Diamondbacks 10, Braves 9
The Diamondbacks’ final rally nullified a big night by Atlanta’s Adam LaRoche, who hit a grand slam and singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth.
LaRoche went 3-for-5 and drove in a career-high five runs as the Braves snapped a four-game win streak.
The Diamondbacks beat Atlanta closer Chris Reitsma (1-2). Luis Gonzalez led off with a double and scored on Green’s double one out later. The Braves intentionally walked Johnny Estrada, and after Orlando Hudson flied out, Reitsma hit Tony Clark, a .164 hitter. Counsell then lined a single to right to end it.
Reitsma blew his third save in 10 chances.
In the top of the ninth, it was Arizona’s closer that failed. Jose Valverde (2-1) allowed a leadoff double to Brian McCann. Pete Orr pinch-ran for McCann, took third on Jeff Francoeur’s fly ball and scored on LaRoche’s line-drive single to center.
For the second consecutive game, the Diamondbacks found themselves in a big hole before they had their first at-bat. On Wednesday night, they spotted San Diego a 9-0 first-inning lead and pulled to within 11-10 before losing 14-10.
Batista struck out Andruw Jones, then walked McCann to force in a run.
Batista was close to escaping the jam when he struck out Francoeur for the second out. But LaRoche launched a pitch into the pool area beyond the right-center field wall for his second career grand slam, and the Braves led 5-0.
Batista found his groove after his first-inning meltdown, retiring 10 straight batters beginning in the third inning. He allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings, striking out five.
Arizona got one run back in the bottom of the inning on Gonzalez’ single and pulled to within 5-2 on a fourth-inning sacrifice fly by Estrada, whom the Braves traded to Arizona last winter.
The Diamondbacks kept chipping away at Atlanta starter John Thomson, who had allowed more than one earned run in only one of his first seven starts.
In the fifth, Gonzalez drove in run with a groundout and Conor Jackson had a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4.
With two aboard in the sixth, DaVanon fell behind Thomson 0-2 before belting a 2-2 delivery into the right field seats to give Arizona a 7-5 lead.
Andruw Jones’ RBI single in the seventh cut the lead to 7-6.
Arizona answered with an RBI single by Estrada, but the Diamondbacks failed to add to the lead when two runners were thrown out trying to score in the seventh.
Notes: LaRoche’s other regular-season grand slam came off the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jeff Weaver May 13, 2005. LaRoche also hit a grand slam in Game 4 of the NL Division Series against Houston last October. … The Braves announced that RHP Travis Smith, who has been pitching for Triple-A Richmond, will start Saturday. … Thomson singled twice to raise his average to .389 (7-for-18).