Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Andrelton Simmons crushed the go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning among his three hits and the Atlanta Braves topped the Baltimore Orioles, 4-2, in the opener of a three- game interleague series at Turner Field.
Brian McCann ripped a solo home run and Michael Bourn added an RBI base hit to extend his career-best hitting streak to 14 games for the Braves, who bounced back nicely after losing three straight to the New York Yankees earlier in the week.
Chad Durbin (3-0) picked up the win in relief of starter Tommy Hanson, who allowed two unearned runs on four hits and six walks with a pair of strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Steve Pearce knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly, while Adam Jones and Wilson Betemit had two hits apiece for the Orioles, who had their five-game winning streak halted.
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