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Braves break out with 4 homers, beat A's 7-2

By The Associated Press
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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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> It was a rare power surge for the Braves, who had not scored more than four runs in any of their past six games.<br /> <br /> The Braves entered the game having lost 12 of 15.<br /> <br /> Alex Wood (9-9) allowed only two runs in six innings - a two-run homer by Nate Freiman in the fourth.<br /> <br /> The A's have lost three straight and five of six.<br /> <br /> Wood allowed four hits in six innings. Relievers David Carpenter, Jordan Walden and James Russell combined for three hitless scoreless innings.<br /> <br /> Atlanta is six games behind first-place Washington in the NL East.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Gosselin's homer followed a two-out fielding error by Freiman, the first baseman, on Jason Heyward's grounder.<br /> <br /> The Braves had their second four-homer game of the homestand and only their fourth game with four or more homers this season. They also hit four homers in a 7-6 win over Washington on Aug. 8.<br /> <br /> Before that, the Braves hadn't hit four homers in a game since May 25 against Colorado. Their high mark was five homers at Philadelphia on April 14.<br /> <br /> Freeman's homer, his 17th, drove in Heyward and Gosselin, who reached on singles. Justin Upton leads Atlanta with 22 homers.<br /> <br /> TRAINER'S ROOM<br /> <br /> Athletics: CF Craig Gentry, on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand, will take batting practice with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Braves: LF Justin Upton started after leaving Thursday night's game with a mild left hamstring strain. ... SS Andrelton Simmons was held out following a dental appointment. Gosselin made his first start at shortstop.<br /> <br /> UP NEXT<br /> <br /> Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray will try to snap a streak of losses in three straight starts in Saturday night's game. The three-game skid is the longest of his career.<br /> <br /> Braves: RHP Julio Teheran will try to improve his 2-3 career interleague record in his first appearance against Oakland. He is 1-2 with a 2.41 ERA in two starts against AL teams this season.
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