Yunel Escobar had three hits, including a two-run single that gave Atlanta the lead, Omar Infante added a two-run triple in the eighth and the Braves beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Sunday.
The Braves won two of three in their first interleague series of the season, as the A's couldn't take advantage of ample scoring chances.
The A's had at least one baserunner in every inning but left runners stranded at third base in the second, sixth, seventh and eighth. The A's were 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position in their last five games before adding to their scoring woes in Sunday's loss.
Atlanta reliever Blaine Boyer pitched out of a jam in the eighth after Rob Bowen hit a one-out triple past the reach of a diving Mark Teixeira at first base.
Boyer struck out Gregorio Petit, who was 2-for-3 in his major league debut, and pinch-hitter Darie Barton.
Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes (2-1) gave up eight hits with two walks but only two runs in five innings.
Manny Acosta recorded the final two outs in a non-save situation after Will Ohman struck out Mike Sweeney to open the ninth.
Justin Duchscherer (3-3) gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings for the A's.
Bobby Crosby's one-out homer gave Oakland a 1-0 lead.
Reyes appeared to gain momentum after the second, when the A's loaded the bases with no outs and he escaped without allowing a run. Reyes struck out Duchscherer and Rajai Davis and ended the inning on Crosby's grounder to Teixeira at first base.
The Braves pulled even in the bottom of the first. Brian McCann, who hit his first career homer off Duchscherer in 2005, drove in Escobar with a double to right.
Escobar's two-run single in the second gave Atlanta a 3-1 lead. Escobar, who was thrown out at second, drove in Kelly Johnson and Gregor Blanco, who opened the inning with singles.
The A's knocked Reyes out of the game when Emil Brown led off the sixth with a single and scored on Jack Hannahan's run-scoring double to center.
The Braves led only 3-2 before adding two runs in the eighth off Alan Embree. Chipper Jones led off with a single and moved to third on Mark Teixeira's double to left. With two outs, Infante's pinch-hit triple to right drove in Jones and Teixeira.
Petit had two hits and a walk in his major league debut. He had a fourth-inning single for his first hit. One out later, he was picked off first base by McCann.
Petit, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, added a sixth-inning double off Jeff Bennett.
Notes: The Braves are 7-0 in home day games. ... Frank Thomas, a native of Columbus, Ga., made a rare appearance in his home state, striking out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. ... Petit started for Mark Ellis (hamstring strain), who ran and took indoor batting practice but missed his sixth straight game. Manager Bob Geren said Ellis is "very close" to being able to play.