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ATLANTA -- People like to say the Atlanta Braves live and die by the home run.
Jason Heyward says that's not always the case, and he offered Saturday's eighth inning as proof.
"We did a good job getting pitches to hit. We had some sac flies, we had some guys running the bases well, we had some guys drawing some walks," Heyward said. "When you're able to do things like that and put it all together, you have a lot of opportunities to win the game."
The Braves rallied for their 23rd comeback victory, tops in the National League. Atlanta has won two straight and four of five to lead Washington by 6 games in the NL East.
The Diamondbacks have lost four of five.
Braves starter Tim Hudson extended his winless streak to 10 straight starts, allowing five hits, four runs and four walks with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
When Kubel's throw bounced wide left of Chavez, Simmons was able to score easily to give the Braves a 6-5 lead.
"I was bluffing at first just to force a throw (from Kubel) and maybe make him start getting ready to throw home, too," Simmons said. "When I saw the ball went away from the third baseman, I noticed there was nobody in the space. The catcher was all the way back there, so I didn't think they were going to beat me to home plate."
Hernandez allowed two hits and four runs with no walks or strikeouts in one-third of an inning.
"We didn't deserve to win the game," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We walked five in an inning without a hit and only gave up two runs. Then we gave them seven walks, three hit batsmen, made an error. Just melted down. Didn't play good at all. It's frustrating. It's disappointing for sure."
The Diamondbacks took a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth on Miguel Montero's fifth homer, a solo shot, off Jordan Walden. Walden (3-1) earned the win despite allowing three hits and one run with no walks and one strikeout in one inning.
Arizona scored its first four runs on an RBI double by Montero, Kubel's RBI single in the fourth and A.J. Pollock's two-run homer in the sixth.
Hudson was chased when Pollock's sixth homer scored Kubel in the sixth to tie it at 4-all.
"I wish I'd have had an opportunity at a decision to get one more out, but the important thing is we won the ballgame," Hudson said. "We ended up having really nice inning in the eighth there. That's all that matters."
Arizona's rotation extended its winless streak to 21 games after Ian Kennedy gave up five hits, four runs, four walks and struck out four in 4 1/3 innings.
Hudson, who began the game with a 16.88 ERA with runners in scoring position, labored in the 27-pitch fourth as Arizona tied it at 2-all.
But the Braves took advantage of Kennedy's control problems in the fifth, scoring two runs without getting a hit and by putting just one ball, B.J. Upton's sacrifice fly RBI, in play.
Kennedy walked three of the first four batters he faced, getting chased on his free pass to Brian McCann.
Will Harris, the next Arizona pitcher, walked the first batter he faced, Uggla, to score Heyward. Upton's sacrifice fly scored Freeman to make it 4-2.
Kennedy was making his first appearance since serving a 10-game suspension imposed following a brawl between the Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 11.
Making his seventh straight start on the road, Kennedy dropped to 1-4 with a 6.28 ERA in 10 starts away from Phoenix.
|Jason Heyward provides a key double in the Braves' game-changing eighth inning. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Gerardo Parra, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.299|
|Martin Prado, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.243|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||3||1||1||0||2||0||1||.309|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||5||.319|
|Miguel Montero, C||5||2||2||2||0||1||2||.226|
|Jason Kubel, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.261|
|A.J. Pollock, CF||3||1||2||2||1||0||0||.255|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.286|
|Ian Kennedy, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||.179|
|Cody Ross, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Aaron Hill, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.302|
|a-singled for Ziegler in the 7th|
|b-singled for Bell in the 8th|
|2B - Miguel Montero (10, Hudson)|
|HR - Miguel Montero (5, Walden), A.J. Pollock (6, Hudson)|
|SH - Gerardo Parra (4)|
|RBI - Miguel Montero 2 (27), Jason Kubel (25), A.J. Pollock 2 (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pollock 2 (6)|
|SB - Paul Goldschmidt (8, 2nd base off Hudson/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Jason Kubel (2, Throwing)|
|David Hernandez (L,4-5; BS,5)||0.1||2||4||4||0||0||0||4.58|
|WP - Ian Kennedy (6)|
|HBP - Upton (by Ian Kennedy), Johnson (by David Hernandez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 97-50, Will Harris 21-13, Brad Ziegler 15-8, Heath Bell 13-7, David Hernandez 12-6, Tony Sipp 17-8, J.J. Putz 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-5, Brad Ziegler 1-1, Heath Bell 1-1, J.J. Putz 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 23, Will Harris 4, Brad Ziegler 4, Heath Bell 3, David Hernandez 5, Tony Sipp 4, J.J. Putz 2|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||4||1||0||0||0||1||2||.240|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||2||2||1||1||1||0||.227|
|Justin Upton, LF||4||2||3||0||0||0||1||.249|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||3||3||1||2||2||1||3||.305|
|Brian McCann, C||4||1||2||2||1||0||2||.241|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||1||1||2||1||1||1||.203|
|B.J. Upton, CF||2||0||0||2||1||2||1||.178|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||4||0||2||1||1||0||0||.322|
|Tim Hudson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.188|
|Reed Johnson, PH||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.247|
|a-hit by pitch for Walden in the 8th|
|2B - Jason Heyward 2 (12, Kennedy), Brian McCann (3, Kennedy), Dan Uggla (5, Sipp)|
|HR - Freddie Freeman (8, Kennedy)|
|SF - B.J. Upton 2 (3)|
|SH - Tim Hudson (4)|
|RBI - Jason Heyward (17), Freddie Freeman 2 (50), Brian McCann 2 (23), Dan Uggla 2 (30), B.J. Upton 2 (19), Chris Johnson (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Johnson (14)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Jordan Walden (W,3-1)||1||3||1||1||0||1||1||2.63|
|IBB - Goldschmidt by Anthony Varvaro|
|WP - Tim Hudson (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 100-65, Alex Wood 12-7, Anthony Varvaro 6-2, Luis Avilan 4-4, Jordan Walden 18-14, David Carpenter 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 8-7, Alex Wood 1-0, Jordan Walden 1-1, David Carpenter 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 25, Alex Wood 3, Anthony Varvaro 2, Luis Avilan 1, Jordan Walden 6, David Carpenter 4|
|Attendance - 39180|
|Game Time - 3:46|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn|