Tuesday, September 16, 2014

D’backs cool off Braves

ATLANTA—Paul Goldschmidt doesn’t often stand and stare at his homers.
This time he had to look—just to make sure his drive stayed fair.

He liked what he saw.
Wade Miley earned his first win since early May, and Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer, as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Atlanta 3-1 yesterday to end the Braves’ nine-game winning streak.
Goldschmidt ripped an inside pitch from Alex Wood toward the left-field seats in the third inning.
He said he immediately figured it had home run distance. He just was hoping the ball would stay fair—and it hit the foul pole for his 16th homer.
“I wasn’t sure,” Goldschmidt admitted.
Miley (4-6) allowed one run on five hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out eight.
The left-hander was 0-3 in his previous nine starts and had not won since beating the White Sox back on May 10.
The win snapped his streak of five-straight no-decisions.
Miley shrugged when asked if he was relieved to finally get his fourth win.
“You really can’t control that,” he remarked. “You’ve just got to go out and try to give your team a chance to win.
“That’s the plan.
“You don’t go out to try to get wins,” Miley stressed. “You just try to get quality innings and get your offence on the field, and we were able to do that and able to score enough runs today.”
Wood (6-7) allowed two runs on only three hits and three walks in seven innings.
B.J. Upton was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to end his career-best 11-game hitting streak for NL East-leading Atlanta.
The loss kept the Braves from sweeping their third-straight series.
Elsewhere in the NL, Washington nipped Chicago 2-1, Cincinnati beat Milwaukee 4-2, Pittsburgh downed Philadelphia 6-2, Miami doubled St. Louis 8-4, L.A. dumped Colorado 8-2, and San Francisco shaded San Diego 5-3
The N.Y. Mets doubled Texas 8-4 in the lone interleague game.

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