Shelby Miller hasn’t made many mistakes with the Atlanta Braves, but one of his few came in his most recent start and it proved costly.
Miller looks to rebound from his first road loss as the Braves go for a fourth straight victory Tuesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Miller (5-2, 1.48 ERA) is among baseball’s leaders in ERA, WHIP (0.88) and opponent batting average (.175) while his two complete games match his total from the previous two seasons with St. Louis.
The right-hander has yielded two or fewer earned runs in each of his 10 starts, completing at least six innings in eight straight.
He went 2-1 with a 0.95 ERA in five games last month, compiling the lowest ERA in May by a Brave since Buzz Capra had a 0.86 mark in 1974.
Miller’s month, however, ended with Thursday’s 7-0 loss at San Francisco. He pitched seven innings and allowed his only run on Brandon Belt’s homer in the seventh.
"It was a bad pitch. If I could take it back, I would," Miller said. "It was a tough hit to give up at that point in the game."
He won his only start against the Diamondbacks on June 6, 2013, allowing two runs with nine strikeouts in six innings.
Miller makes his Chase Field debut trying to help Atlanta (26-25) record its longest winning streak since opening the season 5-0.
The Braves were batting .188 with two homers and 13 runs during a 3-5 stretch, but have put that behind them with a .313 average, four homers and 23 runs during their three-game streak.
Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons each had three of Atlanta’s 13 hits in Monday’s 8-1 series-opening victory.
Freeman has homered on half of his six hits in 15 at-bats with six RBIs in four games. The first baseman had a two-run shot and three RBIs on Monday, giving him a .406 average while knocking in 28 runs in 25 career meetings with Arizona.
He’s hitting .418 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 13 games at Chase Field, and he’s 8 for 15 versus scheduled starter Josh Collmenter.
"I always see the ball good here. It’s a great batter’s eye," Freeman said of hitting in Arizona. "It’s just one of those things, for some reason. Hopefully I didn’t jinx myself for the next two days."
Monday’s loss was the fifth in seven games for the Diamondbacks (23-27), who have received a 6.81 ERA from their rotation during that stretch.
Giving the ball to Collmenter (3-5, 5.05) may not make that lofty number any better, either.
The right-hander is 1-4 with a 6.30 ERA in six home starts, but did limit the Chicago Cubs to two runs over five innings on May 22. He turned in a second consecutive effective outing five days later, posting the same line in a 4-3 loss at St. Louis.
Collmenter, who is winless in his past four starts, is 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA in his past three starts against the Braves.
Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt is 11 for 22 with three homers and five RBIs in his last five games. He’s 7 for 21 with two homers and five RBIs in his last six meetings with Atlanta after batting .228 with one home run and two RBIs in his first 17 matchups.