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D-Backs power up, finish four-game sweep in Atlanta

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ATLANTA -- Damion Easley said he's just trying to keep the Diamondbacks on track.

Tony Clark homered twice, Easley added a three-run drive and Arizona beat the Braves 9-3 Sunday to complete the first four-game sweep at Atlanta's Turner Field.

"I'm just trying to keep the train moving," said Easley, who has four homers in his last two games. "The pitches I thought I could hit, I put in play."

Arizona completed a 7-3 road trip with the sweep. The Phillies swept four games at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on May 5-8, 1995. Before this weekend, that was the last time the Braves had been swept in a four-game series -- home or away.

"That was probably the worst series we've ever had here that I can remember," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.

Clark, who began the day hitting .164, was 4-for-5 to lift his average to .208. Jeff DaVanon led off the game with a homer and added a two-run single in the second inning as Arizona took an early 4-0 lead against Jorge Sosa.

Clark added a second-inning homer that left him 5-for-5 with four homers in his career against Sosa. The right-hander finally retired Clark on a groundout in the third inning, but Clark singled against him in the sixth.

Clark hit his fifth homer off Chris Reitsma in Arizona's four-run ninth.

"For us to win four games against a team like that, it's very impressive," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

The Diamondbacks outscored the Braves 28-15 in the sweep. Miguel Batista and three relievers held the Braves to nine hits Sunday.

"We all just stank," said Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur, who was 3-for-17 in the series.

"We've come out and got our butts beat four or five days in a row. It's getting pretty tiring."

Batista (6-2) gave up seven hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Including two no-decisions, Batista has not lost since May 9 at Pittsburgh. He scattered nine hits in a complete-game victory over the New York Mets in his previous start.

"I'm doing my job," Batista said. "I'm making them swing the bat. What's really nice is seeing we are a consistent team now. We're not winning one and losing one."

Arizona completed its third four-game sweep on the road in team history. The previous two came in the 2002 season -- at the Mets on Aug. 3-5 and the Rockies on April 11-14.

The four-game sweep dropped the Braves to 1-6 on their 10-game homestand. The Braves fell below .500 for the first time since May 20.

"We've been hitting in spots and pitching in spots," Cox said. "We need to be consistent if we want to win. We're not real consistent right now."

Arizona matched its best road trip of 10 games or more by finishing 7-3 at Cincinnati, New York and Atlanta. Arizona has had two other 7-3 road trips, most recently on June 27-July 6, 2003.

Atlanta finally scored in the fifth against Batista. Todd Pratt reached on an infield single, moved to third on Marcus Giles' single and eventually scored on Edgar Renteria's groundout.

Sosa (1-7) gave up nine hits and five runs in six innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

The Braves knocked Batista out of the game in the seventh. With two outs, Giles doubled to left and Renteria followed with a two-run homer, his sixth, to cut Arizona's lead to 5-3.

Notes

  • The Diamondbacks' last sweep in Atlanta was a three-game series Aug. 10-12, 2001.
  • DaVanon, who had three hits in Saturday night's 13-9 win, had three hits Sunday for his first back-to-back multihit games since April 18-19 against San Francisco.
  • DaVanon hit leadoff for the sixth time this season.
  • Renteria is two homers away from matching his 2005 total with Boston.
 
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Damion Easley avoids Marcus Giles, but fails to throw out Edgar Renteria at first for a double play.  (AP)
Damion Easley avoids Marcus Giles, but fails to throw out Edgar Renteria at first for a double play. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

J. DaVanon
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

T. Clark
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Jeff DaVanon, CF5233000 .305
Damion Easley, SS4123101 .291
Chad Tracy, 3B5000012 .291
Luis Gonzalez, LF5000001 .272
Tony Clark, 1B5342000 .208
Shawn Green, RF5010010 .330
Johnny Estrada, C4121011 .307
Orlando Hudson, 2B4110011 .242
Miguel Batista, P3000024 .107
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
   a- Andy Green, PH1110000 .244
    Kevin Jarvis, P0000000 .000
Totals4191491610 
a-singled for Vizcaino in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jeff DaVanon (5, Reitsma), Damion Easley (5, Sosa)
HR - Jeff DaVanon (3, Sosa), Damion Easley (6, Reitsma), Tony Clark 2 (5, Sosa, Reitsma)
RBI - Jeff DaVanon 3 (21), Damion Easley 3 (21), Tony Clark 2 (14), Johnny Estrada (34)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff DaVanon 2 (10), Tony Clark (8)
Team LOB - 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel Batista (W,6-2) 6.2733251 4.12
Brandon Medders (H,5) 0.1000000 2.57
Luis Vizcaino (H,13) 1100010 2.54
Kevin Jarvis 1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 98-66, Brandon Medders 2-1, Luis Vizcaino 5-3, Kevin Jarvis 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 8-7, Luis Vizcaino 2-0, Kevin Jarvis 1-2
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 29, Brandon Medders 1, Luis Vizcaino 4, Kevin Jarvis 4
Atlanta Braves
Marcus Giles, 2B5130010 .250
Edgar Renteria, SS5123001 .323
Wilson Betemit, 3B3000102 .298
Andruw Jones, CF4000002 .284
Adam LaRoche, 1B4020000 .250
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010032 .247
Ryan Langerhans, LF4000023 .244
Todd Pratt, C3110100 .226
Jorge Sosa, P1000002 .133
    Macay McBride, P0000000 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000000 .200
    Mike Remlinger, P0000000 .000
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
   b- Brayan Pena, PH1000000 .318
Totals353932612 
a-grounded out for McBride in the 7th
b-flied out for Reitsma in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marcus Giles (14, Batista), Jeff Francoeur (9, Vizcaino)
HR - Edgar Renteria (6, Batista)
SH - Jorge Sosa (3)
RBI - Edgar Renteria 3 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (11)
Team LOB - 8
Atlanta Braves
Jorge Sosa (L,1-7) 6955042 5.07
Macay McBride 1000100 3.31
Mike Remlinger 1100010 3.38
Chris Reitsma 1444012 7.20
WP - Jorge Sosa (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Sosa 98-66, Macay McBride 13-8, Mike Remlinger 13-10, Chris Reitsma 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Sosa 6-8, Macay McBride 2-1, Mike Remlinger 1-1, Chris Reitsma 1-1
Batters Faced - Jorge Sosa 27, Macay McBride 4, Mike Remlinger 4, Chris Reitsma 7
Game Information
Attendance - 29141
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Jim Joyce