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Buck's 2-run HR powers Seattle past Atlanta

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA -- John Buck had three hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning that gave Seattle the lead, and the Mariners rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.<br /> <br /> The Braves led 4-0 in the first inning and 5-2 in the second before falling to the Mariners' comeback. Buck's homer, his first of the season, came off Alex Wood (5-6), Atlanta's third pitcher. The shot to right field drove in Dustin Ackley, who had a two-out single.<br /> <br /> The Turner Field air, normally thick with humidity, was unusually dry and that helped the teams combine for four homers in the interleague matchup.<br /> <br /> Seattle pinch-hitter Stefen Romero hit a three-run homer in the fourth that tied the game 5-all. Evan Gattis and B.J. Upton hit homers for the Braves.<br /> <br /> Dominic Leone (2-0) had four strikeouts in two perfect innings.<br /> <br /> Fernando Rodney had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.<br /> <br /> Buck had three hits and scored three runs in only his 14th start this season.<br /> <br /> The catcher played for the Mets and Pirates in 2013 following two seasons with the Marlins and has ample experience in Atlanta - but little of it was positive. He began the night with a .150 career batting average at Turner Field with only two homers in 60 at-bats.<br /> <br /> Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before the game for his seventh start with Seattle, gave up five runs on eight hits, including two homers, in only three innings.<br /> <br /> The Braves led 4-0 before Ramirez recorded his second out. Freddie Freeman's single drove in Jason Heyward, who led off with a double. Gattis followed with a three-run homer, his 12th.<br /> <br /> Upton's second-inning homer to center field gave Atlanta a 5-2 lead.<br /> <br /> Gavin Floyd, still looking for his first win in his sixth start with Atlanta, couldn't hold the lead. A two-base throwing error by third baseman Chris Johnson set up run-scoring singles by Brad Miller and James Jones in the second. Romero's three-run homer tied the game in the fourth.<br /> <br /> Floyd left the game after giving up singles to Buck and Miller in the sixth. With one out, Luis Avilan walked pinch-hitter Cole Gillespie to load the bases. Avilan pitched out of trouble by striking out Michael Saunders and ended the inning on Robinson Cano's grounder to second base.<br /> <br /> Floyd gave up 10 hits and five runs, three earned, in five-plus innings.<br /> <br /> NOTES: Cano had three hits. ... The Braves are 0-5 in interleague games. ... Seattle IF Nick Franklin was optioned to Tacoma. ... Braves RHP Jordan Walden, a key setup man on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, threw in the bullpen before batting practice. Walden's next step will be a minor league rehab assignment. ... Rookie 2B Tommy La Stella's strikeout in the third inning was his first in his 17th at-bat. ... Braves LHP Mike Minor will face Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma as the two-game series ends on Wednesday.
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