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Roundup: Jeff Francoeur, Royals end Braves’ run

Royals catcher Salvador Perez ends Atlanta’s scoring threat, tagging out Juan Francisco.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez ends Atlanta’s scoring threat, tagging out Juan Francisco.Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Wade Davis pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Jeff Francoeur had a fourth-inning RBI single, and the Kansas City Royals stopped Braves’ 10-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory Wednesday at Turner Field in Atlanta.

The Braves were seeking their first 13-1 start since 1994, but the powerful Atlanta offense finally was stifled, a day after homering five times against the Royals.

Davis (2-0) didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven, and the Braves couldn’t get a runner past first base until Jason Heyward’s two-out double in the sixth. Their only serious scoring chance came in the seventh, when Juan Francisco was thrown out easily trying to score from first on a popup down the right-field line by Chris Johnson that landed about a foot fair.

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The Braves had the heart of the order up in the ninth, but Greg Holland struck out the side for his third save.

Mike Minor (2-1) had another strong outing for the Braves, allowing just five hits and the lone run in six innings. The lefthander’s ERA over three starts is 0.95.

Neither team had pushed a runner as far as second base until the fourth, when the Royals scored the game’s only run on Francoeur’s two-out hit.

Pirates 5, Cardinals 0 — A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter into the seventh inning nearly 12 years after throwing the only one of his career, pitching Pittsburgh past visiting St. Louis.

Burnett (1-2) lost his bid with two outs in the seventh on Carlos Beltran’s double to right-center. That was the lone hit given up by the 36-year-old righthander in seven dominant innings.

Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3 — Travis Hafner had a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning to make a winner of CC Sabathia, who settled down after a shaky start for the hosts.

Rays 6, Orioles 2 — Kelly Johnson and Shelley Duncan homered, James Loney had three RBIs, and visiting Tampa Bay snapped a four-game skid.

White Sox 7, Blue Jays 0 — Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer and Jose Quintana pitched 6 innings to lead Chicago in Toronto.

Athletics 7, Astros 5 — Bartolo Colon pitched six crisp innings, Josh Reddick doubled in two runs during a six-run first, and host Oakland beat Houston to complete the three-game sweep.

Reds 1-11, Phillies 0-2 — Jay Bruce singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of ninth inning, sending host Cincinnati to a strange victory over Philadelphia in a game suspended overnight because of rain.

The game resumed in the bottom of the ninth. Bruce’s single off Phillippe Aumont (1-2) came only nine minutes and 19 pitches after it resumed.

In the teams’ regularly-scheduled game, Mike Leake pitched seven scoreless innings while striking out seven and scored three runs in the hosts win.

Nationals 6, Marlins 1 — Bryce Harper returned to the lineup after missing one game with the flu to lead in the visitors to a win. Harper had four hits, scored a run, and drove in another.

Brewers 4, Giants 3 — Pinch hitter Blake Lalli belted a long RBI single — his first hit of the season — in the bottom of the ninth inning that sent Milwaukee to a win. Brewers starter Kyle Lohse did not allow a hit through the first five innings.

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The game between the Mets and the Rockies has been postponed as another spring snow storm passed through Denver. No makeup date has been announced.

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The game between the Rangers and Cubs in Chicago has been rained out. No makeup date was announced.

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The Angels and Twins had their series finale at Target Field postponed by rain. The Twins said the makeup date has yet to be determined.

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