Arizona at Atlanta

Scoreboard
Arizona (37-37)000000400491
Atlanta (40-34) «10003200x651

Braves 6, Diamondbacks 4

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

ATLANTA -- Trevor Cahill was too wild with his pitches and too wild with a crucial throw to second base.

That was too much for Cahill and the Arizona Diamondbacks to overcome.

Arizona spotted the Braves six runs but their late comeback fell short as Atlanta used homers by Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward to beat the Diamondbacks 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Ryan Roberts hit a three-run homer and Chris Young also homered in Arizona's four-run seventh.

Cahill, who had been 4-0 in June, gave up six runs - four earned - four hits and four walks in five-plus innings and had a key throwing error that set up two unearned runs in the Braves' three-run fifth.

The four walks were Cahill's highest total since his six walks in his first start of the season at San Diego on April 10.

"I just fell behind," Cahill said. "I just couldn't put them away. I was just trying to be too fine."

The Braves have started a 10-game homestand, their longest of the season, with two wins over the Diamondbacks.

Heyward, hitting second for the second straight night, gave the Braves a 1-0 lead with his first-inning homer. He hit a belt-high pitch from Cahill deep into the seats in center for his 12th homer. It was Heyward's fourth homer during his career-best 12-game hitting streak.

More on Diamondbacks-Braves
Related links
More MLB coverage

Cahill (6-6) then gave up a double to Martin Prado before recording 11 straight outs.

Cahill's throwing error and three walks led to two unearned runs in the Braves' three-run fifth. Jones walked and moved to second on Freddie Freeman's single to right. Cahill fielded Andrelton Simmons' grounder and threw low to second base for an error, allowing Jones to score.

"I was thinking double play," Cahill said. "I just should have taken my time. But I threw it away."

Freeman and Simmons scored on fly balls by Michael Bourn and Prado.

Cahill was pulled after walking Uggla and giving up Jones' homer to center in the sixth. It was Jones' sixth homer of the season and 460th of his career.

"I've finally got my swing right," said Jones, who returned on June 10 after spending two weeks on the disabled list with a left calf contusion. "I'm feeling good. I've got some confidence.

"This game is fun when you're playing well and you feel like you can go out and do some damage."

Tommy Hanson (9-4) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The Braves led 6-0 before Roberts' three-run homer in the seventh knocked Hanson out of the game. Young added a pinch-hit homer off Jonny Venters later in the inning to cut Atlanta's lead to two runs.

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to earn his NL-leading 22nd save. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said Kimbrel was "nasty and dominating."

Braves second baseman Dan Uggla helped preserve the two-run lead in the eighth. Arizona had runners on first and second when Uggla went to his left to snag Miguel Montero's grounder off Eric O'Flaherty. Uggla turned and threw to Simmons at second base to start a double play which ended the inning.

"If we don't turn that we still may be playing or we're behind the eight ball and maybe lose," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew was 1 for 4 as he came off the disabled list to make his first start since July 20, 2011. He missed most of the second half of 2011 and the first 73 games this season while recovering from a fractured right ankle that required surgery.

Drew led off the fourth with a single for the first hit off Hanson. He moved to second on Heyward's fielding error in right and advanced to third on Justin Upton's groundout.

Drew was stranded on third, starting a string of Arizona leaving a runner on third base in three straight innings. Aaron Hill doubled in the fifth and was left on third. Upton doubled with two outs in the sixth and moved to third on Hanson's wild pitch but the inning ended on Jason Kubel's strikeout.

"Really we didn't capitalize on our opportunities early in the game so it didn't work out very well," Gibson said.

Hanson faded quickly in the seventh, giving up consecutive singles to Montero and Hill before Roberts' homer cut the lead to 6-3.

Notes

The Diamondbacks placed RHP Daniel Hudson on the 15-day DL after an MRI on his right elbow showed a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament. Gibson said Hudson, who left Tuesday night's game with the injury, could seek a second opinion. ... LHP Patrick Corbin was recalled from Triple-A Reno to pitch in long relief. RHP Jonathan Albaladejo was optioned to Reno. ... RHP Josh Collmenter will take Hudson's spot in the rotation on Sunday at Milwaukee. ... Arizona RHP Trevor Bauer, the No. 3 pick in last year's amateur draft, will be called up to make his debut against the Braves in Thursday night's final game of the series. Bauer will face RHP Jair Jurrjens, who won at Boston on Friday in his return from the minors.

 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game
Arizona

R. Roberts
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

T. Hanson
IP 6.1
H 7
ER 3
BB 1
K 5
 

Related Video

December 22, 2014
Cardinals at 49ers Preview (2:53)
December 16, 2014
La Canfora previews Seahawks at Cardinals
(3:43)
December 9, 2014
Fantasy Update: Larry Fitzgerald
(0:40)
December 23, 2014
Fantasy Update: Devonta Freeman
(0:36)
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, CF3010000 .272
   a- Chris Young, PH-CF1111000 .225
Stephen Drew, SS4010010 .250
Justin Upton, RF3020101 .275
Jason Kubel, LF4000034 .293
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3000101 .285
Miguel Montero, C4110011 .277
Aaron Hill, 2B4120010 .297
Ryan Roberts, 3B4113011 .236
Trevor Cahill, P2000021 .065
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Bloomquist, PH1000000 .292
    Mike Zagurski, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P00000001.000
   c- Lyle Overbay, PH1000010 .342
Totals34494210  
a-homered for Parra in the 7th
b-grounded out for Shaw in the 7th
c-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (10, Hanson), Aaron Hill (16, Hanson)
HR - Chris Young (6, Venters), Ryan Roberts (6, Hanson)
RBI - Chris Young (17), Ryan Roberts 3 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young (6)
SB - Justin Upton (9, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
CS - Gerardo Parra (4, 2nd base by Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Trevor Cahill (2, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (L,6-6) 5464432 3.67
Bryan Shaw 1100020 2.90
Mike Zagurski 1000000 5.50
David Hernandez 1000020 2.81
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 96-59, Bryan Shaw 13-11, Mike Zagurski 9-6, David Hernandez 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 4-9, Bryan Shaw 1-0, Mike Zagurski 1-2
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 24, Bryan Shaw 4, Mike Zagurski 3, David Hernandez 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3001001 .309
Jason Heyward, RF3111100 .282
Martin Prado, LF3011000 .317
Brian McCann, C4000003 .234
Dan Uggla, 2B3100121 .238
Chipper Jones, 3B3212110 .290
Freddie Freeman, 1B4120010 .258
Andrelton Simmons, SS3100011 .325
Tommy Hanson, P2000121 .040
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Totals2865547  
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (20, Cahill)
HR - Jason Heyward (12, Cahill), Chipper Jones (6, Cahill)
SF - Michael Bourn (1), Martin Prado (3)
RBI - Michael Bourn (26), Jason Heyward (37), Martin Prado (29), Chipper Jones 2 (28)
SB - Martin Prado (9, 3rd base off Cahill/Montero)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Uggla-Simmons-Freeman
E - Jason Heyward (2, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson (W,9-4) 6.1733151 3.59
Jonny Venters (H,15) 0.2111011 4.03
Eric O'Flaherty (H,12) 1100110 3.33
Craig Kimbrel (S,22) 1000030 1.29
WP - Tommy Hanson (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 90-58, Jonny Venters 10-8, Eric O'Flaherty 17-9, Craig Kimbrel 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 7-6, Jonny Venters 1-0, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 26, Jonny Venters 3, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Craig Kimbrel 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20039
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Chris Guccione