Franco, Ramirez help Braves solve Pettitte
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- It took seven tries, but the
finally got the better of
went 3-for-4 with a homer and
tossed seven scoreless innings as the Braves bested Pettitte for the first time in seven meetings with a 4-1 triumph over the
With a 4-0 mark in six previous regular-season starts against Atlanta, Pettitte (2-3) was effective in this one, allowing three runs and seven hits in seven innings. But after receiving 11 runs of support in a victory over Pittsburgh on Monday, the lefthander exited with a 3-0 deficit.
"I made some mistakes over the plate to
and Franco," said Pettitte, whose only other career loss to Atlanta came while with the
New York Yankees
in Game One of the 1996 World Series. "I have to pitch better. They are very aggressive. I didn't get the ball where I wanted it and I paid for it."
After Jones' two-out RBI double snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth, Franco belted a solo homer - his first blast since July 11 - with two outs in the sixth to double Atlanta's lead. It was the second hit of the game for the 46-year-old Franco, who singled in the fourth to pass
for 86th place on the all-time hits list with 2,467.
"(Pettitte) threw me an outside fastball," said Franco, the second-oldest player to homer at 46 years, 257 days. "He tried to go away and he left it up."
"He's a tough out," Pettitte said. "It's amazing to see what he can still do."
On June 27, 1930,
- who was eight days shy of his 47th birthday - homered for the Philadelphia A's.
Working on 11 days' rest, Ramirez (2-2) was superb, limiting the Astros to three singles and three walks. The lefthander, who had not pitched since April 25 against the
New York Mets
, also struck out two.
"I felt real good," said Ramirez, who improved to 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA in four career starts with nine or more days' rest. "I wasn't tired at all. ... I've (started on long rest) before, I had an idea of what to expect. The first two or three innings, I wasn't able to get my changeup over for strikes. But as the game went on, I was able to get that over."
Closer Danny Kolb worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, striking out rookie
to notch his ninth save.
delivered an RBI double for the Astros, who have lost 10 straight on the road and 11 of 14 overall.
"It's 10 losses, 10 stinking losses," Houston manager
said. "Streaks follow streaks, so when we get it turned around, it's going to be one dandy one coming our way."
The Astros, who allowed three runs to score on misjudged fly balls Friday, served another easy one to the Braves in this one. In the seventh inning, Houston shortstop
lost track of a popup by
in shallow left-center field, allowing Jones to score.
capped the scoring in the eighth with an RBI single.