ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

D-backs avoid shutout late but drop second straight vs. Braves

Jul 30, 2022, 7:28 PM
Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr., left, is tagged out by Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Geraldo Per...

Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr., left, is tagged out by Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Geraldo Perdomo (2) while trying to steal second base during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

ATLANTA (AP) — William Contreras homered twice, Ian Anderson allowed one hit in six scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Saturday night.

The victory was Atlanta’s second straight and boosted the defending World Series champion Braves to 38-14 since June 1, the best record in the major leagues over that span.

The Braves improved to 17-8 this month to guarantee consecutive months with single-digit losses for the first time since the 2004 team won the division with 96 victories.

Matt Olson, who has gone deep nine times in his last 18 games, made it 1-0 in the first with his 21st homer, a 415-foot shot into left-center against Arizona’s Corbin Martin. Olson matched his career-best 25th RBI for a month from September 2021.

Eddie Rosario began the second with a walk and crossed the plate when Contreras connected with a 427-foot shot to center field. Contreras homered into right in the fourth to pad the lead at 4-0. It marked the All-Star’s third career multi-homer game and first since May 21 at Miami.

Martin (0-1) gave up the three homers and allowed six hits and four runs in four innings.

Atlanta scored twice to make it 6-0 in the sixth on Rosario’s RBI triple and Orlando Arcia’s RBI single.

Anderson (9-6), trying to quell speculation that he’s in danger of losing his spot in the rotation, retired the first 14 batters he faced and finished with one walk and nine strikeouts. He had a 6.25 ERA with a .303 opponents’ batting average in his 12 previous starts.

Anderson gave up his first hit when Jake McCarthy doubled with two outs in the fifth. McCarthy stole third and Anderson walked Buddy Kennedy before Geraldo Perdomo struck out to end the threat. Anderson lowered his ERA to 4.99.

The Diamondbacks dropped to 45-55. They began the day 22 games out of first place in the NL West.

Arizona scored twice off A.J. Minter in the ninth on Daulton Varsho’s RBI single and Jake McCarthy’s RBI single after a Ketel Marte double.

TRADED

With OF David Peralta dealt to Tampa Bay before the game, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo inserted Buddy Kennedy at 2B and used Ketel Marte at DH. Peralta, 34, played the third-most games in Arizona history and spent his entire nine-year career with Arizona. He won a Silver Slugger award in 2018 and a Gold Glove in 2019. The Rays sent 19-year-old minor league catcher Christian Cerda to the Diamondbacks.

“Sad news for me, but I’m excited to join a team that I can help go to the postseason,” Peralta said. “I never thought this day was going to come, but it happens. I was prepared for something to happen.”

HONORED

Joe Torre, Leo Mazzone and the late Joe Adcock were inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame as the team hosted its alumni weekend. An on-field ceremony was held before the game.

Torre, a National Baseball Hall of Fame manager with the Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees and Dodgers, went 257-229 from 1982-84 as Atlanta manager. He spent nine of his 18 major league as a catcher and first baseman with the Braves, hitting .294 with 142 homers and 552 RBIs and going to the All-Star Game five times with Milwaukee and Atlanta.

Mazzone was the pitching coach in Atlanta from 1990-2005, during which the Braves won 14 consecutive division titles. National Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz enjoyed their best seasons under Mazzone.

Adcock, who never played in Atlanta, hit .285 with 239 homers and 760 RBIs in 10 seasons with Milwaukee.

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