Atlanta (29-25) at Pittsburgh (25-28)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Pittsburgh, PA
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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 4, 2005
  • TV: SPSO, FSPI
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The Atlanta Braves are hoping rookie Kyle Davies can give them a much-needed boost as they resume a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Davies did not allow a run in 10 1-3 innings in his first two major league starts, beating the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, respectively. However, he suffered his first career loss Monday, giving up two earned runs and seven hits in a 3-2 defeat to the Washington Nationals.

The 21-year-old right-hander extended his scoreless streak to 14 innings before giving up an RBI double to Marlon Byrd.

“I was behind on a lot of hitters,” Davies said. “I found out it’s tough to pitch that way.”

The Braves could use another strong outing from Davies. They lost Friday’s series opener 3-1 for their sixth defeat in eight games and their 12th in the last 17 on the road.

“It’s just one of those things when things are going bad, you’ve got to overcome all kinds of things—whether it’s calls not going our way, or bloop hits or whatever,” said starter Tim Hudson, who was charged with the loss despite allowing three runs in seven strong innings.

Pete Orr drove in Atlanta’s only run in the ninth inning off closer Jose Mesa. The Braves have been outscored 42-31 over their last eight games.

Despite their skid, the Braves remain in a virtual tie for first place in the NL East, just one percentage point behind the Florida Marlins.

Jose Castillo singled in two runs and Daryle Ward added an RBI for the Pirates, who have won six of their last nine games.

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K. Davies NYY vs. M. Redman Col
7-6 Record 5-15
4.93 ERA 4.90
62 K 101
49 BB 56
1.68 WHIP 1.37