Rangers score five in first, hold on to defeat Braves
ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- The
Chan Ho Park
off the hook early. The
did not return the favor against
Park settled down after a shaky start to pitch five effective innings and the Rangers scored five runs in the first inning against Davies en route to a 9-5 victory over the Braves.
Atlanta had Park (7-1) on the ropes in the top of the first, when
singled around a walk by
to load the bases with none out.
followed with a run-scoring groundout to make it 1-0.
Park then walked
before striking out
to end the threat.
"Sometimes it happens and you just have to keep on pitching," Park said. "After the first inning I felt much better. I just tried not to lose focus, and I felt more comfortable out there. I tried to keep the ball down and get ground balls. I can't complain."
The Braves had at least two runners in each of the next four innings, but could not break through against Park, who allowed one run and eight hits en route to his sixth straight win.
"I liked (Park) going five innings and only giving up one run," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He made pitches when he had to."
Davies (2-2) did not fare well with the lead, surrendering a leadoff single to Gary Matthews Jr. and consecutive walks to
delivered an RBI single before
hit a pair of two-run doubles to push Texas' advantage to 5-1.
Davies did not make it through the third, allowing six runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. After allowing a total of two runs in his first four major league starts, the 21-year-old Davies has been hammered for 10 runs in his last two outings.
"There were certainly some long innings out there," Showalter said. "Their guy came in cutting up the National League and he struggled out there."
Davies was one of seven rookies to start for the Braves, who fell to 3-6 since All-Star
was placed on the disabled list. Atlanta also has lost six consecutive series.
Atlanta made it interesting against Texas' bullpen, scoring three runs in the sixth against
and one in the seventh against
Wasdin allowed two straight singles to open the ninth and
issued a two-out walk before getting Orr to fly out for his 17th save in 20 chances.
Soriano had three hits, including a solo homer in the fourth, for Texas, which has won three of its last four after a season-high five-game losing streak.