ATLANTA (AP) -- Horacio Ramirez is learning that one way to avoid
big innings is to avoid panic.
A relaxed Ramirez pitched out of an eighth-inning jam and led
Atlanta to a 10-3 win over Baltimore Sunday as the Braves won a
home series for the first time since May 15-18.
After Tejada lined out to left to end the inning, Ramirez pumped
his fist in a rare display of emotion.
"In the past that would have caused me to press a little
more," Ramirez said.
"I'm just a lot more relaxed. I'm not out there thinking if I
give up a home run it's the end of the world."
The Braves were only 2-12 at home in their 6-21 June, and they
had lost seven straight home games before winning two of three from
"It's huge," Ramirez said. "It's no secret we haven't done
well, but we're fighting. We still believe we can do well and get
in the thick of things."
Ramirez (4-2) survived a shaky first inning for the win, giving
up seven hits and three runs in eight innings. He had four
strikeouts and no walks.
"He was down and away and wasn't missing a lot," said Orioles
catcher Ramon Hernandez. "When he needed to make the one pitch, he
Ramirez gave up three hits in the first inning and only two hits
over the next six innings, retiring 10 batters in a row during one
Braves manager Bobby Cox said Ramirez, who began the year having
to fight for a spot in the rotation, now is "one of the top
"He's pretty classy out there," Cox said.
Betemit started for Jones at third base as Jones was held out
with a sore right foot. Jones is scheduled for an MRI Monday.
Baltimore starter Kris Benson gave up nine hits and six runs
--four earned -- in five innings. The four earned runs allowed
matched the high mark allowed by Benson (9-6) since May.
Benson was pitching on three days' rest after lasting five
innings in a 12-5 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday.
"I don't think they'll be asking me to throw anymore on three
days' rest," Benson said. "I thought I had better stuff than I
did. I just got beat."
Benson said his inability to control his fastball "kind of sunk
The Braves scored four runs in the eighth against reliever Sendy Rleal. Jones' homer was the first of his career as a pinch-hitter.
Ryan Langerhans added his fifth homer for Atlanta.
The Orioles, who lost to Braves left-hander Chuck James Friday
night, fell to 7-21 against left-handers this year.
But Ramirez, who had allowed no more than one run in four of his
last six starts, recovered with six straight scoreless innings as
the Braves quickly rallied against Benson.
Langerhans hit his first homer since May 28 in the second inning
to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Braves added two runs in the third, with the help of an
error by Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada.
After Betemit drove in Marcus Giles with a single up the middle,
Adam LaRoche hit a one-out grounder to first baseman Kevin Millar.
Millar stepped on the bag for one out before throwing to second for
the attempted double play. Tejada missed the throw for the error,
allowing Edgar Renteria to score for a 3-2 Atlanta lead.
Langerhans led off the first with a grounder to Benson, who
threw wildly to first for a two-base error. Giles took advantage of
the error with a two-out single to drive in Langerhans.
The Braves added two runs in the fifth on Betemit's homer and
back-to-back doubles by LaRoche and Jeff Francoeur for a 6-2 lead.
A throwing error by Betemit helped the Orioles score one run in
the eighth. Nick Markakis and Luis Matos reached on singles, and
Markakis moved to third as pinch-hitter Ed Rogers avoided a double
play on a grounder that forced Matos at second.
Betemit then fielded Roberts' grounder and threw high to first
for a two-base error as Markakis scored. With runners on second and
third, Ramirez remained in the game to retire Mora and Tejada to
end the inning.
: Ramirez has three of the Braves' last seven wins. ...
Baltimore OF Corey Patterson was held out after fouling a ball off
his foot Saturday night. "He's a little tender," said manager Sam
Perlozzo, who said X-rays will be taken as a precaution. ... The
Orioles fell to 14-24 in road games, the second-worst mark in the