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Braves lose 8th straight, Mariners win 7-3

By JOSH LIEBESKIND
Associated Press
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SEATTLE (AP) Without wavering, Chris Young will say it each time he is asked: Individual wins are not important to him. It's about the team's success, the veteran right-hander says, going to painstaking lengths to get his point across.

Young reached his first double-digit win total in a season since 2006 on Wednesday, but it truly was a team effort this time around as the Seattle Mariners sent the Atlanta Braves to a season-high eighth straight loss with a 7-3 victory.

It is the first time since May 2012 that the Braves, who were swept at Dodger Stadium and San Diego before losing two straight at Safeco Field, have lost eight in a row.

''You can't get caught up in wins and losses as a starting pitcher. One day the media will stop evaluating us on that,'' Young said with a laugh.

Young (10-6), who allowed all three runs in the third, was immediately picked up by his teammates, as the Mariners responded with a four-run third.

Dustin Ackley led off with a home run and Logan Morrison added a three-run shot off Julio Teheran (10-8) for a 5-3 lead.

Teheran was wildly inconsistent in six innings, yielding six runs in three frames, while allowing just one baserunner in the other three innings.

Even after allowing Ackley's homer, Teheran appeared to have settled down with two quick outs and a 3-2 advantage. Kyle Seager and Chris Taylor hit back-to-back singles, though, and Morrison deposited a fastball into the right-field seats.

After Young protected the 5-3 lead through the fifth, the bullpen took over. After a quick hit, four Seattle relievers combined to throw four innings of scoreless relief, allowing three hits.

''It's nice to have an eight-man bullpen with so many quality arms down there, so many choices,'' Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Seager drove in Seattle's first run with a single in the first, and Taylor and Kendrys Morales later added RBI singles.

The Braves scored all three runs in the third, with Freddie Freeman driving in two with a bases-loaded double, but Tommy La Stella was thrown out trying to score from first on the play.

''It's just not matching up right now,'' Braves outfielder Jason Heyward said. ''It's not clicking on all cylinders at the same time for us.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: SS Andrelton Simmons, who sprained his left ankle during Tuesday's game, was wearing an air cast and using crutches on Wednesday morning. He still hopes to avoid time on the disabled list.

Mariners: OF Michael Saunders, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique, will join Triple-A Tacomaon Thursday to begin a rehab assignment. McClendon said Saunders will DH before moving to the outfield. ... INF Willie Bloomquist did not get a positive report after being checked out by a doctor on Wednesday and will get a second opinion on his bruised right knee.

UP NEXT

Braves: Atlanta returns home to start a 10-game homestand against the Nationals on Friday. Ervin Santana (10-6) lost his only career start against Washington.

Mariners: Rookie Roenis Elias (8-9) will make his second career start against the White Sox on Thursday. Elias allowed five runs in five innings in Chicago on July 4.

ACK-ATTACK

Ackley continues his torrid pace at the plate and is hitting .346 (37-107) since July 1 after collecting two hits, including the home run.

HOME VS. AWAY

Teheran did nothing to help boost his road stats. The right-hander entered the game 6-6 with a 3.91 ERA away from Turner Field. At home, Teheran is 4-1 with a 1.48 ERA, which is tied for the major league lead in that category.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

F. Freeman
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Seattle

D. Ackley
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Emilio Bonifacio, LF5110000.277.319.367
Tommy La Stella, 2B4001100.284.362.351
Freddie Freeman, 1B4032010.283.370.472
Justin Upton, DH4000043.281.350.496
Jason Heyward, RF4020000.271.357.395
Chris Johnson, 3B4000022.276.300.386
Evan Gattis, C4120012.279.337.522
B.J. Upton, CF3010122.212.281.327
Ramiro Pena, SS4110004.207.279.315
Julio Teheran, P0000000.102.120.122
   James Russell, P0000000.000.000.000
   Anthony Varvaro, P0000000.000.000.000
   Juan Jaime, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals363103210    
Batting
2B - Freddie Freeman (30, C. Young), B.J. Upton (17, C. Young)
RBI - Tommy La Stella (25), Freddie Freeman 2 (62)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - La Stella-Pena-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Julio Teheran (L,10-8) 6966252 2.92
James Russell 0.2211010 3.44
Anthony Varvaro 0.1000100 2.89
Juan Jaime 1100020 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Julio Teheran 101-68, James Russell 17-12, Anthony Varvaro 8-4, Juan Jaime 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julio Teheran 4-8, Anthony Varvaro 1-0, Juan Jaime 1-0
Batters Faced - Julio Teheran 28, James Russell 4, Anthony Varvaro 2, Juan Jaime 4
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Austin Jackson, CF5010011.269.329.388
Dustin Ackley, LF5221011.254.299.389
Robinson Cano, 2B3220100.332.395.463
Kendrys Morales, DH3011112.221.255.303
Kyle Seager, 3B4131001.278.346.475
Chris Taylor, SS2111112.367.394.500
Logan Morrison, 1B4113013.214.270.348
Endy Chavez, RF4010010.256.282.333
Jesus Sucre, C4000021.136.136.136
Chris Young, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000.000.000.000
   Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dominic Leone, P0000000.000.000.000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000.000.000.000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals34712738    
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano 2 (27, Teheran)
HR - Dustin Ackley (7, Teheran), Logan Morrison (6, Teheran)
SF - Chris Taylor (1)
RBI - Dustin Ackley (38), Kendrys Morales (24), Kyle Seager (68), Chris Taylor (3), Logan Morrison 3 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Kyle Seager (25), Logan Morrison 3 (9)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Austin Jackson 1
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young (W,10-6) 5733160 3.27
Joe Beimel 0100000 1.34
Tom Wilhelmsen (H,5) 1000120 2.21
Dominic Leone (H,7) 1100010 2.14
Charlie Furbush 0.2100000 3.94
Yoervis Medina 1.1000010 2.31
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 92-60, Joe Beimel 4-3, Tom Wilhelmsen 15-8, Dominic Leone 14-9, Charlie Furbush 9-7, Yoervis Medina 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-5, Tom Wilhelmsen 1-0, Dominic Leone 1-1, Charlie Furbush 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 22, Joe Beimel 1, Tom Wilhelmsen 4, Dominic Leone 4, Charlie Furbush 3, Yoervis Medina 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30770
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Pat Hoberg