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The Dashing "Tat"-Man That Saved Gotham, Er, The Diamondbacks

That would be Ryan Roberts, he of the myriad of tattoos, and he is dashing because that was the best word to describe his electricity on the basepaths of Chase Field Wednesday night. 

Roberts dashed home from second base on a wild pitch in the seventh-inning to force a 3-3 tie, then raced in from third on a meek grounder by Justin Upton in the 11th with... the winning run in Arizona's wild 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Diamondbacks snapped Atlanta's four-game winning streak and, lo and behold, moved into a tied for third place with the L.A. Dodgers just four games back of leading San Francisco. 

There are times when the D-backs are atrocious to watch, but it's clear that this team, where it might lack in overall depth and talent, plays pretty hard on a consistent basis. Wednesday night was one of those times where battling paid off in the end, and Roberts might as well be the poster boy for that mentality on this team. 

"That's the whole thing we talk about all the time, trying to play hard," Roberts told the Associated Press. "Trying to run everything hard, trying to do everything hard and giving 100 percent and things like that pay off."

Robert also got everyone fired up when he screamed and pumped both fists after scoring on the wild pitch. It was a moment of spontaneity that brought fans out of their seats.

The Diamondbacks took a 2-0 lead on Justin Upton's home run in the first, then a fourth-inning single by Roberts that drove in Juan Miranda. For a while it looked like Joe Saunders might actually get his first win of the season in his ninth start, especially in the sixth when Gerardo Parra, another one of those Roberts-type hustlers, threw out two Braves at third base, the first time any D-back has ever gotten two assists in the same inning. 

Parra fist-pumped the air, too, and got all kinds of love in the dugout.

Saunders was done after six innings and led 2-1. But Esmerling Vasquez gave up two runs in his inning of work and Atlanta led 3-2. 

Roberts led off the seventh by walking, taking second on a sacrifice and scoring on Scott Proctor's wild pitch. The Braves went ahead 4-3 on a two-out RBI pinch single from Diory Hernandez and sent in closer Craig Kimbrel for the save. 

Russell Branyan singled with one out, took third on Roberts' hit and scored the tying run on a Kelly Johnson single. Then Upton hit the grounder that was fielded and thrown home, but Roberts was in there easily.