Starter Trevor Cahill made his Chase Field debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but it things did not go as well as in his previous two starts. He allowed seven runs in five and two/thirds innings and was countered by Brandon Beachy, who pitched eight scoreless innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the D-backs 9-1 on Friday night, send Arizona to their fourth straight loss.
The Braves started the scoring in the third inning when Freddie Freeman, who homered twice on Thursday and drove in five runs, doubled home Martin Prado to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, Atlanta added two more. With two outs, Freddie Freeman walked and then Brian McCann homered.
The sixth inning was when things got a little ugly. Chipper Jones led off the inning reaching on an error by second baseman Aaron Hill. A single by Jason Heyward and a force out had runners at the corners for Beachy. Beachy drove in a run with a squeeze play bunt. Then Michael Bourn doubled in a run and Martin Prado drove in another with a sacrifice fly.
Craig Breslow came in to relieve Cahill and then gave up an RBI double to Freeman.
Atlanta added another two runs in the ninth as Joe Paterson faced five hitters without recording an out. Brad Zeigler retired the three hitters he faced to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Arizona could only muster four singles and a walk in seven and one-third innings against Beachy.
They came close to scoring in the eighth when they loaded the bases with two out, but the rally was ended when A.J. Pollock struck out.
For the Braves, Freddie Freeman had another exceptional hitting game. After three hits, two homers and five RBI on Thursday, he had another trhee hits and two RBI on Friday.
Arizona managed a run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI groundout by Goldschmidt.
Cahill falls to 1-1 on the season with the loss, while Beachy improves to 2-1.
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