D-backs walk off in 11th after Braves rally in 9th
By Mark Bowman and Jake Rill
PHOENIX -- After blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning, the D-backs came back to beat the Braves in the 11th, as Brandon Drury drove in the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in a 10-9 win on Wednesday night at Chase Field. Jake Lamb hit a one-out double to center, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then came home to score the winning run on Drury's bases-loaded sac fly off Braves reliever Jose Ramirez (1-1).
"We had it all the way," D-backs manager Chip Hale joked. "Very proud of the guys for battling."
Patrick Corbin (5-13) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief in extras. Jean Segura, Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt homered, as Arizona improved to 5-1 against Atlanta this season, winning for the eighth time in the last 12 matchups between the two clubs.
"This is not an easy game and they did a really good job of battling," Hale said. "Give them credit for scoring those runs in the ninth, they did not give in."
Both teams started their aces, but it wasn't much of a pitching duel. D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke allowed four earned runs in six innings, giving up six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Braves right-hander Julio Teheran allowed six earned runs on 11 hits in six innings, walking none and striking out four.
Ender Inciarte recorded four hits, including a two-run double off Greinke in the fifth inning. But the former D-back also struck out looking with two out to end the top of the eighth and ninth innings.
"We had a legit chance to win," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It was against one of the better pitchers in baseball. That's a tough one to lose because it was right there in front of us. It felt like with what we did there in the ninth, we were going to pull it off."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Greinke fans 2K: Greinke recorded the 2,000th strikeout of his career when he fanned Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman to open the fourth. He is the sixth-fastest active pitcher to reach the milestone, according to STATS, LLC, doing so in 385 games. Greinke is the 78th pitcher in MLB history to achieve the feat.
"I guess I don't really think about it at the moment, but it is a pretty big number," Greinke said. More >
Dual threat: Between recording a RBI in both the sixth and ninth innings, Markakis fueled his three-hit night when he doubled and scored in the eighth. The veteran outfielder also shined with the glove racing down the long drives hit by Mitch Haniger and Drury off of Mauricio Cabrera with a runner on first base in the ninth.
"[Markakis] is a leader on this team," Braves utility man Jace Peterson said. "He doesn't say much, but he's a leader on this team, just by the way he plays and the way he handles himself every day. To save the game two plays in a row and then come up with those big hits and keep the line moving was big."
Not the same: Even though Teheran says he feels fine physically, he simply hasn't been the same since he tweaked his right lat muscle on July 22. His fastball velocity has been down a tick and in this latest outing he was unable to command his fastball on the glove side of the plate. The All-Star hurler has allowed at least five earned runs three times as his ERA has gone from 2.46 to 3.15 ERA over his past seven starts.
"I don't think I did my job," Teheran said. "I feel good, but it was just a bad game for me." More >
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Michael Bourn tripled with one out in the first, then again in the seventh. The D-backs have 49 three-baggers this season, setting the franchise record. Bourn is the sixth D-backs player to hit multiple triples in a game and the first to do so this season. More >
In the third, Goldschmidt stole second base, his 20th of the season and Arizona's 31st steal of August, setting a franchise record for steals in a month. Goldschmidt later hit his 20th homer of the year, becoming just the third first baseman since 1974 to post 20 homers, 20 doubles and 20 stolen bases in consecutive seasons, joining Jeff Bagwell and Ryan Klesko.
WHAT'S NEXT Braves:Matt Wisler will be on the mound when Atlanta and Arizona conclude this four-game series on Thursday at 9:40 p.m. ET. This will be Wisler's first appearance since he was demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this month.
D-backs:Robbie Ray starts the series finale against the Braves at 6:40 p.m. MST on Thursday. Ray (7-11, 4.31) won NL Player of the Week last week after winning a pair of starts against the Mets and the Padres, posting a 1.50 ERA and striking out 18. He notched a career-high 13 strikeouts against San Diego in his last start Saturday.