ATLANTA — For a initial time in 3 months, a Atlanta Braves are a .500 team. They know some-more work contingency be finished to join Arizona in a NL wild-card race.
Matt Kemp strike a three-run homer and Brandon Phillips doubled 3 times, heading Atlanta over a disorder Diamondbacks 7-1 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Jaime Garcia threw 7 clever innings as a Braves (45-45) reached .500 for a initial time given Apr 17, when they were 6-6. Kemp and Matt Adams strike homers a four-run third inning.
“That’s a good organisation we swept,” Kemp said. “We’ve usually got to keep going. This is a step in a right direction.”
The Diamondbacks lead a NL wild-card standings, though have mislaid a season-worst 5 straight, 8 of 9 and 11 of 14.
“Obviously being swept dual of a past 3 array is a large deal,” catcher Jeff Mathis said. “We’re usually not clicking on all cylinders during this moment.”
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo pronounced he doesn’t consider his players are pressing.
“This is a really volatile group,” Lovullo said. “They have been all year. They should be unapproachable of where they’re at. We know we’ve strike a small stumbling retard and that’s partial of a season, partial of each ball season.”
Garcia (3-7) authorised one run on 4 hits and 3 walks. He rebounded from a strain of permitting 5 or some-more runs in 4 true starts to acquire his initial win given May 26.
“I’m not going to lie,” Garcia said. “The W felt good.”
Zack Godley (3-4) gave adult 7 runs notwithstanding his career-high 9 strikeouts in 6 innings. He had not authorised some-more than 3 runs in a diversion this deteriorate before struggling early opposite Atlanta.
Godley already trailed 2-0 before giving adult 4 runs in a third. Kemp’s homer, that hardly privileged a left margin wall, gathering in Phillips, who doubled, and Freddie Freeman, who walked. Kemp strike a homer on a initial representation he saw from Godley.
“I consider he was creation mistakes out over a image to some hitters who were really fastball conscious,” Lovullo said. “They done him compensate for those mistakes.”
Lovullo pronounced Godley “picked himself up” and took vigour off a bullpen by recording 6 true outs in a fifth and sixth innings.
Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (7-6, 4.79) will try for usually his second home win in 10 starts when a Braves open a home array opposite LHP Jon Lester and a Cubs on Monday night. Teheran is 1-6 with a 7.58 ERA during home and 6-0 with a 2.53 ERA in 9 highway starts.