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Swanson has key hits as Braves hold on for win

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OAKLAND -- The Braves capitalized on Oakland miscues to beat the A's, 4-3, Saturday afternoon and take the series at the Coliseum.

Dansby Swanson went 2-for-4 with two RBI doubles, including one to left in the ninth inning after Danny Santana reached on an error from A's shortstop Franklin Barreto. Swanson also doubled home Santana in the seventh after Santana reached when Barreto collided with left fielder Matt Joyce.

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OAKLAND -- The Braves capitalized on Oakland miscues to beat the A's, 4-3, Saturday afternoon and take the series at the Coliseum.

Dansby Swanson went 2-for-4 with two RBI doubles, including one to left in the ninth inning after Danny Santana reached on an error from A's shortstop Franklin Barreto. Swanson also doubled home Santana in the seventh after Santana reached when Barreto collided with left fielder Matt Joyce.

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"Just happened to be me today," Swanson said. "Been plenty of other guys throughout the year. Glad that I could do my part today."

• Dynamic duo: Santana, Swanson spark offense

Earlier, Santana kicked off the scoring with an RBI double in the second, scoring catcher Tyler Flowers after he reached on a Barreto throwing error. The Braves tacked on one more run in the eighth on a Matt Adams sacrifice fly.

Video: ATL@OAK: Santana laces an RBI double to left-center

On his team's defense, A's manager Bob Melvin said, "We made some mistakes, and every one of them cost us today."

The A's tied the game in the eighth when slugger Khris Davis turned around a 97-mph fastball from Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino and blasted it to center for his 22nd homer of the season. The two-run shot went 458 feet, his longest of 2017 according to Statcast™.

The A's lone damage off of Braves starter R.A. Dickey came in the fourth, when third baseman Ryon Healy singled home Davis. Dickey finished the day with six hits and three walks allowed in six innings, striking out four.

"Really good," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Tyler [Flowers] has done a really good job with him, too, and it's been effective. Again, it just looks like he's in a good rhythm to me. I don't know, it's just something I see. Not trying to overthrow it. It's been really good."

Video: ATL@OAK: Blackburn strikes out four in his MLB debut

In his Major League debut, local kid Paul Blackburn was excellent for the A's, giving up one unearned run on three hits and a walk across six innings. The right-hander from Antioch struck out four and left the game to a standing ovation in front of around 300-400 family members and friends.

"Honestly, this is probably one of the best days of my life," Blackburn said. "I'm just trying to take it all in. I'm not really sure it's me yet, but it was a lot of fun."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Danger dodger: The A's were on the doorstep of taking the lead in the fourth and the fifth, but Dickey was able to escape each inning with the game tied. Oakland tied it in the fourth with four straight one-out baserunners, drawing a walk and getting three singles. With the bases loaded, Dickey got a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Then, in the fifth, the A's had runners on first and third with two outs, but Dickey froze Davis with a knuckleball and struck him out looking.

"If we can keep winning games where we have to fight it out, it's good for the chemistry," Dickey said. "Anytime you give up a lead and you don't give into that and you overcome that, those are all good, good for us. We've done that quite a bit this year."

Video: ATL@OAK: Dickey coaxes double play, escapes a jam

Costly miscommunication: When Santana popped a ball to shallow left with one out in the seventh, Barreto and Joyce both raced to the ball. Barreto caught the ball, but the two collided, jarring the ball loose from the shortstop's glove. Santana reached safely and scored the go-ahead run on Swanson's double.

Video: ATL@OAK: Barreto, Joyce collide on shallow fly ball

QUOTABLE
"Once I get started, my brakes are not going to go. Just put it that way. I was sorry to hit that guy. There was no use. I would have hurt myself if I would have tried to slow down. A wheel would have popped off like an old, 100,000-mile Plymouth or something." -- Dickey, on his collision with Barreto near the first-base bag in the fifth

"Obviously I feel a little bad, but if you're not playing, you're not making errors. The only way not to make errors is not to play. I'll keep my head up, keep on working hard and keep trying to make those plays." -- Barreto, on his two-error day

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Melvin succeeded in challenging a call in the fifth, when Barreto legged out an infield single to reach the bag. Barreto and Dickey collided at first base just as the ball arrived and Barreto was originally ruled out before the umpiring crew went to review and reversed the call.

Video: ATL@OAK: Barreto reaches first after call overturned

Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips was nearly hit by a pitch in the chest from A's reliever Ryan Madson in the seventh. Atlanta challenged the ruling that Phillips wasn't clipped in the jersey but the replay confirmed the call on the field. Phillips grounded out to end the inning.

Video: ATL@OAK: Phillips doesn't get hit, call stands

WHAT'S NEXT
Braves: Veteran right-hander Julio Teheran gets the starting nod in Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET series finale at the Coliseum. Teheran (6-6, 5.30 ERA) matched his season low with three innings pitched in his last start, when he gave up seven runs in a losing effort against the Brewers.

A's: The A's will send promising left-hander Sean Manaea (7-4, 3.87 ERA) to the mound at 1:05 p.m. PT Sunday. Manaea, who gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Astros his last time out, is 6-2 with a 3.29 ERA since April.

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Braves on Saturday.