanta has won seven straight regular- season games against San Francisco...Delgado pitched in place of Tommy Hanson, who landed on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis...The Giants also reinstated infielder Miguel Tejada from the 15-day DL and recalled pitcher Dan Runzler from Triple-A Fresno.