It had been more than 13 months since Brandon Beachy pitched in the major leagues. And much longer since the Braves right-hander had given up seven runs in a game. As in never in his big-league career.
While Beachy’s first game back since Tommy John elbow surgery was hardly a rousing success Monday night his teammates picked him up twice erasing Colorado leads — including an early five-run deficit — and taking leads of their own.
It still was wasn’t enough until the 10th inning when Andrelton Simmons hit a walk-off triple to give the Braves a stirring 9-8 win for a four-game winning streak before a delighted crowd at Turner Field.
“It was pretty sweet” said Braves rookie Joey Terdoslavich who had a couple of key hits. “Dan (Uggla) had an awesome at-bat and Simmons came up with a huge hit there at the end. He’s clutch. He’s the man.”
Uggla drew a nine-pitch leadoff walk in the 10th against hard-throwing Edgmer Escalona then hustled to score the winning run from first base when Simmons followed with a drive to the left-center gap his third hit and second RBI of the night.
“He likes that stage” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Simmons who has earned a reptuation for coming through in pressure situations. “He just doesn’t panic and I think he’s going to be one of those guys that the more he matures and grows the better he’s going to be in those situations. Not only the offensive stuff but how about the double-play ball in the eighth inning?”
Chris Johnson and Uggla drove in two runs apiece and the Braves moved to 4-0 on a seven-game homestand improving their majors-best home record to 35-15 and pushing their NL East lead to nine games over the Nationals.