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Kimbrel blows save, D-Backs beat Braves in 11

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks squandered one opportunity after another through eight innings Saturday night.

Then, everything turned around.

Aaron Hill's RBI double off Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel forced extra innings, Miguel Montero homered to tie it again in the 10th, then Gerardo Parra's bloop single brought Cody Ross home from second in the 11th to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over the Braves.

"That broken-bat hit there at the end, it looks like a line drive tomorrow," Atlanta's Jason Heyward said.

One night after he set the Braves franchise record for career saves, Craig Kimbrel blew his third of the season in 19 opportunities.

"He's human, right?" Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The Diamondbacks were 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position before Aaron Hill's pinch-hit double off Kimbrel down the right-field line scored Ender Inciarte from second to tie it at 2-2.

Heyward homered with two outs in the 10th off Addison Reed to put the Braves up 3-2, but Miguel Montero tied it again with an opposite-field, one-out shot off Anthony Varvaro in Arizona's half of the inning.

Montero was 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position up to that time.

"I was already pretty mad at the plate already because I left so many guys on base," he said. "I really was thinking about hitting a homer. I am not going to lie. I wanted to get a good pitch and just hammer it. I think for my whole career that never happened until today. I don't usually do that. "

Ross singled with one out off David Carpenter (4-1), then Didi Gregorius walked to bring up Parra, whose soft flyball fell in front of center fielder B.J. Upton.

"Yes, it broke my bat," Parra said. "It was inside like 97 (mph) and I wanted to just make contact and put it in play."

Randall Delgado (1-1) struck out the side after a leadoff walk in the 11th to get the victory.

It was just the 18th blown save in 173 career opportunities for Kimbrel, still the third-highest percentage in baseball history for pitchers with at least 150 save tries.

Kimbrel, who earned a four-out save in Atlanta's 5-2 victory Friday night, got Chris Owings to fly out to start the ninth. But Inciarte walked and stole second. Hill sliced one just inside the right-field foul line to bring Inciarte home.

"You don't walk guys and let them steal second," Kimbrell said. "That's kind of what happens when you let a guy get two free bases like that."

Heyward's two-out shot to left field off Addison Reed was his second home run in as many nights and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Inciarte was called safe on a bunt to start the 11th, but Gonzalez challenged and the call was reversed. It didn't matter as Arizona went on to score the winner.

Starters Ervin Santana of Atlanta and Wade Miley of Arizona had strong outings. Santana gave up only an unearned run in seven innings, scattering six hits. Miley allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits in seven innings, fanning six with no walks.

The Braves took a 2-1 lead when, with two outs in the sixth, Justin Upton singled to right, then scored from first on Evan Gattis' second double of the night.

Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla committed two errors, one leading to a run.

Martin Prado led off the second with a single, took second on David Peralta's base hit, then scored when Uggla threw the ball away trying to convert a double play on a fielder's choice groundout by Inciarte.

Atlanta tied it in the third when Andrelton Simmons doubled, took third on the right fielder Parra's errant throw, then scored on Heyward's grounder, sliding in barely below the catcher Montero's tag after a high throw from the third baseman Prado.

Notes

Peralta has a hit in each of his first six big league games. ... In Sunday's series finale, Arizona's Chase Anderson (4-0, 3.32 ERA), winner of his first four major league starts, tries to make it five, while the Braves counter with Aaron Harang (4-4, 3.24). ... It was Prado's bobblehead night.

 
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Arizona

M. Prado
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Atlanta

E. Gattis
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, RF5112000 .262
B.J. Upton, CF5000011 .212
Freddie Freeman, 1B4010101 .288
Justin Upton, LF5110022 .289
Evan Gattis, C5031011 .269
Chris Johnson, 3B5000024 .251
Dan Uggla, 2B4000012 .169
Andrelton Simmons, SS4120000 .262
Ervin Santana, P3000022 .111
   Shae Simmons, P0000000 .000
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   a-Ryan Doumit, PH1000000 .194
   Anthony Varvaro, P0000000 .000
   Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
   David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
Totals4138319  
a-lined out for Kimbrel in the 10th
Batting
2B - Evan Gattis 2 (7, Miley), Andrelton Simmons (7, Miley)
HR - Jason Heyward (7, Reed)
RBI - Jason Heyward 2 (22), Evan Gattis (28)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward (8), Evan Gattis (5)
CS - Andrelton Simmons (3, 2nd base by Miley/Montero)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Santana-Simmons-Freeman
E - Dan Uggla 2 (9, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana 7610210 3.69
Shae Simmons (H,3) 1100000 0.00
Craig Kimbrel (BS,3) 1111120 1.99
Anthony Varvaro (BS,1) 0.1211011 3.05
Luis Avilan 0.1000000 4.58
David Carpenter (L,4-1) 0.2211100 4.01
WP - Shae Simmons (1), Craig Kimbrel (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 100-58, Shae Simmons 14-9, Craig Kimbrel 21-13, Anthony Varvaro 14-8, Luis Avilan 2-2, David Carpenter 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 12-8, Shae Simmons 2-1, Luis Avilan 1-0, David Carpenter 1-1
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 29, Shae Simmons 4, Craig Kimbrel 5, Anthony Varvaro 3, Luis Avilan 1, David Carpenter 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Didi Gregorius, 2B4010211 .313
Gerardo Parra, RF5011013 .276
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4010112 .302
Miguel Montero, C5111016 .274
Martin Prado, 3B5130001 .289
David Peralta, LF5020002 .417
   Randall Delgado, P0000000 .000
Chris Owings, SS5000004 .276
Ender Inciarte, CF4110101 .186
Wade Miley, P1000001 .222
   a-Eric Chavez, PH1000000 .246
   Oliver Perez, P0000000 .000
   Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   b-Aaron Hill, PH1011000 .253
   Addison Reed, P0000000 .000
   Cody Ross, LF1110000 .193
Totals41412344  
a-grounded out for Miley in the 7th
b-doubled for Ziegler in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (13, Kimbrel)
HR - Miguel Montero (8, Varvaro)
SH - Gerardo Parra (3), Wade Miley (3)
RBI - Gerardo Parra (24), Miguel Montero (35), Aaron Hill (28)
SB - Didi Gregorius (1, 2nd base off Santana/Gattis), Ender Inciarte (2, 2nd base off Kimbrel/Gattis)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Gerardo Parra (3, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Miley 7621050 4.57
Oliver Perez 0.2100000 2.63
Brad Ziegler 1.1000010 2.51
Addison Reed 1111001 4.13
Randall Delgado (W,1-1) 1000130 6.91
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 93-59, Oliver Perez 7-5, Brad Ziegler 13-8, Addison Reed 12-8, Randall Delgado 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 8-8, Brad Ziegler 3-0, Addison Reed 1-2
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 27, Oliver Perez 3, Brad Ziegler 4, Addison Reed 4, Randall Delgado 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29278
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Chris Segal, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski