Braves lose 8th straight, beaten by Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) — After the way the Atlanta Braves handled their eight-game trip to the West Coast, they have to believe the comforts of home will provide improvement.
At this point, almost anything is an improvement.
The Seattle Mariners handed Atlanta its eighth straight loss, beating the Braves 7-3 Wednesday.
Atlanta left Turner Field last week after a win over the Padres, aiming to stay close in the NL East race. Instead, the Braves went winless on their visits to Dodger Stadium, San Diego and Safeco Field.
"I don't think you can ever imagine going winless on a road trip, but we are not too far out of it and we have a chance to get back into it this weekend," first baseman Freddie Freeman said.
This was the first time since May 2012 that Atlanta had lost eight in a row and only the second time in club history that a Braves team had dropped each contest of a road trip that spanned at least eight games.
The Braves scored all three runs in the third, with Freeman driving in two with a bases-loaded double, but Tommy La Stella was thrown out trying to score from first on the play.
Atlanta had runners on base in five of the last six innings, but were unable to break through again off Seattle starter Chris Young (10-6) and five Mariners relievers.
"Well, you know we got 10 hits today," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Problem is, you don't want that number in that column, you want it in (the run) column."