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Bethancourt's HR gives Braves walk-off win over Pirates

Jun 7, 2015 - 4:22 AM Atlanta, GA ( - Christian Bethancourt's opposite-field home run on the first pitch of the home ninth inning gave the Atlanta Braves a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

Bethancourt, who had three of Atlanta's nine hits, got a slider from Vance Worley (2-4) and didn't miss it, lifting it down the right-field line and into the stands. It was his first career home run.

"I thought I made a good pitch to him, but somehow he got enough of it," said Worley.

The home run made a winner of Jason Grilli (1-2), who needed just six pitches to get through the top of the ninth inning.

Julio Teheran, who was 3-0 in four starts at Turner Field this season, gave up four runs in 7 1/3 innings for Atlanta. His counterpart Jeff Locke was also charged with four runs over 6 1/3 innings.

"I feel like I did my job," said Teheran.

Atlanta got on the board first on Chris Johnson's solo homer to center in the second inning. Freddie Freeman added to the lead with a sacrifice fly in the third.

Andrew McCutchen tied the game with one swing of the bat, following Gregory Polanco's bunt single with a two-run homer to center.

Bethancourt restored Atlanta's lead with a base knock to left in the fourth inning. His single in the seventh led to Cameron Maybin's RBI single that made it 4-2.

Again, Pittsburgh answered. Francisco Cervelli and Jordy Mercer singled with one out, and pinch-hitter Jung-ho Kang advanced both runners with a grounder to second. Polanco stepped in and delivered with a two-run single to center.

Game Notes

Both Johnson and Bethancourt hit their first homers of the season ... Pittsburgh was 12-2 in their previous 14 games entering Saturday's game ... Polanco had three of Pittsburgh's six hits.