ATLANTA -- Jo-Jo Reyes, fighting a blister on his left index finger and an overall case of the blahs, felt miserable before managing to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the second inning.
The A's had at least one baserunner in every inning but left runners stranded at third base in the second, sixth, seventh and eighth. The A's were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, leaving them 4-for-40 in their last six games of a nine-game road trip.
"We should be embarrassed to go 2-7 on this road trip," Oakland's Mike Sweeney said. "We're a better team than that."
The Braves won two of three in their first interleague series of the season, as the A's couldn't take advantage of ample scoring chances.
"We just didn't get it done," said Bobby Crosby, whose first-inning homer gave Oakland a 1-0 lead. "We had lots of opportunities but couldn't capitalize. ... I expect we'll be fine. Right now we're struggling a little bit. Maybe we're pressing a little bit."
Reyes (2-1) gave up eight hits with two walks but only two runs in five innings.
He said the blister on his left index finger bothered him after the first inning, and he said that wasn't his only problem.
"I felt like everything was going in slow motion today," Reyes said. "I felt like I didn't have anything on my fastball. I didn't feel comfortable in the bullpen.
"I didn't want to come out. It got worse in that last inning, but I didn't want to pull myself out of the game. It was real sore today."
Reyes first had problems with the blister May 8, when he lasted only 2 2/3 innings of a win over San Diego. He then gave up five runs in a loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Justin Duchscherer (3-3) gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings for the A's.
Reyes was boosted by his second-inning escape from the bases-loaded jam. Reyes struck out Duchscherer and Rajai Davis and ended the inning on Crosby's grounder to Teixeira at first base.
"It was awesome," Reyes said.
"You can't let a team like the Atlanta Braves off the hook like that," Sweeney said. "We had opportunities to blow the game open. We didn't get it done. ... We don't deserve to win that game."
After Crosby's homer, the Braves pulled even in the bottom of the first. Brian McCann, who hit his first career homer off Duchscherer in 2005, drove in Escobar with a double to right.
The Braves led only 3-2 before adding two runs in the eighth off Alan Embree. Jones led off with a single and moved to third on Mark Teixeira's double to left. With two outs, Infante's pinch-hit triple to right drove in Jones and Teixeira.
"We had as many hits (11) as they did," said A's manager Bob Geren. "We just couldn't get the big two-out hit. (Infante) got the big two-out hit."
Petit had two hits and a walk in his major league debut. He had a fourth-inning single for his first hit. One out later, he was picked off first base by McCann.
Petit, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, added a sixth-inning double off Jeff Bennett.
- The Braves are 7-0 in home day games.
- Frank Thomas, a native of Columbus, Ga., made a rare appearance in his home state, striking out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth.
- Petit started for Mark Ellis (hamstring strain), who ran and took indoor batting practice but missed his sixth straight game. Geren said Ellis is "very close" to being able to play.