- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - David Buchanan’s homecoming didn’t go as planned.

Pitching in front of family and friends from the Atlanta area, the 25-year-old rookie lasted only four innings as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves 7-4 on Wednesday.

Buchanan, who is from Peachtree City, Georgia, and played for Georgia State, gave up four runs - one earned - three hits and four walks in his first big league game at Atlanta.

“It was definitely exciting, throwing at home,” Buchanan said. “Growing up here, this is where all my friends are. I was pretty upset I couldn’t give a better performance than that.”

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said the right-hander just had a bad day.

“This is the first one where he just wasn’t as sharp and he was pitching behind in the count a little bit,” Sandberg said. “But I’d say overall he’s actually pitched fairly deep for us, and he’s had quality starts. This is the first one everything wasn’t there for him.”

Grady Sizemore hit a two-run homer in the third that tied the score 3-3, and Ben Revere had three hits for his fourth straight multihit game.

Rookie Christian Bethancourt had three hits in his return to the major leagues and B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer for Atlanta as the Braves avoided a three-game sweep.

Upton’s homer off Buchanan came on a 0-2 pitch.

“I was trying to elevate up and in,” Buchanan said. “I overthrew it, left it in the middle of the plate. That’s what happens at this level. Can’t miss your spots.”

Philadelphia won the first two games with shutouts, including a no-hitter by Cole Hamels and three relievers Monday.

Atlanta ended a 25-inning scoreless streak by scoring three runs in the second.

After Chase Utley’s first-inning sacrifice fly, the Braves took a 3-1 lead in the second behind Upton’s 10th homer and first since Aug. 8.

The Braves had scored one run in their previous 36 innings. All three runs were unearned because of an error by Utley, who allowed Ryan Doumit’s leadoff grounder to bounce off his glove for an error.

Bethancourt, a catcher recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday following a six-week demotion, drove in the Braves’ first run with an infield single in the second and put Atlanta ahead 5-4 with an RBI single in the fifth.

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