Orioles 5, Braves 4

Mark Reynolds was upset rookie pitcher Zach Britton made hitting

a homer look so easy.

Reynolds shouldn’t be upset. His homer was longer and meant


Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, Nick

Markakis had a career-high five hits and the Baltimore Orioles beat

the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Sunday to end their five-game losing


Britton gave up three runs in five-plus innings and had two

hits, including his first career homer.

”It kind of ticks you off as a position player to watch a

pitcher get hits like it’s nothing,” said Reynolds of Britton, who

is hitting .625 with five hits in eight at-bats in interleague


Jim Johnson (5-1) gave up one run in two innings.

Reynolds also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third.

He had two homers in the Orioles’ 5-4 loss to the Braves on

Saturday night.

Markakis hit a one-out single off Scott Proctor (1-2) in the

seventh before Reynolds smashed the go-ahead homer, his 18th, into

the left-field seats. Nate McLouth barely moved in left field as he

watched the homer.

Markakis said ”it’s definitely fun” watching Reynolds find his

home run swing.

”He’s a big ol’ boy up there,” Markakis said. ”If he gets

into one, it goes a long way.”

Markakis had a run-scoring double in the sixth. He had three

hits in Saturday night’s loss after his 19-game hitting streak

ended Friday night.

The Braves had their five-game winning streak snapped and were

denied their third straight interleague sweep.

Kevin Gregg pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save.

Gregg struck out Chipper Jones to end the game. Jones started to

walk to first base on what he thought was ball four. Jones also

took Gregg’s next pitch as home-plate umpire Mark Ripperger called

strike three on a pitch that appeared to be off the plate.

”It’s always frustrating when you’re not allowed to do your

job,” Jones said. ”But I’ve said time and time again, the

officiating in this league is substandard. For the most part.”

”If a guy’s not doing his job, I’m going to say something. If I

get fined, I get fined. I don’t care. I’m a competitor. … I know

they’re balls. I’ve been here 18 years. I know when a guy’s trying

to pitch around me.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez also criticized Ripperger’s


”I came back in here and looked at the video,” Gonzalez said.

”I thought they were awful. I thought the balls were away. Not

even close. It’s hard to swallow, to lose a game on those two balls

like that.”

Britton was pulled after giving up a walk and two hits,

including Freddie Freeman’s RBI single, to open the Braves’

four-run sixth. Johnson gave up a single to McLouth to load the


Julio Lugo’s groundout drove in Brian McCann before pinch-hitter

Eric Hinske’s two-run single off Johnson gave Atlanta a 4-3


Britton gave up three runs and six hits and three walks in

five-plus innings. The rookie left-hander’s highlight was his first

career homer off Brian Beachy in the third. Britton also had an

infield single.

The Braves loaded the bases with one out in the fifth but

couldn’t score. Lugo walked, pinch-hitter Wilkin Ramirez singled to

left and Jordan Schafer reached on a bunt single before Jason

Heyward hit into a double play to end the inning.

Beachy gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. He

struck out six, including five in the first two innings.

McCann, who was selected as the NL’s All-Star starting catcher,

had two hits. He just missed a homer in the seventh when his long

fly ball hit off the top of the right-field wall. Markakis fielded

the bounce off the wall and threw out McCann at second base.

McLouth gave Baltimore reliever Koji Uehara a scare in the

eighth when his long fly ball to right field was caught by Markakis

at the wall.

NOTES: Kris Benson hit the last home run by a Baltimore pitcher

on June 17, 2006, against the Mets. … OF Martin Prado, recovering

from a staph infection in his right leg, hopes to begin a minor

league rehabilitation stint in a few days. … Chipper Jones said

after the game he would have another cortisone shot in his right

knee later Sunday. He had shots in the knee on May 15, but still

has discomfort caused by a torn meniscus.