Kemp's 8th-inning double lifts Braves past D-backs
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[August 24, 2016]
PHOENIX -- No matter the
uniform, Matt Kemp fits right in at Chase Field.
The Atlanta left fielder hit a two-run, bases-loaded double in a
three-run eighth inning and also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly
in the Braves' come-from-behind, 7-4 victory over the Arizona
Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
"This is a nice field, nice backdrop," Kemp said. "You see the ball
well. I've had some experience here."
Kemp has 103 RBIs in 134 games against Arizona, 51 at Chase Field.
After spending all of his 10-plus-year career in the NL West, he was
traded to Atlanta on July 30.
He struck out twice with runners in scoring position in the first
and second innings before hitting his sacrifice fly in the fourth
and his double in the eighth. A third run scored on an error on the
double as Atlanta turned a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead.
"Those are the situations you want to be in," Kemp said. "To get in
those situations, they don't always work out the way you want them
to work out, but that's one of the reasons why we play baseball,
With Arizona in front 4-2, Dansby Swanson singled to open the eighth
inning off Jake Barrett (1-2), and Ender Inciarte singled with one
out. Freddie Freeman walked with two outs.
Kemp followed with an opposite-field liner into the right field
corner that Mitch Haniger bobbled at the fence as the bases cleared.
"I just feel it was the one pitch that hurt me, and that was to
Kemp," Barrett said. "I tried to throw inside and missed away."
Adonis Garcia had three hits and scored twice, and Kemp, Swanson and
Tyler Flowers had two hits apiece for Atlanta, which had lost 10 of
Swanson had a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, his first career
RBI in his sixth game since being promoted last week. He was the
first pick in the 2015 draft by Arizona before being traded to
Atlanta in the Shelby Miller deal at the winter meetings.
Jake Lamb had two doubles and drove in two runs, and Yasmany Tomas
hit a two-run single before leaving with mid-back stiffness in the
eighth inning for Arizona (52-74).
Six Atlanta pitchers limited the Diamondbacks to five hits. Arizona,
which had won six of nine, fell to 22-41 at home.
Atlanta's bullpen gave up three hits and no walks while striking out
eight in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. That came after starter Rob Whalen
surrendered four runs in the third inning on two hits, three walks
and a hit batsman.
Arizona took a 4-3 lead on Tomas's two-run single and Lamb's two-run
double. Lamb was in a 2-for-48 (.042) slide.
Right-hander Jose Ramirez (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning
for the victory, stranding a leadoff triple while striking out the
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Braves outfielder Matt Kemp singles during the seventh inning
against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit:
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Right-hander Mauricio Cabrera struck out three on 100, 102 and 101
mph fastballs in the eighth before Jim Johnson picked up his 11th
save with a scoreless ninth.
"All of them did a great job," Braves manager Brian Snitker said.
Freeman, who walked and scored twice, had an 11-game hitting streak
Atlanta (46-80) had 10 runners on base in the first three innings
but scored only twice, on RBI hits by Nick Markakis and Flowers in a
two-run first inning.
"Had a rough time before that, but we got the big one when we needed
it," Snitker said of Kemp's game-winner.
NOTES: Arizona RF Yasmany Tomas was removed because of mid-back
tightness in the eighth inning, but the Diamondbacks did not seem
worried. "He said it was bothering him batting, running and
throwing, so we had to get him out of the game," manager Chip Hale
said. "The trainers aren't concerned. The doctors aren't." Tomas is
not expected to miss more than one game, if that. ... Diamondbacks
CF A.J. Pollock is expected to be activated Friday, Hale said, and
he will get plenty of time the rest of the season. Pollock was
fourth in NL in WAR (7.4) last season but has missed this season
with a fractured elbow incurred three days before the start of the
season. ... Atlanta has used 14 different starting pitchers this
season, tied with the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres for the
most in the majors. ... The third game of the series Wednesday will
feature the staff No. 1s, Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (3-9, 2.90 ERA)
and Arizona RHP Zack Greinke (11-4, 4.21 ERA). ... RHP Shelby Miller
will make his next start Thursday, but the Diamondbacks are still
deciding if it will be at Triple-A Reno or back with Arizona, Hale
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