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  • Royals snap Braves' 10-game win streak

  • ATLANTA — Dan Uggla flipped his bat to the ground. Then his helmet. Then both batting gloves.
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  • ATLANTA — Dan Uggla flipped his bat to the ground. Then his helmet. Then both batting gloves.
    The game was over. So was Atlanta's winning streak.
    It was that kind of day for the Braves.
    Wade Davis pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Jeff Francoeur had a fourth-inning RBI single and the Kansas City Royals stopped Atlanta's 10-game spurt with a 1-0 victory Wednesday.
    "We feel like we can win every one of them," said Uggla, who was called out on strikes for the final out. "We'll just have to come back tomorrow and start another streak."
    The Braves were seeking their first 13-1 start since 1994, but the powerful Atlanta offense finally was stifled, a day after homering five times against the Royals.
    Davis (2-0) didn't walk anyone and struck out seven, and the Braves couldn't get a runner past first base until Jason Heyward's two-out double in the sixth. Their only serious scoring chance came in the seventh, when Juan Francisco was thrown out easily trying to score from first on a pop down the right-field line.
    "My goal was to get ahead," Davis said. "They have a pretty good offense. I had to mix it up a lot and minimize mistakes."
    The Braves were frustrated all day by home-plate umpire Doug Eddings, who called them out on seven of their 11 strikeouts. In the seventh, Uggla walked all the way around the catcher to talk with Eddings face to face. Manager Fredi Gonzalez came a few steps out of the dugout, ready to run out in things got heated, but Uggla simply walked away after making his feelings known to Eddings.
    "I've known Doug ever since I've been in the league," Uggla said. "He's a good umpire. But you don't always agree with the calls."
    The Braves had the heart of the order up in the ninth, but Greg Holland — who came in with an ERA of 12.00 — struck out the side for his third save in four chances.
    Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3
    At New York, pinch-hitter Travis Hafner connected for a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the eighth inning to lead CC Sabathia and the Yankees past Arizona.
    Brett Gardner had a tying, two-run single in the seventh for New York. Stymied by Wade Miley for six innings, the Yankees broke through and won for the seventh time in eight games.
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