Diamondbacks Fall To Braves, 11-7. Bullpen Blows

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Brian McCann smacked a go-ahead RBI single in the Braves' four-run ninth inning, as Atlanta rallied past Arizona, 11-7, to earn a split in the four-game series.

The Diamondbacks scored twice in the seventh and got a three-run double from Kelly Johnson in the eighth to tie the game, but the Braves took advantage of opportunities against Chad Qualls (1-3) in the ninth to get the victory.

Martin Prado went 3-for-4 with two walks, while Jason Heyward and David Ross each had two hits and two RBI for Atlanta, which won the season series with the Diamondbacks, 4-3.

Johnson and Conor Jackson each had two hits for Arizona, which fell to 4-3 on its 10-game homestand.

The Braves held a 7-2 lead entering the bottom of the seventh before Chris Young began the inning with a home run. Cristhian Martinez delivered a first- pitch fastball, and Young slugged it to left to begin the Arizona comeback.

Johnson followed with a single, moved to second on a groundout, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored when Stephen Drew grounded out to short.

Jonny Venters took the mound for Atlanta in the eighth and walked Mark Reynolds with one out. Pinch-hitter Rusty Ryal batted a ball back to the mound, and Venters turned to second to get the lead runner by force out. However, second baseman Prado and shortstop Yunel Escobar hesitated in deciding who would take the throw, and Venters side-armed the ball into the outfield.

Venters recovered to strike out the next batter, but walked Young to fill the bases for Johnson, who lined a ball down the right field line to plate three runs, making it a 7-7 game. Peter Moylan (3-1) entered and got the final out.

But Atlanta grabbed the lead again in the ninth. Brooks Conrad led off with a single and, after Qualls fanned Melky Cabrera, stole second. McCann came up next and pulled a 3-0 sinker through the right side, plating Conrad, who was ahead of the throw and got his hand on the plate safely after tripping over catcher John Hester's legs.

Prado's single put runners on the corners for Heyward, who blooped a ball to shallow left field. Ryal and Reynolds both got near the ball but didn't make the catch as the ball fell to the ground. McCann scored on the plate to make it a 9-7 game.

Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske hit an RBI single and Troy Glaus got a run in with a sacrifice fly to push the Braves' lead to four. Arizona loaded the bases with one out in the home half, but Billy Wagner struck out Ryal and Chris Snyder to end the game.

The majority of the game's scoring was done against the teams' bullpens, as neither starter lasted six full innings. Atlanta's Tommy Hanson threw 121 pitches in 5 1/3 frames, in which he gave up two runs and tied a season high with 10 strikeouts. Arizona's Dontrelle Willis needed 95 pitches to get through four innings, in which he gave up two runs, walked six and twice was called for a balk.

Both of Arizona's runs off Hanson came in the third inning, when Jackson hit an RBI double and Johnson scored on a wild pitch.

Atlanta got a sacrifice fly from Omar Infante and RBI single from Ross in the fourth to make it a 2-2 game.

The Braves went ahead in the fifth thanks to a two-out rally against Cesar Valdez. Atlanta had two on with two out before Ross hit a ground-rule double to plate Chipper Jones, who had led off with an infield single. Valdez intentionally walked Cabrera to get to Hanson, who hit a two-run single to center. Singles from Prado and Heyward plated another run before Valdez was lifted. Blaine Boyer came in and walked Jones with the bases loaded as Atlanta pushed its lead to five.

Arizona had been 18-0 when scoring six or more runs this season...Atlanta tied a season high with 16 hits...The Braves improved to 4-4 on their 11-game road trip, which continues Friday with the start of a three-game set at Minnesota...McCann extended his hitting streak to six games.

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