Brooks Conrad's bunt lifts Braves past Twins 3-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Brooks Conrad filled in neatly for Chipper Jones, making two nice plays at third base and then driving in the go-ahead run with a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning Saturday night that lifted the Atlanta Braves over Minnesota 3-2.

Conrad also hit an RBI double.

He was put into the Braves' lineup about a half-hour before the game - no reason was given for Jones' absence, though the slumping star missed five games last week with inflammation in his right ring finger.

Matt Guerrier (1-2) walked Gregor Blanco with one out in the Atlanta ninth and gave up a single to Martin Prado. Jose Mijares entered the game, and Conrad dropped down a perfect bunt that the Twins reliever picked up and bobbled but had no play.

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