Perez wins third straight decision for Pirates
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) --
a reason to smile. Another loss and an injury to
Perez pitched seven strong innings and
hit a two-run homer to lead the
to a 5-2 victory over the
in the rubber game of their weekend series.
The loss ended a 2-5 road trip for the Braves, who placed pitcher
on the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day and may have lost star third baseman Jones for an extended period.
Jones injured his left heel after hitting a grounder to second base in the eighth inning. He was unable to run to first base and had to be helped off the field.
"I don't think he'll play tomorrow (Monday)," said Braves manager Cox. "The minute he tried to move out of the box he went down. It's the ball of his left foot."
Perez (4-4) won his third straight decision after missing two starts with discomfort in his left arm. However, he had a 4.41 ERA in his previous three starts. This time, he only gave up a two-run homer to
and three other hits.
"Today, I just hit all my pitches," said Perez, who struck out seven and walked three. "I felt very good with my control."
"I felt all along that we could compete with these big-time clubs with our pitching," said Pirates manager McClendon. "Our pitching has kept us in these ballgames, and we played power defense."
After Langerhans' homer gave the Braves a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning,
tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning off
. Lawton also doubled and singled, giving him six hits and two walks in eight plate appearances before striking out in the eighth.
"I was actually just looking for something out over the plate," Lawton said of his home run. "He (Greisinger) was throwing me sinkers here and there. I saw the changeup coming and was able to get a hold of it."
doubled in the sixth off
(3-1) before Mackowiak hit his eighth home run of the season.
"He (Bernero) threw a fastball in and I was fortunate enough to hit it hard," said Mackowiak, who went 3-for-4.
pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in 18 opportunities.
Greisinger started for the Braves after having his contract purchased from Class AAA Richmond of the International League earlier in the day and yielded two runs and seven hits in five innings.
"I felt like I had my off-speed stuff working early on and really started to settle down," Greisinger said. "I felt like I kept my team in the game."
The Braves committed their first error in 12 games when reliever
threw away a sacrifice by
in the seventh inning. That led to a sacrifice fly by
Atlanta scored a total of four runs in the three-game series, but posted a 1-0 win on Saturday.
"It's tough," Langerhans said of Atlanta's offensive problems. "Everybody is playing hard and working hard. It's not a lack of effort because everyone is working their rear ends off. Maybe we'll go home and get this kick started."