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Santana solid, Braves roll D-Backs for 8th straight victory

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ATLANTA -- Ervin Santana says it's too early to declare that he is fully recovered from a midseason slump. This outing was certainly a step in the right direction.

Freddie Freeman drove in two runs, Santana won his second straight start, and the Atlanta Braves stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

"Every time when you have a bad outing, you get frustrated and you keep going and you get frustrated," he said. "But if you take a little breather, you can go up there and still do your best."

The Braves (48-38) have won 10 of 11 to move 10 games over .500 for the first time since April 29. They lead the NL East by 1 1/2 games.

Santana (7-5) gave up six hits and two runs with one walk and six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

Arizona began the night tied with Houston for most losses in the majors with 50. The Diamondbacks have lost seven of 11.

"We're trying everything we can to turn around things, but it's not happening," third baseman Martin Prado said. "We're trying to have good at-bats and everything. I feel like we're pretty close. There's a bunch of guys having good at-bats."

After earning three victories from June 20-28, Arizona's Josh Collmenter (7-5) allowed five runs, 11 hits, one walk, and struck out three in six-plus innings.

The Braves made it 2-0 in the first on Freeman's RBI single and Jason Heyward's RBI groundout.

Atlanta went up 4-1 in the third on Andrelton Simmons' bases-loaded RBI single and Justin Upton's RBI walk, but Collmenter stranded the bases loaded when Heyward popped out.

Collmenter's night ended after Simmons led off the seventh with a double. Oliver Perez, the next Arizona pitcher, allowed another RBI single by Freeman to make it 5-1.

"He went out there and did the best he could and got through six innings. We were unable to score runs," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of Collmenter.

Santana seemed in sync most of the night, but that hasn't been the case the last few weeks. After winning 2-0 against the Cubs on May 10, Santana went 1-5 with a 5.96 ERA in his next eight starts before earning a 10-3 victory last Saturday at Philadelphia.

"Everything my way is getting back again, so I just have to keep it up," Santana said. "Keep my mind positive and keep working down in the zone."

Santana retired 11 straight before Didi Gregorius singled to begin the eighth. He came out one out later when Ender Inciarte singled.

After Luis Avilan retired David Peralta on an RBI forceout, Jordan Walden gave up a double to Paul Goldschmidt before striking out Miguel Montero to end the threat.

In the ninth, Craig Kimbrel struck out Prado, retired Gerardo Parra on a groundout and got Nick Ahmed to fly out for his 27th save in 31 chances.

Arizona cut the lead to 2-1 in the second when Prado led off with a single, moved to second and third on groundouts, and scored on Santana's wild pitch.

Freeman, who went 2 for 4, is hitting .365 over his last 19 games. He drove in his first run when B.J. Upton led off the first with a single, stole second, took third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Freeman's single.

Upton has a 10-game hitting streak, tied for the longest of his career.

"It really is contagious," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "You see things happening and guys playing situational baseball. I always tell the guys that they're not all game-winning RBIs. The guys that drive in 100 every year -- they get them when the defense is giving it to you."

Notes

The Braves announced a sellout with a season-high crowd of 48,815. ... Atlanta's bullpen has a 0.42 ERA over a span of 21 2/3 innings during the eight-game winning streak. ... Peralta went 2 for 4 and is hitting .406 over his last nine games. ... Perez had stranded 10 straight inherited runners before Freeman drove in Simmons.

 
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Freddie Freeman knocks in a pair of runs for the Braves, who defeat Arizona for their 8th straight win. (USATSI)
Freddie Freeman knocks in a pair of runs for the Braves, who defeat Arizona for their 8th straight win. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

F. Freeman
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

D. Peralta
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ender Inciarte, CF4010011 .235
David Peralta, LF4021000 .330
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4010022 .307
Miguel Montero, C4000023 .259
Martin Prado, 3B3110110 .268
Gerardo Parra, RF4000011 .249
Nick Ahmed, SS4000002 .182
Didi Gregorius, 2B3110000 .227
Josh Collmenter, P2010010 .063
   Oliver Perez, P0000000 .000
   a-Roger Kieschnick, PH1000001 .214
   Randall Delgado, P0000000 .000
Totals3327118  
a-flied out for Perez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Paul Goldschmidt (31, Walden)
RBI - David Peralta (12)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Gregorius-Ahmed-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Collmenter (L,7-5) 61155130 3.98
Oliver Perez 1100020 2.18
Randall Delgado 1000010 5.77
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Collmenter 100-66, Oliver Perez 21-14, Randall Delgado 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Collmenter 8-6, Oliver Perez 1-0, Randall Delgado 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Collmenter 29, Oliver Perez 4, Randall Delgado 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
B.J. Upton, CF4120011 .211
Andrelton Simmons, SS3121000 .259
Freddie Freeman, 1B4122003 .293
Justin Upton, LF3011121 .271
Jason Heyward, RF4011004 .245
Chris Johnson, 3B4000013 .281
Tommy La Stella, 2B4020000 .277
Gerald Laird, C4120001 .234
Ervin Santana, P2100013 .083
   Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
   Jordan Walden, P0000000 .000
   a-Ryan Doumit, PH1000010 .216
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Totals33512516  
a-struck out for Walden in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andrelton Simmons (8, Collmenter), Justin Upton (16, Collmenter)
SH - Andrelton Simmons (1), Ervin Santana (3)
RBI - Andrelton Simmons (25), Freddie Freeman 2 (46), Justin Upton (47), Jason Heyward (31)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton (19)
SB - B.J. Upton (14, 2nd base off Collmenter/Montero)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - La Stella-Simmons-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (W,7-5) 7.1622160 3.93
Luis Avilan (H,7) 0.1000000 4.08
Jordan Walden (H,9) 0.1100010 2.66
Craig Kimbrel (S,27) 1000010 2.04
WP - Ervin Santana (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 108-67, Luis Avilan 5-3, Jordan Walden 7-4, Craig Kimbrel 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 12-3, Luis Avilan 1-0, Craig Kimbrel 1-1
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 28, Luis Avilan 1, Jordan Walden 2, Craig Kimbrel 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48815
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Toby Basner, Third Base - Scott Barry