Davis, Francoeur lead Royals past Braves 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm •  Published: April 17, 2013
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ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Uggla flipped his bat to the ground. Then his helmet. Then both batting gloves.

The game was over. So was Atlanta's winning streak.

It was that kind of day for the Braves.

Wade Davis pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Jeff Francoeur had a fourth-inning RBI single and the Kansas City Royals stopped Atlanta's 10-game spurt with a 1-0 victory Wednesday.

"We feel like we can win every one of them," said Uggla, who was called out on strikes for the final out. "We'll just have to come back tomorrow and start another streak."

The Braves were seeking their first 13-1 start since 1994, but the powerful Atlanta offense finally was stifled, a day after homering five times against the Royals.

Davis (2-0) didn't walk anyone and struck out seven, and the Braves couldn't get a runner past first base until Jason Heyward's two-out double in the sixth. Their only serious scoring chance came in the seventh, when Juan Francisco was thrown out easily trying to score from first on a pop down the right-field line.

"My goal was to get ahead," Davis said. "They have a pretty good offense. I had to mix it up a lot and minimize mistakes."

The Braves were frustrated all day by home-plate umpire Doug Eddings, who called them out on seven of their 11 strikeouts. In the seventh, Uggla walked all the way around the catcher to talk with Eddings face to face. Manager Fredi Gonzalez came a few steps out of the dugout, ready to run out in things got heated, but Uggla simply walked away after making his feelings known to Eddings.

"I've known Doug ever since I've been in the league," Uggla said. "He's a good umpire. But you don't always agree with the calls."

The Braves had the heart of the order up in the ninth, but Greg Holland — who came in with an ERA of 12.00 — struck out the side for his third save in four chances. Justin Upton went down swinging, Evan Gattis was called out on a breaking ball that appeared a little high, and Uggla ended the game by taking another borderline pitch high in the strike zone.

Uggla stood at the plate in disbelief as Eddings headed off toward the tunnel.

Afterward, the Braves focused more on Davis' dominant performance than any disagreements with the ump.

"Davis threw a great game," Uggla said. "He kept us off balance and made the pitches when he needed to make them."

Mike Minor (2-1) had another strong outing for the Braves, allowing just five hits and the lone run in six innings. The left-hander's ERA over three starts is 0.95.

"I felt like I was just as sharp as my last two games," Minor said.

Neither team had pushed a runner as far as second base until the fourth, when the Royals caught a couple of breaks before Francoeur's two-out hit.

Alcides Escobar led off with a single to right, breaking an 0-for-15 slump, but it appeared he wouldn't be on base for long when he got stranded between first and second after a pitch. Rookie catcher Gattis tried to run at Escobar but held the ball for too long, allowing the runner to slide back into first just ahead of the throw.