Braves 10, Diamondbacks 2
Freddie Freeman and Mike Minor almost made it look easy.
Freeman hit a pair of two-run home runs and drove in a
career-high five runs, and Minor struck out nine in a career high
eight innings, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 10-2 win over the
Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday night.
”It’s just good for the whole team just to go deep in the game
and not have the relievers having so many innings like they had
last year,” Minor said. ”Really it just puts the team at
The Braves scored three runs in the sixth and eighth innings,
highlighted by a two-run single by Juan Francisco in the sixth and
Martin Prado’s eighth-inning, two-run double. Freeman has 10 RBIs
in his past three games.
”Just feeling good at the plate and got a couple of mistakes,
and I was actually able to hit them,” Freeman said. It was the
second two-homer game of his career.
Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter (0-1) had his longest
outing of the season after struggling in his first two. He was
charged with four earned runs on six hits in 5 1-3 innings
Thursday, dropping his earned run average to 10.22.
”I finally felt real comfortable on the mound,” Collmenter
said. ”It was nice to finally understand what I was doing.
”We battled back in the game and you think everything is going
well and then four hits (in the sixth inning) . they couldn’t have
been thrown in better spots.”
The defending NL West champions lost their third straight.
”Baseball,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. ”It’s not fun
to be a part of it, but you have to endure these times. We’ve been
through it before, last year.”
The defending NL West champions hadn’t lost three in a row since
Sept. 14, 16 and 17 of last season.
Minor (2-1) allowed one earned run on five hits. He gave up back
to back singles in the fourth but Jason Kubel was thrown out at
home by Prado while trying to score from second on Aaron Hill’s
single to left field.
The Diamondbacks tied it at two in the fifth after A.J. Pollock
got his first major league RBI on a sacrifice fly.
After Francisco’s single during a three-run sixth, Freeman went
deep again, this time off reliever Wade Miley, to make it 7-2.
The Diamondbacks were without right fielder Justin Upton in the
starting lineup for the third straight game. The two-time All-Star
has been limited because of a thumb injury.
NOTES: Chipper Jones was given a day off Thursday. He’s played
in six of the Braves’ 13 games after missing the first four
recovering from left knee surgery, and dealt with swelling in the
knee late last week. ”If it acts up, we’ll give him another day,”
manager Fredi Gonzalez said. . RHP Tim Hudson made a third rehab
start at Triple-A Gwinnett Wednesday, tossing five innings and
allowing one unearned run on two hits with three walks and four
strikeouts. Gonzalez said Hudson will throw closer to 100 pitches
in a rehab start next Tuesday with the plan for him to be activated
for a series against Pittsburgh later this month. . RHP Anthony
Varvaro made his first rehab appearance Thursday for Gwinnett, and
pitched a scoreless inning. … Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew played
three innings in an extended spring training game Thursday in
Scottsdale and went 1-for-4 with a double. Drew is coming back from
breaking his right ankle in July. . Video of the Coyotes’
game-winning goal in overtime at Chicago in Game 5 of their NHL
playoff series drew cheers.