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Fredi loses challenge on close play at first

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had nothing to lose when he challenged whether Justin Upton was out on a groundout to Mariners shortstop Brad Miller in the bottom of the ninth in Wednesday afternoon's 2-0 loss at Turner Field.

First-base umpire Will Little's call was confirmed after a review of 40 seconds, clocking in as the second-shortest review on a Braves challenge. Atlanta had a call successfully overturned after a 37-second review against the Cardinals on May 5.

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Upton hustled down the line, but Miller's throw thwacked into first baseman Willie Bloomquist's glove a full step before the Atlanta outfielder reached the bag. But in the midst of their 16th straight scoreless inning, the Braves lost nothing with the challenge.

Atlanta has now lost three straight challenges after winning eight of its first nine.

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for

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