Braves Beat Diamondbacks 11-7

By scotthumphries

The Braves blew a five-run seventh inning lead, but rallied to score four runs in the top of the ninth inning to pull out the win as Atlanta defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-7 this afternoon at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Arizona broke on top 2-0 in the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third inning on an rbi-double by Conor Jackson and a wild pitch by Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson, but the Braves roared right back, scoring two runs in the fourth inning and five runs in   the fifth to take a 7-2 lead.

The Braves scored twice in the fourth to tie the game, scoring on an rbi sacrifice fly by Omar Infante and an rbi-single by David Ross, and then exploded for five fifth inning   runs, scoring on an rbi-double by Ross, a two-run single by Hanson, an rbi-single by  Jason Heyward, and a bases-loaded walk to Chipper Jones.

Hanson pitched 5 and 1/3 innings of four-hit, two-run ball, while striking out 10, and was in line for his seventh win of the year, but the Diamondbacks came back to score two runs in the seventh inning and three more in the eighth to tie the game against the normally reliable Braves’ bullpen, which delivered an uncharacteristically poor performance.

The Diamondbacks scored their two seventh inning runs on a solo blast by Chris Young and an rbi-groundout by Stephen Drew, and then tied the game up at 7-7 on an eighth inning three-run double by Kelly Johnson.

The Braves rallied to win in the ninth inning though as they pounded Arizona closer Chad Qualls for five hits and four runs in just 1/3 of an inning, scoring on rbi-singles by Brian McCann, Jason Heyward, and Eric Hinske, and an rbi sacrifice fly by Troy Glaus.

Peter Moylan (3-1) picked up the win for Atlanta, and Billy Wagner pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game for the Braves, while Qualls (1-3) took the loss for        the Diamondbacks.

The NL East leading Braves improved to 35-26 with the win, while the loss dropped the Diamondbacks to 24-37.

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