Herrmann's 2nd HR lifts D-backs over Braves in 11

Herrmann's 2nd HR lifts D-backs over Braves in 11

ATLANTA -- Chris Herrmann capped the first two-homer game of his career in timely fashion and allowed the D-backs to complete a three-game sweep with Sunday afternoon's 5-3, 11-inning win over the Braves at Turner Field.

Herrmann's two-run homer off Jim Johnson's 0-2 changeup sunk the Braves, who had tied the game with a three-run eighth inning. Atlanta has lost 15 of its first 16 home games. The D-backs entered this series having lost six straight games and eight of their past nine.

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"One home run is great, but to hit two in one game is something else," Herrmann said. "Especially on Mother's Day. One for my mom and one for my wife's mom, who passed away last year. So it's a very special day for me, and I'm very grateful to have this opportunity to be here and help the team win."

D-backs starter Patrick Corbin scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings and exited with a 3-0 lead. But Jeff Francoeur produced a game-tying, two-run double off Jake Barrett, who entered after Tyler Flowers' RBI single accounted for one of the three hits left-hander Andrew Chafin surrendered in the eighth.

Flowers' RBI single

Coming off a start in which he allowed the Mets three first-inning homers, Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz matched a career high with eight strikeouts and surrendered just two runs over seven innings. Corbin delivered an RBI triple after Erick Aybar's defensive miscue extended the fifth inning, and Herrmann further marred Foltynewicz's impressive outing when he drilled an 0-2 fastball off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the seventh.

"I thought the 0-2 pitch from Folty was up in the strike zone, and I don't know how [Herrmann] was able to cover it," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But I know I'll get a phone call from my dad, because he's old-school. I may not even leave the office because he's going to wear me out about 0-2 base hits or home runs to lose games. I thought the pitches were the right calls, but we just left them over the plate."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Corbin a road warrior: Once again, Corbin pitched well on the road, where he has allowed five earned runs in 25 innings this year, with three of those runs coming in his last start against the Marlins. Corbin also extended his scoreless innings streak against the Braves to 23 2/3 innings.

Corbin's start and RBI triple

"I thought we did a great job just keeping them off-balance," Corbin said. "They're very aggressive. That was our game plan, and I just felt like I got ahead a lot better and my slider today was really good as well."

Frenchy delivers: Nick Markakis highlighted his three-hit game by beginning Atlanta's three-run eighth with one of the three hits surrendered by Chafin within a span of four batters. Flowers chased Chafin with an RBI single and Francoeur followed by greeting Barrett with a two-run double that traveled down the left-field line far enough to allow pinch-runner Mallex Smith to easily score from first and tie the game at 3.

Francoeur's two-run double

"I know my role and I know that's an opportunity I'm going to get sometimes," said Francoeur, who is 3-for-25 against right-handers and 11-for-30 against left-handers. "To be able to come up big like that is huge. These are the kinds of games where I've got to be able to contribute. It feels good to be able to do it."

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Power surge: After starting the season with just one hit in his first 20 at-bats, Herrmann's bat has come alive. He has homered in three of his last five starts and is 9-for-19 over that span.

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"The first one was up there high," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Herrmann's homer that hit three-quarters up the foul pole. "I was glad it hit the foul screen here, because you never know if it goes over the top if they're going to call it foul or fair. The second one was just a bomb. Really excited for him." More >

Aybar's bobble: Foltynewicz recorded three strikeouts during a perfect fourth inning and had retired 11 straight batters before Brandon Drury opened the fifth with a single. Corbin would not have been given a chance to score Drury with his triple had Aybar not fumbled Chris Owings' potential inning-ending double-play grounder. Aybar's defensive woes continue to haunt the Braves, but he has continued to play shortstop, even when Daniel Castro is in the lineup.

Aybar's juggling play at short

QUOTABLE
"I came in with a different game plan today, cleaned some stuff up mechanically and everything else was flowing well and in sync. I'll just take that to my next bullpen and go into my next start with it." -- Foltynewicz

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Herrmann became the first player with multiple home runs on an 0-2 count in a game since the Astros' Lance Berkman on July 9, 2000, against the Royals.

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REPLAY REVIEW
Gonzalez was unsuccessful when he challenged whether Paul Goldschmidt violated the slide rule when he was forced out at second base in the 11th inning. Goldschmidt seemed to get his feet tangled as he slid awkwardly, but he never lost touch of the second-base bag.

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WHAT'S NEXT
D-backs: The D-backs will get another crack at the Rockies as they open up a three-game series in Denver on Monday at 5:40 p.m. MST. The Rockies have already visited Chase Field twice this year, winning five out of six games.

Braves: Matt Wisler will take the mound when Atlanta opens a three-game series against Philadelphia on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Wisler will be making a second straight start with two extra days of rest. He limited the Mets to one hit over eight scoreless innings during his most recent outing.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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