Diamondbacks 6, Braves 4
Ian Kennedy took advantage of Arizona’s early offensive
Gerardo Parra hit his first career grand slam to cap a five-run
second inning and the Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4
Sunday, snapping a five-game losing streak.
”It’s nice having a 5-1 lead going into the third inning,”
Kennedy said. ”You can be a little more aggressive with the guys
in the middle of the lineup.”
Atlanta had won five in a row.
”We ran into a hot ball club,” said Arizona manager Kirk
Gibson. ”This feels pretty good. It makes you smile. It’s been a
while since we’ve shaken hands after a game.”
Parra was starting in the unfamiliar territory of center field
with the absence of Chris Young and he made the most of the
opportunity, finishing with two hits and a stolen base in four
”I feel comfortable anytime I see myself in the lineup,” Parra
said. ”I’ll play anywhere as long as I get to play.”
Kennedy (3-0) posted his seventh straight win dating to last
August. The Diamondbacks helped him by scoring more than two runs
for the first time in four games.
”I feel like last year is last year,” Kennedy said. ”I just
try to go out there with the same approach I’ve had for the last
year and a half. As a pitcher you remember the frustrating times
and only the really good times.”
Kennedy allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings. David
Hernandez retired the side in the eighth and J.J. Putz earned his
fifth save despite allowing a one-out home run to Juan
Randall Delgado (2-1) retired the first two Arizona batters in
the second. Jason Kubel then singled, Cody Ransom doubled and John
McDonald was intentionally walked to load the bases. Delgado walked
Kennedy on four pitches before Parra hit a drive into the pool area
beyond the right-center field fence for a 5-1 lead.
”I was trying to stay down in the zone but it stayed up,”
Delgado went 5 1-3 innings, giving up five runs and three hits.
He struck out six, walked four and hit two batters.
”It was a good learning experience,” said Braves manager Fredi
Gonzalez. ”He gets two quick outs in an inning then next think you
know there’s a five spot put on the board. It’s a young pitcher, a
young pitcher that needs to mature and get into those situations
and doesn’t let the innings get away from him.”
Michael Bourn had three hits, walked once and scored twice for
the Braves. Atlanta lost for only the second time since April
Bourn sped the Braves to a 1-0 lead in the first when he led off
the game with a double to deep center, took third on a groundout
and scored on a sacrifice fly by Freddie Freeman.
Bourn also scored Atlanta’s second run, singling in the third
and coming around on Martin Prado’s double down the left field
Prado contributed with his glove, too, taking away an apparent
home run from Miguel Montero in the third with a leaping catch just
to the right of the 376-foot sign in left field.
Delgado recorded his first career hit with one out in the fifth,
went to second on Bourn’s single and later scored on a single by
Freeman to pull Atlanta to 5-3.
”I thought Randall showed everybody a lot today about his
mental makeup,” said Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. ”He had a
few mistakes that one inning but that was all they got. He really
came out, bounced back and battled and gave us a chance to win the
Parra singled, stole second and scored on a double by Aaron Hill
for a 6-3 Arizona lead in the seventh.
NOTES: Kennedy is 16-1 with three no decisions in his past 20
starts. … Delgado has yet to pitch past the sixth inning in 10
career starts. … Chipper Jones, playing his final game at Chase
Field, pinch-hit in the seventh and grounded into a double play.
Jones hit .328 with six homers and 35 RBIs in 52 career games in
Phoenix and was honored after the third. … Braves pitchers had
retired 24 straight hitters before Kubel’s second-inning single.
… The intentional walk to McDonald was the first of his 891-game
career. … The Diamondbacks’ series opener Monday against the
Philadelphia Phillies originally was billed as a matchup of Daniel
Hudson and Cliff Lee, at least before both went on the disabled
list. RHP Kyle Kendrick will start for the Phillies against LHP
Wade Miley, who was announced by the Diamondbacks via Twitter
following the game. … Atlanta RHP Jair Jurrjens will try to
improve his 8.10 ERA in Los Angeles against LHP Chris Capuano and
the Dodgers. Jurrjens has lasted only 13 1-3 innings total in his
first three starts, allowing 12 runs on 21 hits and nine walks.