Braves Knock Off Oakland

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sunday May 18, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) -- Yunel Escobar had three hits, including a two-run
single that gave Atlanta the lead, Omar Infante added a two-run
triple in the eighth and the Braves beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2
today.

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.

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 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position in
their last five games before adding to their scoring woes in
today's loss.

Atlanta reliever Blaine Boyer pitched out of a jam in the eighth
after Rob Bowen hit a one-out triple past the reach of a diving
Mark Teixeira at first base. Boyer struck out Gregorio Petit, who was 2-for-3 in his major league debut, and pinch-hitter Darie Barton.

Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes (2-1) gave up eight hits with two
walks but only two runs in five innings. Manny Acosta recorded the final two outs in a non-save situation after Will Ohman struck out Mike Sweeney to open the ninth. Justin Duchscherer (3-3) gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings for the A's.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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