This time, Braves DHs bring a bat

The designated hitter, a black hole in the Braves lineup during interleague play this season, actually became a thing over the weekend in U.S. Cellular Field.

Between Jeff Francoeur and Nick Markakis, Braves DHs hit .333 (4-for-12) with a double, two home runs (both Francoeur’s) and four RBIs. In 12 previous interleague games, Atlanta DHs batted .095 (2-for-21) with no homers and no RBIs.

“What a big job for us.” Francoeur said. “We won three of four here in Chicago against two good teams. It’s a good way to finish out the first half.”

The Braves won an interleague series for the first time since sweeping Oakland Aug. 15-17, 2014. They are 4-9 against the American League this year with series still to be played against Minnesota and Detroit.

Atlanta had not taken a series from the White Sox since sweeping them in 2002. The Braves are 7-8 all-time against the Chisox.