Hale touts D-backs' fortitude after walk-off win

Hale touts D-backs' fortitude after walk-off win

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale remains proud of one attribute his club has shown throughout this disappointing season -- the effort level. Even though the results haven't been there, Hale feels his team never lets that affect on-field performance.

That was apparent again on Monday night. Arizona overcame a five-run deficit to take a lead in the seventh. Then after allowing the Braves to tie it in the ninth, Paul Goldschmidt hit a walk-off homer to give the D-backs a 9-8 win.

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"I've said it all year: They've battled," Hale said. "We've gone through some tough times, we've fallen behind, I've never thought they've given up. I always tip my hat to them. When you come back and win a game, it means a lot. It gives you confidence that you can do it. We have battled back, but we haven't battled back to win a lot of these games. We've kept it respectable or got it close, so it's nice to get a win out of this."

Hale hasn't seen the club's struggles and the noise that surrounds it cause a distraction. In fact, Monday's comeback win was Arizona's largest in more than a year. The D-backs last overcame a five-run deficit to win on June 3, 2015, when they erased a 6-0 Atlanta lead to win, 9-8.

This time, Arizona entered the seventh inning trailing, 7-4. Michael Bourn trimmed the deficit to two runs with an RBI single. Goldschmidt singled and Yasmany Tomas worked a two-out walk to load the bases against Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino.

Welington Castillo emptied the bases with a three-run double that put the D-backs ahead, 8-7. But Freddie Freeman's second homer of the night, off Arizona reliever Enrique Burgos, tied it, 8-8, in the ninth.

But just two pitches into the bottom of the inning, Goldschmidt's fourth career walk-off homer ended it. And unlike previous times when the D-backs have battled back but not quite all the way, they enjoyed a nice celebration at home plate.

"It's nice not to have to take home a moral victory, get an actual one. It makes it a little bit better," Goldschmidt said. "We haven't won as many games as we'd have liked, so we're just trying to get some wins and play hard these last few weeks."

Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.