Atlanta (33-31) at Texas (34-29)

Fair Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 76° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 15, 2005
  • TV: ESPN, FSSW
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The Atlanta Braves hope rookie right-hander Kyle Davies can help them avoid losing their sixth straight series, when they face the Texas Rangers in the deciding game at Ameriquest Field.

Davis, after allowing just two runs during his first four starts combined, is coming off his worst game of the year.

He was tagged for four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings against the A’s on Friday in a 6-4 loss.

After posting back-to-back victories in his first two major league starts, Davies is winless in his last three outings, allowing 21 hits and nine walks in 18 2-3 innings over that span.

The Braves took the middle game of the series 7-2 on Tuesday night, as rookie Kelly Johnson hit his first major league homer and 46-year-old Julio Franco also connected in a five-run fifth.

“A lot of factors make this really sweet,” said Johnson, who lives in Austin and had a large group of supporters in the stands. “Obviously winning the game. It’s a day I can look back on and remember. To be in your home state and have a lot of family and friends in town was great. It’s a good day to build on.”

Texas right-hander Chan Ho Park will face Atlanta on Wednesday, and is hoping to extend his personal unbeaten streak to 10 games.

Park is 5-0 in his past nine starts despite posting a 5.40 ERA, as Texas has scored 78 runs in that span.

He has given up 19 hits, six walks and 11 runs over 9 2-3 innings in his past two starts. Andruw Jones is 4-for-18 against him and Brian Jordan is 4-for-21 with a homer against his former Texas teammate.

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Starting Pitchers

K. Davies NYY vs. C. Park Pit
7-6 Record 12-8
4.93 ERA 5.74
62 K 113
49 BB 80
1.68 WHIP 1.67