Braves lose 8th straight, beaten by Mariners

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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."

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