Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Eric Chavez went 2-for-3 and recorded two of
his three RBI during a four-run fifth inning that paved the way for the
Arizona Diamondbacks' 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the finale of a
Didi Gregorius and Cody Ross each drove in a run during the rally, which made
a winner out of Ian Kennedy (2-3), who had given up two runs in his fifth and
He struck out seven and allowed three runs in all on five hits. It's Kennedy's
first victory since defeating the St. Louis Cardinals on Opening Day.
Heath Bell worked around a one-out double in the ninth to notch his sixth save
and give the D'backs the series victory. Arizona has won seven of its last 10
Tim Hudson (4-3) couldn't stop the bleeding for Atlanta, which is just 10-17
since its 12-1 start to the season. The righty was tagged for all five runs on
eight hits over five frames.
Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 and plated all three runs for the Braves.
The Diamondbacks had just five hits in their last 56 tries with runners in
scoring position coming into the contest, but matched that hit total during
Wednesday's performance on eight chances.
After putting Arizona in a two-run hole in the fifth, Kennedy was pinch-hit
for in the bottom half by Jason Kubel, whose one-out walk sparked a four-run
Gerardo Parra followed with a single and Gregorius pounded one up the middle
to plate a run. Two batters later, Chavez ripped a double to center to put the
D'backs back in front before Ross made it 5-3 with an RBI single into right.
Paul Goldschmidt ripped his first of three doubles on the day in the first
inning and Chavez gave the D'backs a 1-0 lead when he grounded a base hit past
the diving reach of shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
Kennedy was cruising along until he surrendered a pair of two out singles in
the third and then threw eight straight balls in walking Justin Upton and
Freeman to force in a run.
Freeman came to bat again in the fifth, and with runners on first and second,
sent a double in the gap in center field to clear the bags and stake Atlanta
to a 3-1 edge.
Hudson, though, couldn't hold the lead. He gave it right back in the bottom
half as eight Diamondbacks came to plate before getting out of the frame
behind by two runs.
Hudson suffered his career defeat to the Diamondbacks. He was 7-0 in nine
career outings coming in ... The Braves have lost five of their last six games
... Atlanta was just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position ... Arizona had
10 hits and scored more than three runs for the first time in five games.
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