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Arizona Diamondbacks squeak by slumping Atlanta Braves, 2-1

The game drew 42,130, the largest crowd in the two-year history of SunTrust Park.


Reuters 14 Jul 2018, 08:28 AM United States
Arizona Diamondbacks squeak by slumping Atlanta Braves, 2-1
  • The game drew 42,130, the largest crowd in the two-year history of SunTrust Park. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The visiting Arizona Diamondbacks beat Atlanta Braves 2-1 at SunTrust Park with Shortstop Nick Ahmed hitting two hits in the go-ahead single in the seventh inning thus registering their winning.

Ahmed drove home Daniel Descalso, who had drawn a one-out walk from Atlanta's Sam Freeman (2-5) and advanced to second on Dan Winkler's wild pitch.

Arizona's 52nd win is the second most in team history before the All-Star break. The Diamondbacks are 9-3 in their last 12 road games.

Arizona starter Zack Godley (11-6) gave up one run in six innings. He gave up five hits, three of them in the first inning, walked one and struck out seven. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of his last seven starts and has won six of his last seven decisions.

The vaunted Arizona bullpen collaborated for three scoreless innings. Yoshihisa Hirano, Archie Bradley and Brad Boxberger each pitched one inning to complete the game. Boxberger struck out the side in the ninth and earned his 23rd save.

Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez did not receive a decision, despite allowing only one run in six innings. The veteran allowed five hits and struck out six. It was his fourth straight start in which he has allowed three or fewer runs. He has a 2.41 ERA in three starts in July.

Atlanta got its first run in the first inning. With two outs, Freddie Freeman singled advanced to third on a hit by Nick Markakis and scored when Kurt Suzuki singled to right field.

The Diamondbacks evened the score 1-1 in the sixth inning. Alex Avila doubled, moved to third on Godley's sacrifice and scored on Jon Jay's soft single to left. Jay went to third on Paul Goldschmidt's double but was cut down at the plate on a nice grab and throw by first baseman Freeman.

The game drew 42,130, the largest crowd in the two-year history of SunTrust Park.

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