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Braves' home runs sink A's

  • Oakland Athletics' Nate Freiman (35) is congratulated by teammate Alberto Callaspo (7) after Frieman's two-run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, one of four by Atlanta, and the Braves beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 on Friday night in the opening game of the interleague series.

Justin Upton and Evan Gattis hit homers off Jason Hammel (1-5) in the second inning. Rookie Phil Gosselin hit a two-run homer, the first of his career, off Jesse Chavez in the sixth.

It was a rare power surge for the Braves, who had not scored more than four runs in any of their past six games.

The Braves entered the game having lost 12 of 15.

Alex Wood (9-9) allowed only two runs in six innings — a two-run homer by Nate Freiman in the fourth.

The A’s have lost three straight and five of six.

Wood allowed four hits in six innings. Relievers David Carpenter, Jordan Walden and James Russell combined for three hitless scoreless innings.

Atlanta is six games behind first-place Washington in the NL East.

Hammel allowed five runs and six hits, including three homers, in three innings. He was pulled after walking B.J. Upton to open the fourth.

Gosselin’s homer followed a two-out fielding error by Freiman, the first baseman, on Jason Heyward’s grounder.


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