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Davis holds surging Braves in check in return from cancer surgery

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ATLANTA -- Doug Davis received more than the usual pats on the back after he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.

"I don't think I remember shedding a tear, but I did give him a big hug," Arizona catcher Chris Snyder said. He wasn't alone. It turned into a group hug in the Diamondbacks' dugout.

Davis was relaxed and in control in his first start following his return from cancer surgery, giving up only one run in seven innings, and the inspired Diamondbacks hit five homers and rolled to an 11-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

"When you get five runs it takes a lot of pressure off," Davis said.

"It felt great. It was kind of hard to control the emotions sometimes because I'm excited to be back and I'm anxious to throw my pitches and I got away on some of the pitches and walked a couple, but overall that was the only downside."

Manager Bob Melvin said the return of Davis, who had a cancerous thyroid gland removed on April 10, helped the Diamondbacks remember there are more important matters than the team's three straight losses at Florida this week.

"He took the mound, he had to have some goose bumps," Melvin said. "But once he got into the flow of the game, it was just another game. He's an amazing guy."

"Everybody kind of realized what they are all about today, a little more than baseball."

The extra fire showed in Arizona's offensive resurgence.

The Diamondbacks, held to only three runs in the three losses at Florida, broke out of the slump by scoring their most runs of the season. Arizona's five homers were another high mark for the season. Two of the homers came in a five-run first inning.

Davis (2-1), making his first major league start since April 8, gave up only five hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.

Doctors declared Davis cancer-free this month. He came off the disabled list after going 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in two rehab starts for Triple-A Tucson.

"I tried to throw strikes and get my team back in the dugout as soon as possible," Davis said, adding "Everybody gave me a hug" after his last inning.

Braves catcher Brian McCann said Atlanta's players also were moved by the comeback.

"You're talking about life-threatening stuff," McCann said. "To overcome it and to get back on the field so early, we all in here tip our hats to him. It was a great performance."

Stephen Drew and Eric Byrnes hit homers and Snyder added a two-run double in Arizona's five-run first inning. Conor Jackson, Chris Young and Mark Reynolds also went deep.

The Braves, coming off a four-game sweep of the New York Mets, had their five-game winning streak end.

Davis gave up a run-scoring single to Kelly Johnson in the second and gained momentum after pitching out of a third-inning jam. Mark Kotsay and Chipper Jones opened the inning with singles, but Mark Teixeira hit into a double play and Davis struck out Jeff Francoeur to end the threat.

Atlanta's Jo-Jo Reyes (2-2) gave up six hits and eight runs, seven earned, in five innings. He walked three, including two in the first.

"It was a rough game for him," said Braves manager Bobby Cox, who said before the game he has agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2009.

"He just didn't have control of three of his pitches tonight and got behind and walked guys and just was off on his location. This is his first real bad ball game. ... He'll learn, I like him a lot."

Reyes has allowed 14 earned runs in nine innings in two career starts against the Diamondbacks.

"It's a humbling sport," Reyes said. "You know you're going to have these days where you're going to hit rock bottom, but you've just got to go out there and work the next four days."

Notes

  • After falling behind 10-1, the Braves lifted Jones in the sixth inning, Teixeira in the seventh and Brian McCann in the eighth.
  • Braves C Brayan Pena was designated for assignment before the game.
  • Atlanta RHP John Smoltz will begin a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment Saturday with Double-A Mississippi.
  • Rookie RHP Max Scherzer, removed from Arizona's rotation with the return of Davis, pitched a perfect eighth inning in his new role as a set-up reliever.
 
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Fresh off beating cancer, Doug Davis allows one run over seven innings and gets the win.  (AP)
Fresh off beating cancer, Doug Davis allows one run over seven innings and gets the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

D. Davis
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 4
Arizona

E. Byrnes
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF5123000 .247
Stephen Drew, SS5121001 .288
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000012 .295
    Augie Ojeda, 2B1000000 .345
Conor Jackson, 1B4211100 .290
Justin Upton, RF3100220 .291
Chris Snyder, C3112121 .272
    Max Scherzer, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
Eric Byrnes, LF4222011 .220
    Jeff Salazar, LF0000000 .261
Mark Reynolds, 3B3311000 .230
Doug Davis, P1000000 .500
   a- Robby Hammock, PH-C1000000 .182
Totals341191046  
a-grounded out for Davis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Snyder (11, Reyes)
HR - Chris Young (10, Resop), Stephen Drew (7, Reyes), Conor Jackson (6, Reyes), Eric Byrnes (5, Reyes), Mark Reynolds (8, Ring)
SH - Doug Davis 2 (3)
RBI - Chris Young 3 (27), Stephen Drew (20), Conor Jackson (34), Chris Snyder 2 (25), Eric Byrnes 2 (19), Mark Reynolds (29)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Snyder 2 (7), Eric Byrnes 2 (10)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Drew-Hudson-Jackson, Hudson-Drew-Jackson, Drew-Jackson
E - Doug Slaten (1, Throwing), Justin Upton (5, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis (W,2-1) 7511240 2.70
Max Scherzer 1000010 2.21
Doug Slaten 1100010 2.45
HBP - Diaz (by Doug Davis)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 89-53, Max Scherzer 8-5, Doug Slaten 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 9-5, Max Scherzer 2-0, Doug Slaten 2-1
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 26, Max Scherzer 3, Doug Slaten 5
Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS4000002 .308
Mark Kotsay, CF4010000 .295
    Phil Stockman, P0000000 .000
Chipper Jones, 3B1010100 .415
   a- Omar Infante, PH-3B2010000 .306
Mark Teixeira, 1B3000012 .274
    Greg Norton, 1B1000001 .294
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000011 .258
Brian McCann, C2120100 .337
    Royce Ring, P0000000 .000
    Gregor Blanco, CF1000012 .276
Matt Diaz, LF3000014 .258
Kelly Johnson, 2B3011002 .300
Jo-Jo Reyes, P1000002 .000
   b- Ruben Gotay, PH1000010 .241
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
    Corky Miller, C1000010 .100
Totals3116126  
a-flied out for Jones in the 6th
b-struck out for Reyes in the 5th
Batting
RBI - Kelly Johnson (22)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Teixeira
E - Matt Diaz (1, Misplayed grounder), Chipper Jones (6, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Jo-Jo Reyes (L,2-2) 5687343 5.84
Chris Resop 2222111 5.94
Royce Ring 1111001 6.75
Phil Stockman 1000010 0.00
HBP - Reynolds (by Chris Resop)
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 97-59, Chris Resop 37-22, Royce Ring 20-13, Phil Stockman 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 7-5, Chris Resop 2-2, Royce Ring 2-1, Phil Stockman 1-1
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 25, Chris Resop 9, Royce Ring 4, Phil Stockman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27263
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Jim Reynolds