June 7: Braves (32-28) 3, Diamondbacks (27-37) 4 – F/11
Following strong starts from their starters, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Atlanta Braves battled to an 4-3 final in extras. The D-Backs prevailed after an Aaron Hill doubled tied things in the ninth and a Gerardo Parra single won it in the 11th.
The D-Backs broke through first in the second inning against starter Ervin Santana. The Braves failed to complete an inning-ending double play on a throwing error by second baseman Dan Uggla on a ground ball off the bat of Ender Inciarte. Martin Prado came across to score to give Arizona a 1-0 lead after two.
In the next half inning, the Braves for the run right back when Andrelton Simmons came home to score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jason Heyward. Simmons had advanced to third on a throwing error by the right fielder Parra.
In the bottom half of the fifth, the D-Backs threatened with bases loaded and two away, but failed to plate across any runs to take the lead.
The Braves made them pay as an Evan Gattis double in the sixth plated Justin Upton to give Atlanta a 2-1 cushion.
The game stayed 2-1 in favor of the Braves until Hill’s big hit in the ninth pulled them even at two. Coming into the game as a pinch hitter, Hill sent a 2-2 offering from closer Craig Kimbrel into right field for an RBI two-bagger.
In a game of momentum shifts, the Braves notched what they believed to be the winning run in the top half of the 10th when Heyward homered to right with two away in the frame. However, Miguel Montero answered Heyward’s solo shot with one of his own in the bottom of the 10th to keep the extra-inning affair going.
Reliever Randall Delgado walked Freddie Freeman to start the 11th, but then struck out the side to prevent any harm.
Parra rewarded his effort with a game-winning single to center field with one out and two runners on base in the bottom half of the inning. He jumped on a 1-2, four-seam fastball from David Carpenter for the walk-off base knock.
Neither starter was part of the decision as Santana ended up going seven innings in the game. He allowed zero earned runs and struck out only one. Meanwhile, Wade Miley tossed seven innings of his own – striking out five and allowing one earned run.