ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- Freddie Freeman
put Atlanta in front for good with a fifth-inning double Friday and the Braves held on to down Tampa Bay 5-3.
Atlanta's Martin Prado put together his sixth straight multi-hit game and scored three times. Over the course of those six games Prado has batted .583.
Freeman singled home Prado in the first inning and brought Prado home with a double in the fifth that broke a 2-2 tie. Prado added a solo homer in the seventh, his third of the year.
Tommy Hanson (5-3) worked seven innings to grab the win. He allowed two runs on six hits. Craig Kimbrel retired the side in order in the ninth for his 12th save.
James Shields (6-2) struck out eight over six innings but was touched for four runs on seven hits with three walks while taking the loss.
The Rays have dropped two in a row after winning four straight.
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