Francoeur, Davis lead Royals past Braves 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm •  Published: April 17, 2013
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ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Francoeur always enjoys beating his first team.

This one was especially sweet.

Francoeur had an RBI single and Wade Davis made it stand up with five-hit ball over seven innings, leading the Kansas City Royals past the Braves 1-0 on Wednesday to stop Atlanta's 10-game winning streak.

Born and raised in the Atlanta area, Francoeur started his career with his hometown team before being traded in 2009. Now on his third team since his days with the Braves, he visited with dozens of family and friends during batting practice, then came through when it mattered in the fourth.

"It means a little bit more personally," Francoeur said. "You want to say you're focused all the time but there's definitely some extra motivation coming home here for me."

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. After taking strike three in the seventh, Dan 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, flipping his bat, his helmet and his batting gloves to the ground. Eddings simply walked 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.

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.



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