Ryan Braun (side) exits early

Ryan Braun left the Milwaukee Brewers' game against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning Thursday night with tightness in his right side.

The Brewers slugger grounded out in his first two at-bats. He was replaced in the fifth by pinch hitter Elian Herrera, who stayed in the game in right field.

The Brewers lost 5-4 after the Braves staged a late comeback starting in the bottom of the sixth.

Braun returned last week from a stint on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. He is hitting .289 overall with seven homers and 19 RBIs.

The Brewers also were without center fielder Carlos Gomez on Thursday. He is day to day with ongoing lower-back issues.

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