Kotsay's Double Gives Braves Win Over A's

By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 11:05 PM CDT
Oakland Athletics pitcher Dana Eveland delivers to the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a Major League Baseball game, Friday, May 16, 2008, at Turner Field in Atlanta.    (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)
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(Newser) – Mark Kotsay knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with a two-out RBI double, and the Atlanta Braves edged the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Friday night for their eighth straight home victory. The loss was a season-high fourth in a row for the A's, who have dropped six of seven on their current nine-game road trip.

Kotsay's double to right-center scored Chipper Jones, who had singled off Alan Embree to open the inning. Embree (1-2) retired Mark Teixeira and Jeff Francoeur to start the inning, before giving up a single to Brian McCann, who went 3-for-4, that sent Jones to third and brought up Kotsay. Manny Acosta (2-1) got the win with two scoreless innings of relief.