The Atlanta Braves must wish every month had an All-Star break.
Buddy Carlyle pitched eight impressive innings to win his third straight decision and the Braves got four hits from Edgar Renteria -- completing a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 5-1 victory today.
Atlanta has won four straight, seven of eight and 12 of 16 since going 3-9 against Minnesota, Cleveland, Boston and Detroit last month.
The Pirates, who dropped to 24-58 on the road the past two years, lost their third in a row after winning five of six entering the All-Star break.
Making his first career appearance against Pittsburgh, Carlyle gave up one run and four hits.
He struck out four and did not walk a batter. The right-hander improved to 3-0 over his last four starts and improved to 4-2 on the year.
Jeff Francoeur, Yunel Escobar and Renteria each had an RBI single for the Braves.
Carlyle retired 12 straight batters before Castillo's two-out triple in the fifth. Bob Wickman worked a perfect ninth to close it out.
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