BALTIMORE — Playing on the road is a losing proposition for the Atlanta Braves these days, especially with Julio Teheran on the mound.
Teheran lasted only four innings in his latest effort outside of his comfort zone in Atlanta, and the Braves lost to the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 on Tuesday night.
Atlanta has dropped nine of 10 on the road and 12 of 16 overall to fall a season-high eight games under .500 (46-54).
Teheran (6-6) gave up two home runs to Chris Davis, a three-run shot in the first inning and a two-run drive in the second, and was gone after yielding five runs, five hits and four walks.
At home, Teheran is 5-1 with a 2.37 ERA. On the road, the right-hander is 1-5 with a 7.24 ERA.
“I don’t know if it’s mental, but the numbers sure show it,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We can’t pick and choose when he pitches. You got a five-man rotation and we’re on a 10-day road trip. Send him home for the 10 days? We got to get through it.”
Teheran can’t explain it.
“Obviously I have been a bit slower on the road,” he acknowledged. “I’m trying to do the same thing that I do at home, that I do really good. This is a game and sometimes you don’t understand why. You just got to work and keep going.”
Ubaldo Jimenez shook off a miserable start to pitch seven innings for the Orioles, who will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Wednesday night. Baltimore’s four-game winning streak follows a 5-15 skid.
“I think there’s a sense of urgency in here to go now,” Davis said.
Jimenez (8-6) didn’t allow a hit after the first inning and retired 18 of the final 20 batters he faced. The right-hander gave up two runs, four hits and three walks to end a run of three successive defeats.
Atlanta broke to an early lead before losing on the road for the 34th time in 54 games. Nick Markakis singled on the game’s first pitch and with one out Freddie Freeman hit his first home run since June 13.
The Braves then loaded the bases before Chris Johnson hit a routine fly to center.
“The first inning I was leading with my front shoulder a little bit,” Jimenez said. “It was way too open and the next inning I was able to get it better.”
Baltimore batted around in the bottom half, the big blow a drive to center by Davis following a single and a walk.
Davis made it 5-2 in the second with his 24th homer after Adam Jones hit a two-out single.
Teheran settled down after that, but it was too late.
“Really, the only guy that hurt him was Davis,” Gonzalez said.
Ross Detwiler entered in the fifth and gave up an RBI single to Caleb Joseph. One inning later, Jones doubled in an unearned run to chase Detwiler.
Jimenez, meanwhile, allowed just one walk over his final three innings. He’s 6-1 with a 2.13 ERA in eight home starts this season.
After Jimenez departed, Jace Peterson hit an RBI single in the Atlanta eighth.
Braves: Teheran’s abbreviated outing ended a run of three consecutive games in which Atlanta’s starter completed at least seven innings.
Orioles: Manny Machado, Travis Snider and Ryan Flaherty entered the game a collective 0 for 42. Machado and Snider had hits, but Flaherty extended his skid to 0 for 19.
Braves: Atlanta placed LHP Manny Banuelos on the 15-day DL with elbow inflammation. He was slated to start Wednesday.
Orioles: 1B/OF Steve Pearce (strained oblique) won’t be coming off the DL when eligible on Aug. 3, manager Buck Showalter said. The challenge is to be sure Pearce is completely healthy before testing the injury.
Braves: Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 5.27 ERA) will be recalled from the minors to pitch Wednesday night. David Carpenter, who replaced Banuelos on Tuesday, will be designated for assignment.
Orioles: Unbeaten since May 31, Chris Tillman (7-7, 4.71) brings a five-game winning streak into the series finale.