Francoeur stays hot with four RBI as Braves down Pirates
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Despite an early deficit,
did not need a one-run victory to continue an unbeaten homestand.
Francoeur drove in four runs and Davies settled down after surrendering three runs in the first inning as the Braves won their fifth straight game with a 9-6 victory against the slumping
Atlanta had won the first four games of this seven-game homestand by one run.
Davies (5-3) surrendered a three-run homer to
in the first inning after issuing two walks, but the righthander allowed just a fifth-inning single thereafter before departing after six innings.
Davies, who was recalled from Class AAA Richmond of the International League prior to the game, walked three and struck out a career-high eight in his 12th major league start.
"I'm trying to make a good second first impression," Davies said. "I was a little amped up. I was trying to throw it through the stadium."
While the 21-year-old Davies limited the damage after the first inning, fellow rookie Francoeur started chipping away at Pittsburgh's lead.
The 21-year-old Francoeur blasted a two-run homer - his sixth in just 15 games this season - in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 3-2, and added a two-run double that started a seven-run sixth inning against starter
"I was able to get a couple of pitches I liked and I got out in front of," Francoeur said. "It's good for us to put nine runs on the board. We've been giving our starting pitchers two to three runs lately."
followed with run-scoring doubles to increase the lead to 6-3 and end the night for Redman (5-11), who allowed seven runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings to fall to 1-7 in his last eight starts. The lefthander has not won on the road since April 12 at Milwaukee.
"I wasn't as concerned about my losing streak on the road as I was my stiff neck," Redman said. "I was battling all night long."
The Braves capped their biggest inning since scoring eight on August 22 against the
Los Angeles Dodgers
with a sacrifice fly by
, an RBI triple by
and another sacrifice fly by
Pittsburgh rallied for three runs in the eighth off relievers
worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 17 chances. Boyer struck out the side in the seventh but left after two batters in the eighth with a lower back sprain.
Reitsma has a win or save in eight consecutive appearances.
continued his outstanding play with two hits and some fine play in center field for the Pirates, who have lost four straight and 30 of 44. Duffy has nine hits in his last 15 at-bats and is 19-for-47 in his last 11 starts.
singled to right-center field in the second inning to become the 80th player in major league history to record 2,500 hits. It was the 3,876th hit of Franco's professional career, which includes stops in the minor leagues, Japan, Korea and Mexico.
"It's a great accomplishment," said the 47-year old Franco, who told reporters after the game that he hoped to play until he was 50. "I lost a lot of years. If I didn't lose all those years, I'm sure I would have been very close to 3,000 (major league hits) or past it."
Pittsburgh fell to 4-12 in its last 16 games at Turner Field.