ATLANTA - Colby Lewis and Nelson Cruz shook off slumps, Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Friday night to protect their lead in the AL West.
HOUSTON (AP) - Hunter Pence returned from a day off with back trouble and homered and drove in four runs as the Houston Astros snapped a four-game skid with an 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
HOUSTON - Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to their fifth straight win, 6-3 over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
HOUSTON - Freddie Freeman and Alex Gonzalez homered on back-to-back pitches during Atlanta's four-run third inning and the Braves pounded the Houston Astros 11-4 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
MIAMI - Freddie Freeman singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning Wednesday night, and the Atlanta Braves extended the Florida Marlins' losing streak to seven games by winning 3-2.
ATLANTA - Ryan Ludwick had an RBI single in the three-run seventh, Heath Bell struggled to earn a fourth straight save and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Tuesday night for their season-high fourth consecutive victory.
ATLANTA - Pinch-hitter Kyle Phillips broke a 2-2 tie in the 10th inning with his first career home run and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Monday for their third straight win.
ATLANTA - Mike Leake returned from the minors to give Cincinnati's depleted rotation a boost and the Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Friday night for only their second win in 10 games.
PITTSBURGH - Brooks Conrad hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Atlanta Braves topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Wednesday.
PITTSBURGH - Jair Jurrjens pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA - When Brian McCann returned to his locker, Derek Lowe shouted across the room: "Great off day, Mac!"
ATLANTA - Eric Hinske had three hits, including a tie-breaking single in the seventh, and the Atlanta Braves used a makeshift lineup to beat the Houston Astros 3-2 on Monday night.
ATLANTA - Jason Heyward missed his fourth straight start with inflammation in his right shoulder Saturday but entered the game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement.
ATLANTA - Raul Ibanez snapped a tie with a run-scoring single in the eighth inning, Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Friday night.
ATLANTA - Martin Prado hit a tying grand slam in the seventh inning, then scored the winning run on Brian McCann's single to right field in the 10th, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 6-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - It's been more than two decades since very few baseball experts gave the Atlanta Braves a legitimate shot to win the NL East.
ATLANTA - Look for plenty of introductions when the Atlanta Braves report for spring training Friday.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - When John Smoltz plopped down in a director's chair inside the Baseball Hall of Fame and stared at all the bronze plaques on the walls, the moment was both magical and a bit overwhelming.
ATLANTA - The Braves are trying to be optimistic after a flurry of offseason moves signaled the franchise going into rebuilding mode.
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