Oakland at Atlanta

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Oakland (23-20)020000000290
Atlanta (21-20) «00000201x391

Braves 3, Athletics 2

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ATLANTA -- Leave it to Chipper Jones to sum up the Atlanta Braves' season after another win at Turner Field: "We're not bad here. We stink on the road."

Mark Kotsay knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with a two-out RBI double, and the Braves edged the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Friday night for their eighth straight home victory.

The Braves, who lost five of seven on a road trip that ended Thursday in a 5-0 loss to Philadelphia, have the best home record in the majors at 15-4. They also have the worst record away from home at 6-16.

"There's no rhyme or reason why we win at home," said Jeff Francoeur, who drove in Atlanta's first run with a single. "It's unbelievable."

The loss was a season-high fourth in a row for the A's, who have dropped six of seven on their current nine-game road trip.

Kotsay's double to right-center scored Jones, who had singled off Alan Embree to open the eighth inning.

Embree (1-2) retired Mark Teixeira and Francoeur before giving up a single to Brian McCann, who went 3-for-4, that sent Jones to third and brought up Kotsay.

"There's no way to explain (winning at home)," said Atlanta manager Bobby Cox. "That ball that Kotsay hit -- on the road, it's right at somebody. Tonight he finds a gap."

Jones leads the majors in hitting with a .423 average. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and is hitting .459 at home (34-for-74).

"I don't know what the deal is," said Jones, who missed Thursday night's game with a strained groin. "We can't get any hits on the road. We can't score any runs. Can't make pitches. Just one thing after another. Here we seem to play fundamentally sound."

He said the groin felt much better, "but I can still feel it."

Manny Acosta (2-1) got the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

The Braves tied it at 2 in the sixth on RBI hits by Francoeur and McCann.

Omar Infante opened the inning with a single and Jones followed with another single before Teixeira hit into a double play. Francoeur followed with a single to score Infante and McCann doubled to the wall in right, scoring Francoeur off A's starter Dana Eveland.

Former Brave Joey Devine, who went to the A's in a winter deal for Kotsay, came on and struck out -- who else? -- pinch-hitter Kotsay to end the inning.

But Kotsay got another chance against his former teammates.

"Obviously, Alan is a power pitcher. I won this battle, but he's won a lot more," said Kotsay, who previously was 1-for-8 against Embree. He swung and missed the first 93 mph fast ball from the left-hander, but didn't on the next one.

"It was up and he put a swing on it," Embree said. "It's very frustrating."

Eveland allowed six hits, two runs, walked three and struck out four in 5 2/3 innings.

"I pitched much like I have been. I've been pretty consistent," he said. "Our team is solid. We have peaks and valley. We'll be out of it soon."

The A's, who scored only two runs in their three-game sweep at Cleveland, matched that total in the second inning with a pair of unearned runs and could have had more had it not been for poor baserunning.

Kurt Suzuki opened with a single off Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens, ending an 0-for-23 slump. Ryan Sweeney then doubled to the gap in right-center, but Suzuki was tagged out when he was nearly halfway home and attempted to retreat back to third.

Donnie Murphy then walked and Eveland bunted right to Jurrjens, whose throw home went wild for an error and allowed Sweeney to score. Murphy later scored on a bouncer to first, and Bobby Crosby followed with a single to right, but Eveland was thrown out at the plate by Francoeur with catcher McCann making a diving tag.

Jurrjens gave up eight hits, the two unearned runs, and walked three with three strikeouts in five innings.

Notes

  • Cosby went 3-for-4 and drew a walk.
  • Eveland, who was 0-for-8, got his first major league hit, a single in the fourth.
  • The A's had only one extra-base hit against Cleveland, a double by Crosby. They had two doubles Friday night, by Sweeney and Crosby.
  • The A's recalled infielder Gregorio Petit from Triple-A Sacramento prior to the game and placed RHP Santiago Casilla on the 15-day DL with soreness of his right elbow. Petit hit .304 in 37 games at Sacramento. Casilla was 2-0 with a save and 0.93 ERA in 21 appearances.
  • The Braves optioned LHP Chuck James to Triple-A Richmond prior to the game and recalled RHP Phil Stockman from Richmond. James was 2-3 with an 8.22 ERA. Stockton was 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings.
 
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The A's double up the Braves in the sixth, but do not deny Atlanta another home win.  (AP)
The A's double up the Braves in the sixth, but do not deny Atlanta another home win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Kotsay
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

J. Jurrjens
IP 5.0
H 8
ER 0
BB 3
K 3
 

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Oakland Athletics
Jack Hannahan, 3B5011022 .242
Bobby Crosby, SS4030101 .273
Jack Cust, LF3000214 .237
Emil Brown, RF4000016 .263
Daric Barton, 1B4010002 .224
Kurt Suzuki, C4010022 .243
Ryan Sweeney, CF4120002 .286
Donnie Murphy, 2B3100111 .196
Dana Eveland, P10101001.000
    Joey Devine, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Sweeney, PH1000001 .319
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
Totals3329157  
a-grounded into a double play for Devine in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bobby Crosby (14, Jurrjens), Ryan Sweeney (3, Jurrjens)
SH - Dana Eveland (1)
RBI - Jack Hannahan (11)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Suzuki-Crosby-Barton, Crosby-Murphy-Barton
Oakland Athletics
Dana Eveland 5.2622340 3.23
Joey Devine 1.1000120 0.51
Alan Embree (L,1-2) 1311010 3.72
Pitches-Strikes - Dana Eveland 97-59, Joey Devine 32-19, Alan Embree 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dana Eveland 8-3, Joey Devine 1-1, Alan Embree 1-1
Batters Faced - Dana Eveland 24, Joey Devine 5, Alan Embree 6
Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS4000002 .298
Omar Infante, 2B4110011 .286
Chipper Jones, 3B3120100 .423
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000003 .240
Jeff Francoeur, RF4111012 .274
Brian McCann, C4031011 .319
Matt Diaz, LF1010100 .268
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH-CF2011011 .304
Gregor Blanco, CF-LF3000124 .301
Jair Jurrjens, P1000010 .125
   b- Ruben Gotay, PH0000100 .200
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .000
   c- Tom Glavine, PH1000001 .154
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
Totals3139347  
a-struck out for Diaz in the 6th
b-walked for Jurrjens in the 5th
c-fouled out-bunting for J. Bennett in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brian McCann 2 (16, Eveland, Eveland), Mark Kotsay (8, Embree)
RBI - Jeff Francoeur (25), Brian McCann (25), Mark Kotsay (19)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Francoeur (14), Brian McCann (11), Mark Kotsay (9)
SB - Gregor Blanco (3, 2nd base off Devine/Suzuki)
CS - Matt Diaz (1, 2nd base by Eveland/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gregor Blanco 1, Jeff Francoeur 1
DP - Jones-Infante-Teixeira
E - Jair Jurrjens (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens 5820330 2.82
Will Ohman 1000220 2.55
Jeff Bennett 1000010 3.55
Manny Acosta (W,2-1) 2100010 3.60
IBB - Cust by Jair Jurrjens
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 100-57, Will Ohman 22-11, Jeff Bennett 12-7, Manny Acosta 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 5-6, Jeff Bennett 1-1, Manny Acosta 3-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 25, Will Ohman 5, Jeff Bennett 3, Manny Acosta 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31004
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Damien Beal, Third Base - Dale Scott