Dane Dunning allowed just three hits and one run over a career-high 7 2/3 innings to send the Atlanta Braves to a 3-1 loss to the Texas Rangers Saturday night. Bryce Elder allowed three runs in just 4 1/3 innings in his homecoming. The Braves’ lone run came in the third on a check swing single by Ronald Acuña Jr. that scored Travis Demeritte. Atlanta threatened again in the eighth but Acuña grounded out sharply to end the threat.
Atlanta drops to 10-12 on the season. The two teams will meet again Sunday in the rubber match of the series. Taylor Hearn will get the start for the Rangers. The Braves have yet to announce their pitching plans.