ATLANTA (AP) — Backed by three home runs and strong defense, Kyle Wright looked dominant while pitching eight innings for the first time in his career.
Against Oakland’s struggling hitters, a complete game may have been possible.
Guillermo Heredia gave Atlanta the lead with a home run to lead off the seventh, Ronald Acuña Jr. hit two homers and the streaking Braves beat the reeling Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Wright (6-3) recovered from a rocky first inning to allow two runs in the longest start of his career.
“It felt great,” Wright said, adding, “I really wanted it.”
The Braves extended their season-best winning streak to six games.
Wright and closer Kenley Jansen, who pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save, combined to retire 17 consecutive batters to end the game.
The A’s suffered their seventh straight loss. After being held to five hits, the A’s are hitting .165 with one homer and 12 runs in the losing streak.
Heredia pulled a pitch from Lou Trivino (1-4) over the left-field wall and into the Oakland bullpen to end a 2-2 tie. Acuña hit homers in the first and third innings off Cole Irvin.
Following his second shot, Acuña borrowed Atlanta Hawks All-Star guard Trae Young’s “Ice Trae” trademark celebration. Asked what he has planned for his next celebration, Acuña said through a translator, “I don’t know what’s going to be next but for the time being I’ll stick with that one.”
Braves rookie Michael Harris II, sprinting from center field toward right field, reached out to snag a liner hit by Sean Murphy in the fifth, robbing Murphy of possible extra bases.
“After he made that catch, I felt there was nothing that was going to drop,” Wright said.
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