Oakland (24-36) at Atlanta (31-29)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Atlanta, GA
Temp: 69° F
  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 11, 2005
  • TV: FOX
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The Oakland Athletics will try to post consecutive road wins for the first time in two months when they play the middle game of their interleague series with the Atlanta Braves.

Eric Chavez and Bobby Crosby each hit two-run home runs on Friday as the A’s snapped an 11-game road losing streak with a 6-4 win in the series opener.

Oakland won on the road for the first time since May 20 at San Francisco. The A’s last won two straight on the road on April 6 and 7, during their season-opening series in Baltimore.

“You do something once, it doesn’t mean anything,” Chavez said of the win. “You have to come back and do it again. It won’t mean anything if we don’t back it up (Saturday).”

Marcus Giles had two hits, including his fourth homer, in the loss for the Braves, who have dropped 10 of 14 and are two games above .500 for the first time since April 25.

A loss on Saturday would give the Braves five straight series defeats.

John Smoltz will try to prevent that when he takes the ball for Atlanta.

The veteran right-hander has had his own problems of late, going 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA over his last three starts. He has allowed 12 runs and 27 hits, with eight walks with 14 strikeouts, over his last 21 1-3 innings.

In his last start, a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, the 38-year-old right-hander allowed four runs and 13 hits over 8 1-3 innings.

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