McCann, Freeman power Braves past D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) — Brian McCann and the Braves are

rolling, while the battered Arizona Diamondbacks are

sputtering.

For the second straight night, that added

up to an Atlanta rout.

McCann hit a two-run homer,

Freddie Freeman had a pair of RBI doubles and Atlanta beat the Arizona

Diamondbacks 9-1 on Friday.

Brandon Beachy (2-1)

allowed four hits in 7 1-3 scoreless innings, striking out five and

walking none as the Braves won their fourth in a row and ninth in 10

games after starting the season 0-4. In those 10 games, the Braves have

scored 74 runs.

“It’s unbelievable,” Beachy said.

“They give me a one-run lead and then they build on it. The next thing

you know I’m out there pitching and it’s 7-0.”

Trevor

Cahill (1-1) gave up seven runs, four earned, and seven hits over 5 2-3

innings in his Chase Field debut for the Diamondbacks. Arizona has lost

four straight, all at home.

“They are playing well,”

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “We aren’t playing so well right now,

but we will be.”

Atlanta has won the first two of

the four-game series by a combined score of

19-3.

“Hitting’s contagious,” Freeman said, “and when

people are getting hits, you want to go up there and knock them in. You

don’t want to lose those opportunities. Everybody feels good right now

and everybody’s taking advantage of it.”

Freeman, who

homered twice in Thursday night’s 10-2 win, doubled in a run in the

third and another in the sixth. The Braves’ leader with 13 RBIs, he also

singled and walked.

“I was pretty dialed in last

year about July,” Freeman said. “I feel about the same right now. I’m

just getting the pitches to hit and I’m not missing

them.”

Paul Goldschmidt singled twice and walked for

the Diamondbacks, scuffling offensively without injured Chris Young and

Justin Upton.

Atlanta scored in the third when Martin

Prado singled, then raced home from first on Freeman’s double to the

right-field corner.

Cahill retired the first two

batters on groundouts in the fifth, but he walked Freeman on a 3-2

count, then McCann lined a 2-1 pitch over the right-field fence.

McCann’s third home run of the season put Atlanta up

3-0.

A fielding error by second baseman Aaron Hill on

Chipper Jones’ grounder opened the way for the Braves’ four-run

sixth.

Jason Heyward followed with a single. After a

fielder’s choice put runners at first and third, Beachy put down a bunt

and Jones beat Cahill’s throw home. Michael Bourn’s double brought in

another run, then Prado’s sacrifice fly made it

6-0.

Craig Breslow relieved Cahill and gave up a

double to Freeman, this one to the left-field corner, that scored the

Braves’ seventh run of the night.

Atlanta tacked on

two runs in the ninth, including a bases-loaded walk by Arizona reliever

Joe Paterson.

“There’s really not much for me to

say,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, “other than, let’s just keep

it rolling. Let’s play again

tomorrow.”

NOTES: Beachy has

allowed one earned run in three starts, giving him a 0.47 ERA. …

Heyward extended his hitting streak to 10 games, matching his career

high. … Jones was back after sitting out Thursday night’s series

opener to have fluid drained from his surgically repaired left knee. …

Upton again was out of the Arizona lineup with a sore thumb, although

he was available as a pinch-runner. … The Diamondbacks last lost four

straight at home Sept. 4-7, 2010. …. Arizona sends lefty Joe Saunders

(1-0, 0.64 ERA) to the mound against Tommy Hanson (1-2, 3.71) on

Saturday night.