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Upton hits 2-run HR as Braves beat slumping A's 4-3 to end Lester's 7-game winning streak

  • Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton, right, is congratulated by Phil Gosselin, who also scored on Upton's two-run homer, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

    Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton, right, is congratulated by Phil Gosselin, who also scored on Upton's two-run homer, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers to the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers to the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor delivers to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor delivers to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)  (The Associated Press)

Justin Upton hit a two-run homer, Chris Johnson also went deep and the Atlanta Braves beat Jon Lester and the reeling Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Sunday night, ending Lester's seven-game winning streak.

The Braves swept the three-game series, leaving the A's with a five-game losing streak, their longest of the season. The A's have lost seven of eight overall and trail the Angels, who lost to Texas on Sunday, by percentage points in the AL West.

Oakland's Nate Freiman hit two homers, giving him three in the series, but Mike Minor (5-8) allowed only two other hits in seven strong innings.

Lester (13-8) allowed four runs, three earned, and six hits in six-plus innings in his first loss since June 7 for the Red Sox at Detroit.