PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt delivered a walk-off homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth, lifting the D-backs to a 9-8 win over the Braves in the opener of a four-game series on Monday night at Chase Field.
"I think the tendency in a tied game or extra innings is try to hit home runs, and we've played some extra-inning games and that just has not worked out for me," Goldschmidt said. "I was fortunate to get a pitch up and get it out of there."
Welington Castillo hit a three-run double to put Arizona ahead, 8-7, in the seventh, but Freddie Freeman's second homer of the night tied it at 8-8 in the ninth. It didn't stay tied for long, however, as Goldschmidt's fourth career walk-off blast ended it, a deep homer to left off Braves reliever John Gant (1-3).
"When he came up, I said to the coaches, 'You know what, our first baseman's up now. Let's see us do the same thing.' And I think the lengths of those balls were a long way, both of them," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of the ninth-inning homers by Freeman and Goldschmidt.
Jean Segura went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, Michael Bourn also collected three hits and Yasmany Tomas hit a two-run homer as the D-backs overcame a five-run deficit to win for just the fourth time in 11 games.
The Braves built an early 5-0 lead, as Freeman hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Adonis Garcia hit a two-run blast in the second. Nick Markakis added to the offense with three hits to back starter Mike Foltynewicz, who allowed four runs on nine hits over six innings, issuing no walks and striking out seven.
"We had the lead and then we obviously gave up some runs, but to come back and just lose it again was just gut-wrenching," Freeman said.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Freeman's launching pad: After missing Sunday's game while nursing a sore left middle finger, Freeman drilled his first-inning home run on the first pitch he saw. Garcia's two-run shot gave the Braves a 5-0 lead in the second, which ended with Freeman being thrown out attempting to score on Kemp's single to left fielder Mitch Haniger. Freeman's game-tying homer in the ninth completed his ninth career multihomer game, three of which have come in the 16 games he's played at Chase Field.
"The tightness [in the finger] got better as the day went on and I started doing more things," Freeman said. "Hopefully, tomorrow it's even better." More >
Back at home, back to homers: Tomas' two-run blast to left-center in the third inning was his ninth homer of the month -- all coming at home. He entered August with just three home runs at Chase Field, but now seems to be finding his power stroke. Tomas has homered in seven of his last nine home games, including each of the last four.
"It's all about experience," Tomas said through an interpreter. "I recognize better pitches and select a good pitch for making good contact."
Viz is vincible: After the D-backs made it a 5-4 game, Foltynewicz stopped the bleeding by retiring 10 of the final 12 batters faced. But reliever Arodys Vizcaino squandered a three-run seventh-inning advantage by surrendering four hits, including Castillo's bases-clearing double, and issuing a walk while facing just six batters. The former closer has allowed four runs in two of the three appearances he's made since returning from the disabled list. He declined when asked to speak to the media after Monday night's loss.
"It's just command of his pitches," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I don't know if he's feeling for things and he's aware of that. I think you can try to throw strikes, but they're just missing out over the plate. It's an aggressiveness type of thing. He's been down a long time. His velocity is good and his stuff is really not that bad. It's pretty much location."
Un-Godley followup: After turning in his best start of the season last time out, D-backs starter Zack Godley had one of his worst on Monday. He threw a career-high 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball in a win over the Mets on Wednesday, but the rookie right-hander allowed two runs by the game's third batter and was tagged with five runs by the end of the second in this one. Godley left after allowing a career-high seven runs in five innings, but Arizona's rally in the seventh took him off the hook.
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Along with producing a single and triple in his first two at-bats back at Chase Field, former D-backs outfielder Ender Inciarte also stopped the bleeding in the seventh inning when he denied Castillo's attempt to score on Rickie Weeks' two-out single by firing a strike to the plate. Inciarte now has 15 outfield assists, good for second in the Majors.
WHAT'S NEXT Braves:Rob Whalen will take the mound when Atlanta resumes this four-game series on Tuesday at 9:40 p.m. ET. As Whalen (1-2, 5.73 ERA) nears an innings limit that could shut him down by the end of the month, the rookie will attempt to build off a Friday start in which he limited the Nationals to one earned run over six innings.
D-backs:Archie Bradley looks for his first August win when the D-backs host the Braves on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. MST. Bradley (4-8, 5.04 ERA) has struggled this month, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in four starts, allowing at least three runs in each. The right-hander hasn't completed six innings since July 27.