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Charlie Morton, Braves shut out Athletics 3-1 to make a run on Murphy’s bloop double

ATLANTA — Sean Murphy drove in the go-ahead run with a bloop double in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves limited the Oakland Athletics to two hits in a 3-1 victory Sunday.

Charlie Morton allowed one hit in six scoreless innings, but ended with a no-decision when the A’s tied the game in the seventh on a home run by Zack Gelof.

Murphy’s double down the right field line gave Adam Duvall a 2-1 lead. Ozzie Albies added an RBI single in the eighth, and Atlanta took two of three in the weekend series to cap a 3-4 homestand.

“I look at it individually and see some positives with the guys offensively, and that’s what we’ve tried to do,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We played good baseball. We haven’t been hit yet, but I see light at the end of the tunnel for a bunch of guys.”

Morton walked five and struck out six. He also hit a batter with a pitch, but never allowed an A runner to reach third base.

“I controlled the zone really well for the most part,” Morton said. “If you don’t give up a lot of hard-hit balls, you can afford to try to make pitches. That’s basically what we did today.”

Luis Medina was great for the A’s in his first start of the season, lasting 5 2/3 innings and allowing just two hits and an unearned run. He struck out six and walked two. Medina started the season on the injured list with a sprained right knee. He made three minor league appearances before starting Sunday.

“It was a great outing for Medina,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “He really went out there for the first time and because he could control his pitches, he looked great out there. He looked comfortable. We thought he would go about four innings, but for him to come in the sixth inning and execute the game plan was really fun to see.

Dylan Lee allowed a long home run to Gelof in the seventh, but Joe Jiménez and Raisel Iglesias both pitched a scoreless inning. Lee (2-1) picked up the win and Iglesias earned his 15th save.

Murphy’s shallow fly in the seventh fell just between right fielder Seth Brown, first baseman J.D. Davis and second baseman Gelof. Duvall scored from third down on the play. Murphy had been 2 for 18 since returning from the injured list.

Atlanta added an insurance run in the eighth on Albies’ single. The Braves won 13-14 in May and have split their first two games of June.

“We don’t feel like everything is clicking,” Morton said. “I’ve been on teams where I felt like we were in trouble. I don’t feel like this is a space where that can happen. The quality of the people there is just too good.”

Marcell Ozuna went 1 for 3 with a double for Atlanta, reaching base for the 26th straight game.

Gelof crushed his fourth home run of the season off Lee leading off the seventh. It was the first batter Lee faced after replacing Morton.

The Braves scored in the first inning thanks to a two-out walk for Ozuna, a passed ball by catcher Kyle McCann and an RBI single by Matt Olson.

The game was postponed before the bottom of the sixth inning as the grounds crew tended to the pitching mound after rain fell in the top of the inning. After four minutes, Medina was able to resume his warm-up.

Athletics: To make room for Medina, the A’s designated RHP Aaron Brooks for assignment. Brooks started Saturday’s 11-9 win over the Braves and was 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA in four starts this season.

Braves: Optioned C Chadwick Tromp to Triple-A Gwinnett after the game.

Athletics: RHP Mitch Spence (4-2, 3.52 ERA) opens a three-game series at home Tuesday against RHP George Kirby (4-5, 4.08) and the AL West-leading Mariners,

Braves: LHP Max Fried (5-2, 2.97) faces Red Sox RHP Kutter Crawford (2-4, 3.29) on Tuesday in the opener of a two-game set at Fenway Park.

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