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Atlanta Braves' bullpen battered in 7-0 loss to San Francisco Giants
Miller takes tough-luck loss despite strong outing
Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Brandon Cunniff, center, stands on the mound as manager Fredi Gonzalez, right, comes out to remove him during the eighth inning of the Braves' game against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday in San Francisco. At left is catcher A.J. Pierzynski. - photo by ERIC RISBERG
SAN FRANCISCO — Even as Andrelton Simmons led off the top of the eighth with a single, Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez kept wondering if he should let starting pitcher Shelby Miller hit. Down by a run, though, he had to play for the win and sent pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco to the plate. Gonzalez's move did not work out as the San Francisco Giants came up with a six-run eighth against two relievers and beat the Braves 7-0 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
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