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Upton's 2-run HR helps Braves top Lester, A's 4-3

By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
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ATLANTA (AP) Mike Minor needed a reason to believe he could work his way back to his 2013 form.

Beating Jon Lester could provide that confidence boost.

Minor pitched seven strong innings, Justin Upton and Chris Johnson homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the reeling Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Sunday night, ending Lester's seven-game winning streak.

''That's Mike Minor of old right there,'' Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman said.

The Braves swept the three-game series, leaving the A's with a five-game losing streak, their longest of the season. The A's have lost seven of eight overall and trail the Angels, who lost to Texas on Sunday, by percentage points in the AL West.

''This is really the first bad road trip we've had this year,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''This was not a good trip. So we've got to get home and we've got to regroup. It will be good to get home in front of our crowd. They're usually good for us.''

Minor (5-8), who entered with a 5.33 ERA, allowed two runs in a performance reminiscent of last season, when he was 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA.

''We're going to need him rolling to get us where we're going to go,'' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Oakland's Nate Freiman hit two homers, giving him three in the series, but Minor allowed only two other hits.

''I feel like I'm in a different mindset,'' Minor said after his second straight quality start.

Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his 37th save.

Lester (13-8) allowed four runs, three earned, and six hits in six-plus innings in his first loss since June 7 for the Red Sox at Detroit. He had been 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA in three starts since his July 31 trade to the A's.

Upton hit four homers in the 10-game homestand, including two against the A's. He has hit 16 of his 23 homers at Turner Field.

Freiman led off the second inning with a drive that landed several rows beyond the center-field wall.

The Braves tied it in the bottom half. After Upton singled, Johnson lined to third baseman Josh Donaldson, who threw to first base in an attempt for a double play. The throw hit Upton and rolled into the Atlanta dugout, and Upton was awarded third base. Evan Gattis followed with a run-scoring single to right field.

Phil Gosselin led off the Atlanta fourth with a single to right field. With one out, Upton drove a low, inside pitch from Lester about 10 rows deep into the left-field seats for a 3-1 lead.

''I thought it was a good pitch when I threw it,'' Lester said. ''I went back and looked at it and, good pitch. So sometimes you've got to tip your hat.''

0-FOR-EVER

Lester is still waiting for his first career hit. He was 0 for 34 in eight seasons with Boston and his drought continued in his first two at-bats with the A's. He struck out and hit a fly ball to left field.

GOING WITH GOSSELIN

Gosselin was 1 for 4 in his third straight start, including two straight at second base over another rookie, Tommy La Stella, who struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh. Gosselin hit his first homer in the series opener and had two hits in Saturday night's win.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: CF Craig Gentry, on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand, is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento.

Braves: Gonzalez said RHP Shae Simmons (strained right shoulder) will make a second rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday after throwing 10 pitches without a problem on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Athletics: After an off day on Monday, the A's take on another NL East team when they open a two-game series against the New York Mets on Tuesday night. Scott Kazmir (13-5), who already has matched his career high in wins, will start for Oakland.

Braves: After completing their 10-game homestand, the Braves open a series at Pittsburgh on Monday night as RHP Ervin Santana goes for his 13th win. Santana (12-6) leads the Braves in victories.

 
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Oakland

N. Freiman
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Atlanta

J. Upton
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Coco Crisp, CF3011000.254.352.385
Jonny Gomes, LF3000011.232.327.342
   a-Stephen Vogt, PH-RF1000000.322.352.503
Josh Donaldson, 3B3010111.252.340.466
Derek Norris, C4000014.281.373.449
Brandon Moss, RF-LF3000122.254.344.476
Nate Freiman, 1B3222001.234.280.574
   b-John Jaso, PH1000010.263.338.430
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4010010.234.302.300
Andy Parrino, SS3000011.167.250.278
Jon Lester, P2000010.000.000.000
   Dan Otero, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Sam Fuld, PH1110000.261.344.351
   Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3136329    
a-lined out for Gomes in the 8th
b-struck out for Freiman in the 9th
c-doubled for Otero in the 8th
Batting
2B - Coco Crisp (18, Minor), Sam Fuld (12, Varvaro)
HR - Nate Freiman 2 (4, Minor)
SF - Coco Crisp (6)
RBI - Coco Crisp (37), Nate Freiman 2 (11)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Callaspo-Parrino-Freiman
E - Josh Donaldson (20, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Lester (L,13-8) 6643152 2.58
Dan Otero 1000010 2.33
Eric O'Flaherty 1000010 1.38
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 96-65, Dan Otero 13-10, Eric O'Flaherty 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 5-7, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 24, Dan Otero 3, Eric O'Flaherty 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jason Heyward, RF4000010.264.349.379
Phil Gosselin, 2B4110000.310.310.414
Freddie Freeman, 1B3000121.292.380.489
Justin Upton, LF3222011.284.360.516
Chris Johnson, 3B3111010.276.300.386
Evan Gattis, C3021000.275.329.508
Andrelton Simmons, SS3000002.252.298.340
B.J. Upton, CF3000011.207.278.329
Mike Minor, P2000000.135.135.216
   a-Tommy La Stella, PH1000011.273.352.345
   Anthony Varvaro, P0000000.000.000.000
   James Russell, P0000000.000.000.000
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2946417    
a-struck out for Minor in the 7th
Batting
HR - Justin Upton (23, Lester), Chris Johnson (9, Lester)
RBI - Justin Upton 2 (75), Chris Johnson (52), Evan Gattis (47)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Simmons-Gosselin-Freeman, Simmons-Gosselin-Freeman-Simmons-Freeman
E - Phil Gosselin (2, Dropped fly), B.J. Upton (7, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Minor (W,5-8) 7422272 5.16
Anthony Varvaro (H,12) 0.2110000 2.87
James Russell (H,6) 0.1100000 3.69
Craig Kimbrel (S,37) 1000020 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 111-67, Anthony Varvaro 16-11, James Russell 6-3, Craig Kimbrel 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 6-7, James Russell 1-0, Craig Kimbrel 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 26, Anthony Varvaro 3, James Russell 2, Craig Kimbrel 3
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Attendance - 25461
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez