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Atlanta at Arizona

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Atlanta (35-26) «00025000411161
Arizona (24-37)002000230780

Braves 11, Diamondbacks 7

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PHOENIX -- Bobby Cox said a long goodbye to Arizona's Chase Field. For almost four hours, he watched his Braves build a big lead, blow it, then break it open again for an 11-7 victory on Thursday.

"That was a hard game to enjoy, it really was," said the longtime manager who will retire at the end of the season. "It would never end. ... That would have been a tough one to swallow if we lost."

After the Braves blew a five-run lead, Brooks Conrad scrambled home to break a ninth-inning tie, banging into catcher John Hester while diving headfirst across the plate.

"He was kind of blocking the plate," Conrad said. "A situation like that you've got to do anything you can to score that run. So my thought process was if the ball beat me, I'd try to do something to jar it loose. He got the ball right in the web and I pretty much got there at the same time. There was enough of the plate to kind of get around him."

The speedy Conrad hit for David Ross, who had a double, single and two RBI. Conrad singled, stole second and beat right fielder Justin Upton's throw after pinch-hitter Brian McCann's one-out single off closer Chad Qualls (1-3).

"For only playing one inning, he got dirty," Cox said.

Jason Heyward and Eric Hinske also had RBI singles off Qualls. A sacrifice fly by Troy Glaus off Carlos Rosa capped the late burst.

Atlanta matched its season high with 16 hits yet still left 12 on base for a total of 47. The Diamondbacks struck out 16 times, a season high for them and for Braves pitchers. Arizona batters have struck out 570 times in 61 games, by far the most in the majors.

"We're long past it being a concern,. The more we talk about it, the more it happens, I think," said Arizona manager A.J. Hinch, who added a big understatement. "Probably lineup-wise we strike out a significantly amount more than we should."

Reliever Jonny Venters' throwing error on what should have been an inning-ending double play set up a three-run double by ex-Brave Kelly Johnson in the eighth that tied it at 7.

Peter Moylan (3-1) got the final out of the eighth for the win. He was on the mound when outfielders Nate McLouth and Heyward collided on a game-winning inside-the-park home run by Gerardo Parra in Wednesday night's 2-1 loss.

Arizona loaded the bases in the ninth against Billy Wagner, but Rusty Ryal and pinch hitter Chris Snyder struck out to end it.

Atlanta leadoff batter Martin Prado reached five times on three hits and two walks.

Tommy Hanson, looking for his fourth straight win, had a 7-2 lead when he left after 5 1/3 innings.

"He didn't get any breaks," Cox said.

Asked if Hanson throwing a season-high 121 pitches had anything to do with umpire Angel Hernandez's challenging strike zone, Cox said, "It was rough. That's all I've got to say."

Hanson's two-run single had been the highlight of a five-run Atlanta fifth inning. All five runs were charged to reliever Cesar Chavez in just two-thirds of an inning after erratic Dontrelle Willis was lifted with the game tied 2-2 through four.

Chris Young led off the Arizona seventh with his 10th home run, then Johnson singled and later scored on Stephen Drew's groundout to cut the lead to 7-4.

In the eighth, Venters walked Mark Reynolds with one out to bring up Ryal, who bounced to the pitcher for what looked to be an inning-ending double play. Venters, though, threw the ball into center field and both runners were safe. He regrouped to strike out Adam LaRoche, but walked Young to load the bases.

The lefty stayed in to face the left-handed hitting Johnson, who lashed an offspeed pitch just inside the right field line to clear the bases.

Willis, who was bothered by a torn fingernail, gave up two runs and three hits, throwing 95 pitches in four innings.

Notes

McLouth had the day off after his collision with Heyward on Wednesday night. McLouth's head slammed to the ground on the play. ... Willis had 3-0 counts on the first three batters and four of the first five. He walked three of them. .... The Braves are 4-4 on their longest trip of the season, which ends with three at Minnesota.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

D. Ross
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

K. Johnson
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado, 2B4130211 .326
Jason Heyward, RF6122016 .272
Chipper Jones, 3B3111201 .233
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1011000 .312
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Troy Glaus, 1B4111115 .275
Yunel Escobar, SS3210302 .246
Omar Infante, LF-3B^LF4001005 .319
David Ross, C4122002 .315
   b- Brooks Conrad, PH-3B1110000 .275
Melky Cabrera, CF4120112 .249
Tommy Hanson, P3112012 .154
    Cristhian Martinez, P1000001 .000
    Gregor Blanco, LF00000001.000
   c- Brian McCann, PH-C1111000 .267
Totals3911161195  
a-singled for Moylan in the 9th
b-singled for Ross in the 9th
c-singled for Blanco in the 9th
Batting
2B - Troy Glaus (9, Gutierrez), David Ross (5, Valdez), Melky Cabrera (7, Willis)
SF - Troy Glaus (3), Omar Infante (2)
RBI - Jason Heyward 2 (42), Chipper Jones (22), Eric Hinske (23), Troy Glaus (46), Omar Infante (15), David Ross 2 (15), Tommy Hanson 2 (3), Brian McCann (27)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward (18), Chipper Jones (5), David Ross (8), Tommy Hanson 2 (2)
SB - Yunel Escobar (5, 2nd base off Willis/Hester), Brooks Conrad (3, 2nd base off Qualls/Hester)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Jonny Venters (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson 5.14222100 3.69
Cristhian Martinez 1.2222021 3.86
Jonny Venters (BS,2) 0.2130220 1.03
Peter Moylan (W,3-1) 0.1000000 3.51
Billy Wagner 1100220 1.48
HBP - Reynolds (by Tommy Hanson)
WP - Tommy Hanson (2), Cristhian Martinez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 121-76, Cristhian Martinez 29-18, Jonny Venters 28-14, Peter Moylan 3-2, Billy Wagner 28-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 5-2, Cristhian Martinez 2-1, Jonny Venters 1-0, Billy Wagner 1-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 24, Cristhian Martinez 7, Jonny Venters 6, Peter Moylan 1, Billy Wagner 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Kelly Johnson, 2B4223120 .279
Conor Jackson, LF5021001 .246
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Rosa, P0000000 .000
Stephen Drew, SS4001111 .274
Justin Upton, RF5020033 .246
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000133 .245
Mark Reynolds, 3B2100210 .212
Gerardo Parra, CF2000000 .250
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH1000002 .200
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   b- Rusty Ryal, PH-LF2100013 .283
John Hester, C4110034 .188
   c- Chris Snyder, PH1000013 .205
Dontrelle Willis, P0000000 .250
    Cesar Valdez, P0000000 .000
    Chris Young, CF2211110 .271
Totals36786616  
a-flied out for Boyer in the 6th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Gutierrez in the 8th
c-struck out for Hester in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (20, Venters), Conor Jackson (10, Hanson)
HR - Chris Young (10, Cr. Martinez)
SH - Dontrelle Willis (1)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 3 (32), Conor Jackson (11), Stephen Drew (25), Chris Young (41)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson 3 (13)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Reynolds-Johnson-LaRoche, Drew-Johnson-LaRoche
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dontrelle Willis 4322620 4.39
Cesar Valdez 0.2655110 7.65
Blaine Boyer 1.1000200 7.20
Juan Gutierrez 2200010 9.28
Chad Qualls (L,1-3) 0.1544010 7.77
Carlos Rosa 0.2000000 6.75
IBB - Cabrera by Cesar Valdez
WP - Dontrelle Willis 2 (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 95-49, Cesar Valdez 32-17, Blaine Boyer 21-11, Juan Gutierrez 27-17, Chad Qualls 22-13, Carlos Rosa 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 4-5, Blaine Boyer 2-1, Juan Gutierrez 2-3
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 20, Cesar Valdez 9, Blaine Boyer 5, Juan Gutierrez 8, Chad Qualls 6, Carlos Rosa 2
Game Information
Attendance - 26969
Game Time - 3:53
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West