Low-graphic news index |
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Page updated at 10:00 p.m.
Atlanta win streak snapped at 10 | Baseball Notebook
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA — Dan Uggla flipped his bat to the ground. Then his helmet. Then both batting gloves.
The game was over. So was Atlanta's winning streak.
It was that kind of day for the Braves.
Wade Davis pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Jeff Francoeur had a fourth-inning RBI single and the Kansas City Royals stopped Atlanta's 10-game spurt with a 1-0 victory Wednesday.
"We feel like we can win every one of them," said Uggla, who was called out on strikes for the final out. "We'll just have to come back tomorrow and start another streak."
The Braves were seeking their first 13-1 start since 1994.
Davis (2-0) didn't walk anyone and struck out seven. The Braves' only serious scoring chance came in the seventh, when Juan Francisco was thrown out easily trying to score from first on a pop down the right-field line.
"My goal was to get ahead," Davis said. "They have a pretty good offense. I had to mix it up a lot and minimize mistakes."
The Braves were frustrated all day by plate umpire Doug Eddings, who called them out on seven of their 11 strikeouts. In the seventh, Uggla walked all the way around the catcher to talk with Eddings face to face. Manager Fredi Gonzalez came a few steps out of the dugout, ready to run out in things got heated, but Uggla simply walked away after making his feelings known to Eddings.
"I've known Doug ever since I've been in the league," Uggla said. "He's a good umpire. But you don't always agree with the calls."
The Braves had the heart of the order up in the ninth, but Greg Holland — who came in with an earned-run average of 12.00 — struck out the side.
Uggla ended the game by taking another borderline pitch high in the strike zone. He stood at the plate in disbelief as Eddings headed off toward the tunnel.
Afterward, the Braves focused more on Davis' dominant performance than any disagreements with the ump.
"Davis threw a great game," Uggla said.
• The Red Sox again hung a gray "617 Boston Strong" jersey in their dugout in Cleveland, as they did for Tuesday's series opener one day after the deadly marathon bombings back home. The jersey has become a symbol of unity for the club, which returns to Fenway Park on Friday to open a 10-game homestand.
• Reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who pitched for Milwaukee last season, signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers. The 31-year-old Rodriguez set baseball's season saves record with 62 in 2008 for the Angels.
• More snow in Denver forced postponement of the game between the Mets and Rockies. The teams played two games Tuesday only after 8 inches of snow were cleared from Coors Field.
Copyright © The Seattle Times Company
Low-graphic news index
Graphic-enabled home page