ATLANTA, GA (WHBL) - A ninth-inning rally gave the Atlanta Braves a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night at Turner Field. Andrelton Simmons broke a tie game with a single to right center with two-on and two-out. Justin Upton scored, as the Braves earned their 24th walk-off victory, second-best in the National League. Donovan Hand took the loss, falling to 0-5. Tyler Thornburg had his seventh consecutive strong start for the Crew. He struck out eight in a career-high seven innings. Thornburg gave up two runs on seven hits, as he ended his season with a stingy 2.03 E-R-A, a 3-1 record, and 48 strikeouts in 66-and-two-thirds innings. It was quite a turnaround for the 24-year-old Thornburg, after he started the year 0-9 at Triple-"A" Nashville and spent some time in the Milwaukee bullpen when he was called up. He went to high school in the Atlanta area, and about 50 friends and relatives saw him pitch last night. The Brewers scored their two runs on a homer from Jeff Bianchi and a single by Jonathan Lucroy. Braves' closer Craig Kimbrel got the win by tossing a scoreless ninth. Atlanta remains a half-game ahead of Saint Louis for the National League's best record and home-field advantage through the N-L title series. The Brewers and Braves will close out their three-game series tonight. Right-hander Kyle Lohse starts for the Crew against Braves' lefty Paul Maholm. Pregame coverage on WHBL starts at 5:35.
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