The Atlanta Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field on Saturday thanks to Christian Bethancourt’s first career home run. The opposite-field shot gave the Braves a 5–4 walk-off win and snapped a three-game losing skid.
Bethancourt led off the bottom of the ninth and lined the first pitch from Pirates righthander Vance Worley, an 84 MPH slider, just over the wall inside the rightfield foul pole.
“That’s a moment I’ll never forget,” he told reporters. “My first homer is a walk-off homer.”
Bethancourt, a 23-year-old rookie, also had two singles, one of which brought in a run in the fourth.
The win improved the Braves to 27–28, 2.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East. The Pirates fell to 30–25.
- Mike Fiammetta