Oakland (24-37) at Atlanta (32-29)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Jun 12, 2005
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The road hasn’t been kind to Barry Zito.

The left-hander takes another shot at his first road win of the season when the Oakland Athletics close out a three-game interleague series with the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

After suffering a tough 2-1 loss at Washington on Tuesday, Zito dropped to 0-5 on the road with a 5.25 ERA.

The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner was once again plagued by poor run support. The A’s have scored just one run in three of his last four starts.

“He’s pitched a lot better than his record indicates; 2-7 is not the way Barry has pitched,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said.

After taking the series opener 4-3 on Friday, the last-place A’s were shut down by John Smoltz on Saturday, dropping a 5-3 decision.

Oakland, which snapped an 11-game road losing streak with Friday’s win, fell to 9-24 away from home this season.

Smoltz pitched his first complete game in six years and Andruw Jones hit a pair of two-run homers for the Braves, who won for just the second time in six games.

Jones recorded his 23rd career multihomer game and his second of the season. He also hit two homers May 14 at Los Angeles.

Smoltz gave up five hits in his 48th career complete game and first since April 30, 1999, against Cincinnati. He struck out four, walked three and threw 106 pitches.

A’s starter Kirk Saarloos held the Braves without a hit through three innings before the Braves took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. With two out, Adam LaRoche singled to right for his first of three hits and Jones followed with his homer to left.

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B. Zito Oak vs. H. Ramirez ChC
14-13 Record 11-9
3.86 ERA 4.63
171 K 80
89 BB 67
1.20 WHIP 1.39