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Freeman leads Braves past D-Backs

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PHOENIX -- Freddie Freeman and Mike Minor almost made it look easy.

Freeman hit a pair of two-run home runs and drove in a career-high five runs, and Minor struck out nine in a career high eight innings, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 10-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday night.

"It's just good for the whole team just to go deep in the game and not have the relievers having so many innings like they had last year," Minor said. "Really it just puts the team at ease."

The Braves scored three runs in the sixth and eighth innings, highlighted by a two-run single by Juan Francisco in the sixth and Martin Prado's eighth-inning, two-run double. Freeman has 10 RBI in his past three games.

"Just feeling good at the plate and got a couple of mistakes, and I was actually able to hit them," Freeman said. It was the second two-homer game of his career.

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Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter (0-1) had his longest outing of the season after struggling in his first two. He was charged with four earned runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings Thursday, dropping his earned run average to 10.22.

"I finally felt real comfortable on the mound," Collmenter said. "It was nice to finally understand what I was doing.

"We battled back in the game and you think everything is going well and then four hits [in the sixth inning]. they couldn't have been thrown in better spots."

The defending NL West champions lost their third straight.

"Baseball," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's not fun to be a part of it, but you have to endure these times. We've been through it before, last year."

The defending NL West champions hadn't lost three in a row since Sept. 14, 16 and 17 of last season.

Minor (2-1) allowed one earned run on five hits. He gave up back to back singles in the fourth but Jason Kubel was thrown out at home by Prado while trying to score from second on Aaron Hill's single to left field.

The Diamondbacks tied it at two in the fifth after A.J. Pollock got his first major league RBI on a sacrifice fly.

After Francisco's single during a three-run sixth, Freeman went deep again, this time off reliever Wade Miley, to make it 7-2.

The Diamondbacks were without right fielder Justin Upton in the starting lineup for the third straight game. The two-time All-Star has been limited because of a thumb injury.

Notes

  • Chipper Jones was given a day off Thursday. He's played in six of the Braves' 13 games after missing the first four recovering from left knee surgery, and dealt with swelling in the knee late last week. "If it acts up, we'll give him another day," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
  • RHP Tim Hudson made a third rehab start at Triple-A Gwinnett Wednesday, tossing five innings and allowing one unearned run on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Gonzalez said Hudson will throw closer to 100 pitches in a rehab start next Tuesday with the plan for him to be activated for a series against Pittsburgh later this month.. RHP Anthony Varvaro made his first rehab appearance Thursday for Gwinnett, and pitched a scoreless inning.
  • Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew played three innings in an extended spring training game Thursday in Scottsdale and went 1-for-4 with a double. Drew is coming back from breaking his right ankle in July.
  • Video of the Coyotes' game-winning goal in overtime at Chicago in Game 5 of their NHL playoff series drew cheers.
 
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Freddie Freeman hits two home runs and drives in five to help send the D-Backs to a third straight loss.  (US Presswire)
Freddie Freeman hits two home runs and drives in five to help send the D-Backs to a third straight loss. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

F. Freeman
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 5
Atlanta

M. Minor
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 9
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3120200 .283
Martin Prado, LF4312103 .250
Freddie Freeman, 1B5235011 .260
Brian McCann, C5120002 .293
Dan Uggla, 2B5130000 .240
Jason Heyward, RF5121012 .348
Juan Francisco, 3B5022011 .292
Tyler Pastornicky, SS5010003 .171
Mike Minor, P4100022 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000002 .273
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
Totals4210161035  
a-flied out for Minor in the 9th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (4, Paterson), Freddie Freeman (4, Paterson), Jason Heyward (2, Miley), Juan Francisco (3, Paterson)
HR - Freddie Freeman 2 (3, Collmenter, Miley)
RBI - Martin Prado 2 (6), Freddie Freeman 5 (11), Jason Heyward (7), Juan Francisco 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado 2 (4), Freddie Freeman (2)
SB - Jason Heyward (5, 2nd base off Collmenter/Blanco)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Martin Prado 1
E - Dan Uggla (4, Dropped fly)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Minor (W,2-1) 8521090 3.10
Jonny Venters 1000210 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 112-76, Jonny Venters 18-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 10-5, Jonny Venters 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 29, Jonny Venters 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
A.J. Pollock, CF3001001 .000
Willie Bloomquist, SS4000031 .233
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Jason Kubel, LF4010020 .243
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4010000 .206
Ryan Roberts, 3B3000112 .191
Aaron Hill, 2B3010122 .227
Gerardo Parra, RF4110014 .241
Henry Blanco, C3110010 .286
Josh Collmenter, P1001000 .000
    Wade Miley, P0000000 .333
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
   a- John McDonald, PH-SS1000000 .200
Totals30252210  
a-grounded out for Paterson in the 8th
Batting
SF - A.J. Pollock (1)
SH - Josh Collmenter (1)
RBI - A.J. Pollock (1), Josh Collmenter (1)
SB - Gerardo Parra (3, 3rd base off Minor/McCann), Henry Blanco (1, 2nd base off Minor/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gerardo Parra 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Collmenter (L,0-1) 5.1644141 10.22
Wade Miley 1.2533111 3.12
Joe Paterson 1333100 13.50
J.J. Putz 1200000 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Collmenter 98-63, Wade Miley 34-22, Joe Paterson 22-13, J.J. Putz 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Collmenter 6-6, Wade Miley 3-0, Joe Paterson 3-0, J.J. Putz 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Collmenter 23, Wade Miley 10, Joe Paterson 7, J.J. Putz 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18110
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez