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Lowe has 2 RBIs, wins 3rd straight home start
Atlanta Braves' Eric Hinske scores from third base on a Derek Lowe bunt in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals Friday in Atlanta. - photo by Associated Press

ATLANTA — Chipper Jones and pitcher Derek Lowe each drove in two runs and Lowe won his third straight start at home in the Atlanta Braves' 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

The Braves, winners of three straight and five of six overall, improved to 22-7 at Turner Field. Atlanta has won 12 of its last 13 at home.

Kansas City has lost two of three.

Lowe (9-5) allowed six hits, three runs and two walks in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out three and drove in a pair of runs with a squeeze bunt in the second and an RBI single in the fourth.

Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Braves are 29-0 this season, and the majors' only unbeaten team, when scoring at least five runs.

Lowe improved to 6-2 with 3.80 ERA in eight starts at Turner Field this year. He laid down a suicide squeeze bunt in the second inning and added an RBI single in the fourth.

Lowe's hit came after Melky Cabrera's RBI double and before a run-scoring single by Jones made it 5-2.

Kansas City cut into Atlanta's early 2-0 lead to 2-1 on Jason Kendall's RBI single and Billy Butler tied it by leading off the third with his seventh homer.

Brian Bannister (6-5) allowed seven hits, five runs and three walks in four innings. He struck out two.

Dropping to 1-4 with an 8.56 ERA in seven starts on the road, Bannister has given up 14 runs in his last seven innings. The right-hander won five straight starts before losing 11-5 last Saturday at Cincinnati.

Kanekoa Texeira pitched the fifth and left after Jones' sacrifice fly gave the Braves a 6-2 lead for the second out of the sixth.

Pinch-hitter Wilson Betemit's RBI single in the seventh chased Lowe. Eric O'Flaherty and Peter Moylan combined to pitch the next 1 2-3 innings, which included Jose Guillen's RBI single in the eighth.

NOTES: Over his last 14 games, a span of 62 at-bats, Atlanta RF Jason Heyward has struck out 26 times. ... The Braves won 3-2 last Saturday at Minnesota when Brooks Conrad's suicide squeeze scored Gregor Blanco in the ninth. ... In 10 at-bats against his former team, Betemit has a .600 average and eight RBIs.