Royals can't overcome 5 HRs by Braves in 6-3 loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm •  Published: April 16, 2013
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Atlanta's first five batters were a combined 0 for 14 with one walk and five strikeouts against Guthrie, who gave up five hits, two runs and one walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. Guthrie was trying to win his eighth straight decision dating to last August.

"I felt good, felt like we mixed it up," Guthrie said. "Francisco had a great game. He took two really good swings and kind of got their team back into the game."

Chris Getz tied it at 1 in the third off Braves starter Kris Medlen. Getz, Kansas City's No. 8 hitter, homered for the first time in nearly four years.

"Tough for us," Getz said. "We were right there. It's one of those things that happens. It's too bad we lost. Too bad (the homer drought) took so long. I saw it on the board as I was hitting, so it definitely added to the satisfaction."

Medlen, who was trying to improve to 17-3 in his career as a starter, allowed six hits and two runs — one earned — with no walks and five strikeouts in seven innings.

"If I had to pick somebody before the game who was going to take me deep — no offense, I wouldn't have picked him — but he's a big-league hitter," Medlen said of Getz. "He hit a pretty good pitch, I thought. Other than that, I felt like it was a pretty solid outing and when I leave the ball over the plate, I felt it was down, and that's when I got some groundballs with those two-seamers."

Notes: The Braves held a moment of silence before the game for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday. ... Players, managers and coaches for both teams wore No. 42 on their jerseys to honor Jackie Robinson. ... Atlanta committed three errors. ... Getz last homered on July 19, 2009, when he played for the Chicago White Sox. He went deep off Guthrie, who was pitching for Baltimore. ... The Braves have outhomered opponents 25-7 and outscored opponents 68-25 for the best run differential in the majors. ... Francoeur, a former Braves RF, played his first game at Turner Field with Kansas City. He had an outfield assist and went 2 for 4 with an RBI. ... Braves 1B Freddie Freeman said before the game that his right oblique is healing and that he expects to come off the DL as scheduled on April 22 at Colorado. ... Braves SS Paul Janish began a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Gwinnett.