Evan Gattis didn't waste much time making playing time count upon his return to Atlanta tonight.
After getting sent down to AAA Gwinnett for the weekend, Gattis re-entered the lineup, went 3-for-3, and bashed his 16th home run to knot the game at 1, and Andrelton Simmons hit his 13th homer, a two-run job, later in the seventh to give the Braves a 3-1 victory.
Kris Medlen even his record at 12-12 with seven strong innings, striking out nine and walking none. Scott Downs and Luis Ayala combined for a scoreless eighth inning, and Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his 44th save (and 34th converted save chance in a row).
B. J. Upton went 2-for-4, continuing his hot hitting as of late (10-25, .400) over the past week-plus.
With the win, the Braves' magic number dropped to 10 pending the results of tonight's Nationals game. The win was also the Braves' 29th in their last 38 games, as the club improved to 7-1 on their current homestand and 51-19 at home for the year.
The Braves' homestand concludes tomorrow with a 12:10 PM game against the Mets, as Kameron Loe (1-2) takes the hill for the Braves against the Met's Dillon Gee (10-9). The Braves will then begin a seven-game road trip to Philadelphia and Miami.
At this time, by the time they return, they may have the division clinched.