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Prado's walk-off single in ninth rallies Braves past D-Backs

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ATLANTA -- Another blown save was painful for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but it was a big lift for the Atlanta Braves, who are suddenly on a roll.

Martin Prado's bases-loaded bloop single drove in two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Braves to a 6-5 win over Arizona on Friday night, extending the Diamondbacks' bullpen woes.

Arizona opened a five-game road trip with its seventh straight loss. Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch called it "a dagger in the heart."

"I'm at a loss for words. It's a tough one," he said.

The Braves trailed 4-0 before rallying with four runs in the seventh. They rallied again when Arizona closer Chad Qualls (0-2) couldn't hold a 5-4 lead in the ninth. It was his third blown save in nine chances, and the Diamondbacks' bullpen is only 7 for 15 in save opportunities.

The Braves have won four straight for the first time this season and are 9-4 since a nine-game losing streak.

Eric Hinske led off the ninth with a single against Qualls. After Omar Infante's fourth hit, a bunt single, moved pinch-runner Brandon Hicks to second, Nate McLouth's sacrifice left runners on second and third with one out.

Qualls issued an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Melky Cabrera to load the bases before Prado reached out and punched the game-winning hit into shallow right field.

"In that situation, with one out, I knew I would get a pretty good pitch to hit," Prado said. "He threw me a slider. I just put the bat on it. Fortunately, it was a good result for us."

Prado was surrounded by teammates in a celebration near first base as the Diamondbacks were left to look for answers following another blown lead.

"It's really disappointing," Qualls said. "I felt like we were in control of the game."

Qualls said his hope after walking Cabrera was to end the game with a double-play grounder from Prado.

"There was no doubt in my mind we were going to win the game," Qualls said. "I felt like I threw good pitches the whole inning."

The loss left Qualls with a 7.62 ERA.

"He didn't execute his pitches," Hinch said.

The Braves trailed 4-0 before pulling even on seventh-inning homers by Brian McCann and McLouth.

"The way we won, this was big," McCann said. "It just shows that we can come back from four or five runs down and win games."

Arizona took a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth. Conor Jackson hit a double off Billy Wagner (2-0). Justin Upton, who had his first three-hit game since April 14, drove in Jackson with a single.

McCann's leadoff homer ended Ian Kennedy's shutout bid. McLouth's three-run shot off Juan Gutierrez tied the game.

Upton, who took a .224 batting average into the game, drove in two runs and stole a base. He also had a run-scoring double in the first inning off Kenshin Kawakami.

Mark Reynolds' two-run double gave Arizona a 4-0 lead in the fifth.

Kennedy gave up seven hits and three runs in 6 1-3 innings.

Kelly Johnson, making his first return to Atlanta after four seasons with the Braves, had two hits and scored two runs. Johnson reached on a fielding error by first baseman Troy Glaus to lead off the game and scored on Upton's double.

Chris Snyder's fourth-inning double drove in Reynolds for a 2-0 lead. Reynolds' fifth-inning double drove in Johnson and Upton.

Kennedy struck out Glaus after McCann's homer in the seventh but was pulled after giving up singles to Hinske and Infante.

Gutierrez gave up McLouth's tying homer into the right-field seats, leaving the right-hander's ERA at 9.20.

Kawakami gave up five hits and four runs, three earned, in 4 1/3 innings in his first no-decision after six losses.

Each center fielder made a nice catch early in the game.

Arizona's Chris Young raced back to grab a long drive by Prado in front of the wall in the first inning.

In the second, McLouth, running toward left field, took an extra-base hit away from Young by making a running catch before crashing into the wall. McLouth appeared to be dazed for a few seconds but remained in the game.

Notes

  • Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens said an MRI on his strained left hamstring showed blood in the muscle. He had the test Thursday after a setback Monday in Milwaukee while trying to run. He has been out since April 30 and could miss at least two to three more weeks.
  • The first-inning bobble by Glaus ended his streak of 26 games without an error.
  • Braves LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (right knee) gave up one hit in two scoreless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett.
 
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Martin Prado is the center of attention after driving in the winning run in the ninth.   (AP)
Martin Prado is the center of attention after driving in the winning run in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

J. Upton
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

O. Infante
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Kelly Johnson, 2B5220011 .274
Conor Jackson, LF4110112 .258
Justin Upton, RF5132010 .237
Adam LaRoche, 1B5000036 .246
Mark Reynolds, 3B4112133 .228
Stephen Drew, SS3000114 .302
Chris Young, CF4010002 .295
Chris Snyder, C3011101 .230
Ian Kennedy, P2000021 .133
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   a- Rusty Ryal, PH1000012 .379
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Totals36595413  
a-struck out for Gutierrez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (11, Kawakami), Conor Jackson (2, Wagner), Justin Upton (7, Kawakami), Mark Reynolds (4, Venters), Chris Snyder (4, Kawakami)
SH - Ian Kennedy (2)
RBI - Justin Upton 2 (18), Mark Reynolds 2 (29), Chris Snyder (17)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds 2 (12), Chris Snyder (12)
SB - Justin Upton (6, 2nd base off Kawakami/McCann), Mark Reynolds (2, 2nd base off Kawakami/McCann)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Drew-LaRoche
Arizona Diamondbacks
Ian Kennedy 6.1733251 3.58
Juan Gutierrez (BS,2) 0.2111011 9.20
Aaron Heilman 1100000 3.45
Chad Qualls (BS,3; L,0-2) 0.1322100 7.62
IBB - Cabrera by Chad Qualls
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 109-70, Juan Gutierrez 13-8, Aaron Heilman 13-8, Chad Qualls 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 5-6, Juan Gutierrez 1-0, Aaron Heilman 1-2, Chad Qualls 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 25, Juan Gutierrez 3, Aaron Heilman 4, Chad Qualls 5
Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado, 2B4022100 .317
Jason Heyward, RF4010001 .299
Chipper Jones, 3B4000022 .228
Brian McCann, C4121000 .253
Troy Glaus, 1B3000111 .261
Eric Hinske, LF4120001 .349
    Brandon Hicks, PR0100000 .000
Omar Infante, SS4240000 .313
Nate McLouth, CF3113022 .172
Kenshin Kawakami, P0000000 .111
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000000 .240
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .250
   b- Matt Diaz, PH1000010 .178
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
   c- Melky Cabrera, PH0000100 .196
Totals32612636  
a-grounded out for Venters in the 6th
b-struck out for Medlen in the 7th
c-was walked intentionally for Wagner in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Heyward (6, Kennedy)
HR - Brian McCann (3, Kennedy), Nate McLouth (3, Gutierrez)
SH - Nate McLouth (3), Kenshin Kawakami (3)
RBI - Martin Prado 2 (14), Brian McCann (12), Nate McLouth 3 (10)
CS - Jason Heyward (1, 3rd base by Kennedy/Snyder), Omar Infante (1, 3rd base by Kennedy/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Troy Glaus (3, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Kenshin Kawakami 4.1543270 5.79
Jonny Venters 1.2200010 1.32
Kris Medlen 1000010 2.35
Takashi Saito 1000220 2.40
Billy Wagner (W,2-0) 1211020 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Kenshin Kawakami 96-60, Jonny Venters 19-14, Kris Medlen 10-8, Takashi Saito 25-13, Billy Wagner 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenshin Kawakami 3-4, Jonny Venters 3-1, Kris Medlen 1-1
Batters Faced - Kenshin Kawakami 21, Jonny Venters 7, Kris Medlen 3, Takashi Saito 5, Billy Wagner 5
Game Information
Attendance - 30657
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jim Joyce