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Braves lose 6th consecutive series

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Monday:-Rangers 7, Braves 3 Tim Hudson (6-5) got hammered as the Braves' misery continued in series openers, losing to the Rangers. Hudson didn't make it out of the third, gave up 5 runs on 5 hits, 5 walks, and 3 strikeouts. The bullpen was decent; Jorge Vasquez made his Braves' debut and gave up one earned run in 2.1 innings, and Blaine Boyer, John Foster, and Kevin Gryboski also pitched scoreless innings. Offensively, Andruw Jones hit his 16th homer, a 2 run shot that was too little too late in the 9th. He was 1-4. Marcus Giles was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. Tuesday:-Braves 7, Rangers 2 The Braves once again won the 2nd game of a series as Jorge Sosa (3-0) was excellent in a spot start, going 5 innings and allowing his only runs on a 2 run homer by Mark Teixera. He gave up 5 hits, walked none, and struck out 7. Adam Bernero struggled in the 6th, but managed to get out of it with no runs scoring, and pitched a scoreless 7th. Chris Reitsma pitched the last 2 innings in scoreless fashion to finish the game. Kelly Johnson had a big night, hitting his first ML home run-a 3 run go-ahead shot-and went 3-4 with 3 RBI, a walk, and 2 runs scored. Julio Franco also homered, going 3-4 with 3 RBI and a run scored. Marcus Giles was 2-4. Wednesday:-Rangers 9, Braves 5 The Braves lost the last game of a series again, and Kyle Davies (2-2) pitched like Tim Hudson and didn't make it out of the 3rd. Davies gave up 6 runs on 8 hits, walked 4, and only struck out 2. The bullpen was actually good until the 8th inning as it held the Rangers in check as the Braves tried to rally from a 7-1 deficit. Jorge Vasquez pitched 1.2 innings and other than a solo homer pitched well. Dan Kolb had a 3rd consecutive scoreless appearance, and John Foster and Blaine Boyer put in scoreless innings. Kevin Gryboski gave up 2 unearned runs in the 8th. On offense, the Braves were pretty good, rallying to cut the lead to 7-5 at one point although they were 2-16 with RISP-a category in which they rank 15th in the NL. Pete Orr DH'ed and was 3-6 out of the leadoff spot, and scored a run. Marcus Giles was 0-2 but walked 3 times and scored. Adam LaRoche was 2-5 with 3 RBI. Andruw Jones and Ryan Langerhans each had 2 hits and a walk. Wilson Betemit had a hit and a walk. The Braves now travel to play the Cincinnati Reds, and if they don't at least split the 4 game series I will be officially very concerned. The offense scored 15 runs in the last series, and will continue trying to get well at Great American Ballpark, another hitter's park. The Braves' starting pitchers will be John Smoltz against Brandon Claussen tomorrow night, Horacio Ramirez versus Ramon Ortiz on Friday, Tim Hudson facing Eric Milton on Saturday, and Jorge Sosa against Luke Hudson on Sunday.

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