Braves 9, Diamondbacks 5

Braves 9, Diamondbacks 5

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With the Adam Duvall experiment long come to a close, Ender Inciarte drew the start against the lefty Robbie Ray, and it paid off big time in the 9th with the Braves down a run, as Inciarte hit a go-ahead 3 run homer off the right-hander Brad Boxberger.  That looked like fun, so Lucas Duda homered, Ronald Acuna Jr. tripled, and Johan Camargo homered, and the Braves had put together a 6 run 9th.

The late fireworks obscured what started out as a pitcher’s duel.  Touki Toussaint broke up Ray’s no-hitter in the 6th with a 1 out single, and scored the game’s first run in front of Acuna’s 25th home run of the season. In addition to collecting his first Major League hit, Toussaint threw 5 2/3 innings of 2 hit ball.  However, 5 walks contributed to a total of 105 pitches, only 56 of which were strikes, and the Diamondbacks took a 4 – 2 lead in the bottom of the 6th.

With 1 out in the 6th, A.J. Pollock singled, and Daniel Descalso walked.  Touki could have gotten out of it, as Steven Souza followed with a potential double-play ball, but Ozzie Albies judged that Dansby Swanson could not get to the 2nd base bag in time.  Ozzie eschewed the force, took the sure out at first, and the Braves turned it over to Luke Jackson.

Luke really could have used the force. He allowed 3 hits and a walk, and had to turn it over to Chad Sobotka to get the 3rd out. 2 runs were charged to Toussaint; 2 runs were charged to Jackson.

Acuna scored the 2nd of his 3 runs in the 8th following a walk, a ground out, and a Freddie Freeman single.  Freeman and Albies joined Acuna with 2 hits.  Brad Brach allowed the final run while closing it out in the 9th.  Sam Freeman pitched a hitless 8th, and got the win.  The bullpen added 4 walks in their 3 1/3 innings.

The Braves take the series 3 – 1, and hold a 4.5 game lead in the NL East.

At San Francisco on Monday.

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