ATLANTA — Brandon Beachy’s chances for his first major league win may improve when he faces a team other than the Phillies.
Beachy is still waiting after giving up seven hits and four runs in six-plus innings in Saturday’s 10-2 loss to Philadelphia. The rookie right-hander has made five starts, including three against the Phillies, and was 0-2 despite a 2.70 ERA against them last season.
“There really isn’t much to be happy about after today,” Beachy said. “It’s the third time I’ve faced them. The third time I take the loss. I’ve got to be able to beat the Phillies. I haven’t done that yet.”
Beachy (0-1) has a 3.75 ERA in two starts this season.
“He kept us in the ballgame,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. “For a young pitcher — he only has [five] starts in the major leagues — I thought he handed himself pretty well.”
Beachy wasn’t as kind in his self-appraisal.
“I made a few good pitches to get out of some jams, but I’ve got to stop getting myself into them,” Beachy said.
Most of the Phillies’ big hits came after Beachy left the game.
Carlos Ruiz hit a pinch-hit grand slam off Scott Linebrink and drove in five runs to help Roy Oswalt earn his first regular-season win over Atlanta.
With Brian Schneider starting behind the plate, Ruiz sat out the first six innings. He still set his career high for RBIs with his slam in the seventh and run-scoring double in the eighth.
Oswalt (2-0) gave up five hits and two runs, one earned, in six innings. The Braves were the only National League team Oswalt had not beaten.
Schneider gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead with his two-run homer off Beachy in the fourth.
“It was a fastball about right where he would have asked for it,” Beachy said.
The Phillies had 15 hits, including eight for extra bases.
Ruiz hit an 0-2 pitch from Linebrink to left for his first career pinch-hit homer.
“I’ve been in that situation plenty of times,” Linebrink said. “That’s my job. I know I’ve got to throw strikes when I get in there, but, again, once you get ahead there’s a time and a place for being over the plate and that certainly wasn’t one of them.”
The grand slam drove in Raul Ibanez, who doubled to knock Beachy from the game, John Mayberry and Wilson Valdez. Mayberry hit a pinch-hit single off George Sherrill, who then walked Valdez.
Shane Victorino, who had four hits, singled off Cristhian Martinez in the eighth to drive in Ruiz.
Victorino doubled to right to lead off the game and scored on Ben Francisco’s two-out single. Beachy issued an intentional walk to Ryan Howard to face Francisco.
The Braves scored two runs in the third. Alex Gonzalez doubled to right and scored on Freddie Freeman’s single. Beachy pushed Freeman to second with a sacrifice. Martin Prado followed with a single to right that Francisco bobbled for an error, allowing Freeman to score.
Atlanta’s 2-1 lead didn’t last an inning. With two outs in the fourth, Ibanez walked and Schneider followed with the homer about 10 rows deep in the right-field stands.
Oswalt pitched out of a jam after loading the bases with two outs in the sixth. Oswalt gave up a single to Chipper Jones before walking Brian McCann and Uggla. Jason Heyward’s broken-bat pop-up to third baseman Placido Polanco ended the inning.
Oswalt was 0-3 with a 6.21 ERA against Atlanta in nine games, including eight starts, with Houston and Philadelphia before Saturday. David Herndon, J.C. Romero and Danys Baez combined for three scoreless innings behind him.
Ruiz drove in four runs three times, most recently on Sept. 13, 2010 at Florida.
The double by Gonzalez in the third inning was the 300th of his career. He added another double high off the left-field wall in the fifth.
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