After getting walloped in Friday’s series opener and dropping five of their past seven games, the road-weary Braves could have used Kris Medlen in never-lose mode Saturday against the Tigers.
He was far from it. And they lost again.
Medlen gave up a career-high 10 hits and five runs in 5-1/3 innings, and Detroit tacked on two runs in the eighth to secure a 7-4 win against the Braves at Comerica Park.
“It’s a difficult lineup to get through when you have your ‘A’ game, and I obviously did not,” said Medlen (1-3), who gave up two-run homers to Jhonny Peralta in the first inning and former Brave Omar Infante in the fourth.
“Every pitcher, every hitter is going to get their (rear) kicked at some point this year, and hopefully this was my day today to get mine kicked a little bit. I tried to go out there and battle, but they did some damage with a couple of pitches.”
Justin Upton hit his majors-leading 12th home run for the Braves in the eighth inning, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 5-4. But usually reliable rookie left-hander Luis Avilan was charged with two runs in the bottom of the inning, when he faced four batters and gave up two doubles and a walk.
The Braves have lost seven of 10 games since their 12-1 start, including six of nine on a three-city trip that ends Sunday night with a nationally televised game on ESPN.
“This has been a long road trip,” said Upton, whose homer came with nobody on base, making it 11 out of 12 homers with bases empty for the Braves slugger. “It’s starting to weigh on us a little bit, I think. We’ve got to find it somewhere deep down where we can get this next one and salvage the road trip and get back home.”