National League Game Summary - Arizona at Atlanta
(Saturday, June 29th)
Final Score: Atlanta 11, Arizona 5
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Two-run scoring hits from Jason Heyward and
Brian McCann highlighted a seven-run eighth as the Atlanta Braves rallied past
the Arizona Diamondbacks, 11-5, on Saturday at Turner Field.
The D-Backs took a 5-4 lead on a solo homer from Miguel Montero in the top of
the frame, but an erratic David Hernandez (4-5) was unable to hold onto it in
the bottom half.
He plunked consecutive batters and then allowed two straight hits, with
Heyward bringing in two runs thanks to a throwing error from Jason Kubel on
his double into left, which gave the Braves a 6-5 edge.
Atlanta then broke it open against Arizona reliever Tony Sipp on a two-run
single from McCann, an RBI double from Dan Uggla and a sacrifice fly from B.J.
Upton. Chris Johnson's RBI single off J.J. Putz then capped the outburst.
"That's how baseball games are and that's how baseball seasons are," said
Johnson. "It's just the teams that try to minimize it and keep it
rolling. Just try to stay confident and stay positive and just keep grinding."
Jordan Walden (3-1) had his 13-inning scoreless streak snapped on Montero's
homer, but picked up the win thanks to the Braves' big eighth inning.
Justin Upton had three hits and Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer, but Tim
Hudson saw his career-long winless streak extended to 11 starts. He gave up
four runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 frames.
Ian Kennedy also gave up four runs on five hits in his return from a 10-game
suspension. He only lasted 4 1/3 frames for Arizona, which has lost five of
its last six contests.
"Seven walks, three hit batsmen, made an error," said Arizona manager Kirk
Gibson on his team's mistakes. "Its disappointing."
The Braves squandered scoring opportunities in each of their first two turns
at the plate, but Freeman got them on the board in the third with a two-run
homer to dead center.
Hudson struggled through the fourth after giving up his first hit -- a leadoff
infield single to Paul Goldschmidt. A wild pitch preceded a run-scoring double
to Montero and a base hit from Kubel into right tied the contest at 2-2.
Kennedy got through the bottom of the frame on seven pitches, but didn't make
it out of the fifth after walking three of the four batters he faced. Will
Harris took over and promptly walked Dan Uggla to force in a run.
Atlanta left the bases loaded in the frame, but not before B.J. Upton pushed
its lead to 4-2 with a sacrifice fly.
A.J. Pollock drew the visitors even in the sixth with a two-run shot to
center field, and Montero gave them a briefly put them in front with a homer
in the eighth.
Kennedy was serving a suspension for his role in a brawl with the Los Angeles
Dodgers on June 11 ... Putz was activated from the disabled list prior to the
contest, with Arizona optioning pitcher Zeke Spruill to Triple-A Reno to make
room on the roster ... Hudson is 0-6 during his winless streak ... The
Diamondbacks were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.
06/29 21:06:45 ET
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