The Juice: Home runs power Atlanta Braves to 10th straight victory

David Brown
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Nokahomas: The Atlanta Braves hit five home runs, including three in a decisive eighth-inning rally, and beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Tuesday for their 10th straight victory. It's Atlanta's longest winning streak since 2000 when they won 15 straight, and Braves improved to 12-1 overall, their best start to a season since they went 13-1 in 1994. Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla each homered in the eighth against Kelvin Herrera, and Juan Francisco went deep twice earlier. From the Associated Press:

The Braves have outhomered opponents 25-7 and outscored opponents 68-25 for the best run differential in the majors.

''You know the power is there,'' Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez. ''That doesn't surprise you. It's nice to have that type of arsenal in your club because it's a game-changer. One swing of the bat and you can put some runs on the board, so that's always nice.''

Jeff Francoeur, a former Braves slugger, had two hits and drove in a run for the Royals in his return to Turner Field. Kansas City fell to 7-6.

Devil Rays return: Matt Wieters homered and Jake Arrieta did just enough to help the Baltimore Orioles win 5-4 and send the Tampa Bay Rays to their seventh loss in eight games. Their 4-9 overall record matches the worst start in club history, done in 2001 and 2005. Manager Joe Maddon says the record will improve:

''As long as players don't quit on themselves then we're in good shape, and we're not going to do that because I'm not going to do that,'' Maddon said. ''I like the battle. I like the fight. The work has been great. It's going to flip.''

Greinke's replacement might need replacing: Left-hander Chris Capuano made his first start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in place of injured $147-$158 million man Zack Greinke, and it went about as poorly as possible in a 9-2 loss to the Padres. He allowed five runs and five hits over two innings and injured his right ankle stepping on the first-base bag after taking a toss from Adrian Gonzalez. Alexi Amarista had three hits and drove in four runs for San Diego, which sees Clayton Kershaw in the series finale.


Rockies 8, Mets 4; Rockies 9, Mets 8 (10 inn.): No lead is safe in Coors Field. Until the last one, anyway. The Rox rallied from a six-run deficit in the second game to complete a sweep in frigid Denver temperatures. And the Rockies went to the trouble of clearing all of that snow, too. They earned it. Right, Jordan Pacheco?

Cardinals at Pirates, ppd. (rain): And the Pirates were leading 4-2 in the second inning when the rains came, too. Typical.

Marlins 8, Nationals 2: Really? Oh, it was a Dan Haren start.

Phillies 0, Reds 0, susp. in 9th: Someone will try harder to score when the game resumes Wednesday night.

Brewers 10, Giants 8: Bad Barry Zito makes his untriumphant return for San Francisco.

Red Sox 7, Indians 2: Here's to the 617.

White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3: The difference was Paul Konerko, the slowest non-Molina in the majors, scoring on a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Gritty.

Twins 8, Angels 6: Four hits from Joe Mauer.

Athletics 4, Astros 3: The A's are 11-4.

Tigers 6, Mariners 2: You just got Fister'd. And Cabrera'd.

Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 2: Robinson Cano, named for Jackie Robinson, hit a three-run home run on Jackie Robinson Day (Part 2). And Mariano Rivera, the only major leaguer left who still wears No. 42 daily, got the save. And Brian Cashman dressed up as Branch Rickey. No, he didn't.

Rangers 4, Cubs 2: Did you know Derek Holland named his dog after Wrigley Field? Well, you do now!

''It's amazing to get the chance to wear 42."
— Robinson Cano

• The White Sox came in having lost 19 of 22 in Toronto.

• A's closer Grant Balfour has converted 20 straight save opportunities dating to the 2012 season.

• Detroit's Austin Jackson has scored at least one run in 11 of 13 games.

[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post said Francoeur homered. Not true. It was that Chris Getz.]

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