Big inning helps Braves ease past D-Backs
The Atlanta Braves recorded seven runs in the sixth inning on their way to a conclusive 11-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Catcher Brian McCann had a two-run single in the big inning for the visiting Braves (55-62), and also added his 21st home run of the year in the first, along with four RBIs.
Shortstop Yunel Escobar finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Atlanta, who scored 11 runs against Arizona for the second consecutive game, the Reuters reported.
The Braves were aided in their sixth-inning blitz by two throwing errors from Diamondbacks reliever Juan Cruz.
Cruz's poor throw to Orlando Hudson caused the second baseman to hurt his wrist when he dived to his left, the injury forcing the player to leave the game.
"What happened to them in (the sixth inning) happens to every team at least twice a year," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox told reporters. "No matter where you throw it, nobody is there."
Diamondbacks starter Dan Haren (12-6) was charged with six runs in 5 1/3 innings as he absorbed the loss after the right-hander took a 3-2 lead into the sixth before the Braves began their onslaught.
First baseman Chad Tracy had given Arizona a short-lived lead with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning off Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens but half an inning later, the home team were eight runs behind.
Jurrjens (11-7) recorded his 11th victory of the year after working six innings, striking out six and allowing three runs.
"I don't think I had my best stuff," Jurrjens said. "I've got to give my team mates credit, they really helped me."
Atlanta will attempt to complete a four-game sweep on Sunday with left-hander Mike Hampton, who was activated from the disabled list last month.
The D-Backs (59-58) will counter with staff ace Brandon Webb, who will be aiming for a major-league leading 17th victory.