ATLANTA — It was no surprise to see an Atlanta pinch-hitter named Adams head to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.
The first name, however, may have been unexpected. Sorry Matt, this was Lane Adams’ time to shine.
Lane Adams drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double that gave Atlanta the lead, and the Braves beat the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 on Saturday night.
Matt Adams, given a night off with Freddie Freeman starting at first base instead of his new home at third, also was on the bench in the sixth. Manager Brian Snitker instead turned to Lane Adams, a backup outfielder.
“I just thought it was a better matchup than Matt Adams against a lefty,” Snitker said, suggesting the Diamondbacks would have brought a left-hander in to face the left-handed hitting Matt Adams.
After Arizona scored two runs in the eighth to cut Atlanta’s lead to 7-5, Jace Peterson hit a pinch-hit homer off Jorge De La Rosa into the top level of seats in right field in the bottom of the inning.
Inciarte’s one-out single in the fifth set up Brandon Phillips’ double off Corbin to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead.
Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz, who threw 51 pitches in the first two innings, allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Ian Krol (2-2) got the final out in the sixth. Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 28 chances.
Foltynewicz had thrown 95 pitches when he was allowed to take the mound to open the sixth. Chris Herrmann doubled and scored on a one-out single by pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso, tying the game at 2-2. A review confirmed the call on the field that Herrmann’s hand touched the plate on his slide before he was tagged by Kurt Suzuki.
Descalso scored from second on Paul Goldschmidt’s single to center field off Luke Jackson, giving Arizona a 3-2 lead.
Arizona trailed 7-3 before scoring two runs in the eighth.
CORBIN’S STREAK ENDS
Corbin’s streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings against Atlanta ended with Phillips’ homer with one out in the third. The streak was the longest by an Arizona pitcher against a team to start his career. It covered six games, including four starts, and began on June 28, 2012.
The attendance was 41,627, setting a season high in new SunTrust Park.
Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Godley (3-3, 2.58) allowed seven runs in five innings in only start against the Braves on Aug. 22, 2016. This year, he has not allowed more than three runs in any of his 11 starts.
Braves: LHP Jaime Garcia (2-7, 4.55) is 5-2 with a 4.00 ERA in seven career starts against Arizona. He has allowed five or more runs in four straight starts and has lost his last four decisions.