Upton's 2-run HR helps Braves top Lester, A's 4-3 - NBC Sports

Upton's 2-run HR helps Braves top Lester, A's 4-3
Stephanie Poynter and her pet dachshund Charlie wait for the Atlanta Braves and Oakland Athletics to begin during the team's Bark in the Park promotion where dog owners are allowed to bring their canines to a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
August 17, 2014, 11:05 pm

ATLANTA (AP) Justin Upton hit a two-run homer, Chris Johnson also went deep and the Atlanta Braves beat Jon Lester and the reeling Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Sunday night, ending Lester's seven-game winning streak.

The Braves swept the three-game series, leaving the A's with a five-game losing streak, their longest of the season. The A's have lost seven of eight overall and trail the Angels, who lost to Texas on Sunday, by percentage points in the AL West.

Oakland's Nate Freiman hit two homers, giving him three in the series, but Mike Minor (5-8) allowed only two other hits in seven strong innings.

Lester (13-8) allowed four runs, three earned, and six hits in six-plus innings in his first loss since June 7 for the Red Sox at Detroit.

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