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April 18, 2013

Bats cooled in duel, Braves' streak snapped

ATLANTA -- As the Braves rolled through this season's first two weeks with Major League Baseball's best record, they benefited from power, pitching and the ability to overcome a few late-inning deficits.

But they were unable to extend their late-inning magic as they bid adieu to their 10-game winning streak with Wednesday afternoon's 1-0 loss to the Royals at Turner Field.

"We have to be grateful and thankful for the start we've been blessed to get off to," second baseman Dan Uggla said. "This was just one of those games when we couldn't get it going. Should [haves], would [haves] and could [haves], you've got to leave those out on the field. We gave it everything we had. It just wasn't in the cards for us today."

While winning 12 of their previous 13 games and notching their first 10-game winning streak in exactly 10 years, the Braves had already triumphed in three games that they had been trailing after the start of the fifth inning.

So even after Royals starter Wade Davis scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings, there was reason to believe the Braves could rally like they did less than 24 hours earlier, when they had erased a 2-1 deficit by combining to hit four home runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

But Kelvin Herrara, who had surrendered three eighth-inning home runs on Tuesday, worked a scoreless eighth Wednesday and Royals closer Greg Holland struck out each of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Consequently, the Braves fell one win short of matching the Atlanta-best record the 1982 and '94 clubs had set through the season's first 14 games.

"We had some opportunities," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It just seemed like Davis made some pitches when he had to make some pitches."

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