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Andujar, Rooker lead Oakland blowout against Chris Sale as A’s beat Braves 11-9

ATLANTA — Miguel Andujar went 4 for 5 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored and the Oakland Athletics snapped Chris Sale’s winning streak of seven starts with an 11-9 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Brent Rooker also homered and scored four runs for Oakland. His two-run double in the sixth gave the A’s a 10-9 lead. No. 9 hitter Max Schuemann went 4 for 4 with three runs scored.

“From an offensive standpoint, this was one of our best games of the year,” Oakland manager Mark Kotsay said. “We were clearly up against a really elite pitcher who is having a really good year. When we put together the at-bats, we showed that we had a very good game plan and that we stuck to it.”

Marcell Ozuna hit his 17th home run and finished with four RBIs for the struggling Braves, who dropped 11 of 17. Michael Harris II had three hits and Matt Olson launched a two-run home run.

Michael Kelly (3-2) earned the win with a hitless inning. Dany Jiménez scored a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.

Sale had his worst outing against Atlanta, giving up eight runs and nine hits in four innings. He struck out four and walked one. It was the most runs he allowed in a game since 2019.

“Today was almost the exact opposite of what I’ve done to be successful,” Sale said. “There was nothing specific.”

Sale, in his first season with the Braves, had a 1.17 ERA in his previous seven starts. The A’s, meanwhile, tied for 29th in the majors in points and tied for 30th in batting average. Sale gave up as many runs in the first inning (two) as he did in five dominant starts in May. He scored four more in the second, thanks in part to a three-run homer by Andujar, and two more in the fourth on a two-run homer by Rooker.

“We did a good job correcting the mistakes he made,” Rooker said. “Obviously he doesn’t make many, and that’s why he’s so good and things are electric. He throws around the zone and doesn’t leave a ton in the middle. That makes him who he is. He made mistakes in the middle on the pitches, and we were able to capitalize on that and put good swings on it.”

Jimmy Herget (0-1) took over the defeat as Sale’s successor.

The Braves scored six runs in the fifth to turn an 8-3 deficit into a 9-8 lead. Olson’s two-run homer tied the score, and Adam Duvall put Atlanta ahead with an RBI single.

The A’s came back in the sixth and regained the lead when Rooker drove in Schuemann and Andujar with a double.

“To fall behind in the game after having the lead and then get it back the next inning really shows the fight, the grind and the will that this group has,” Kotsay said.

Atlanta threatened in the seventh, but Andujar made a running catch in left field off Jarred Kelenic’s sinking liner with two on and two out.

Oakland starter Aaron Brooks, who was in position for his first win since 2019 with a five-run lead after four innings, lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and seven runs. He struck out one and walked one.

Kotsay was ejected in the sixth by plate umpire James Hoye for arguing balls and strikes.

Oakland RHP Luis Medina will make his season debut on Sunday after recovering from an MCL injury. RHP Charlie Morton (3-2, 4.29 ERA) will start for the Braves in the final of a three-game series.

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