Braves vs. Diamondbacks: Atlanta Sweeps Series With 1-0 Victory

The Braves welcome in the first place Diamondbacks this weekend in a crucial series with playoff implications. Which team has the edge and what should we expect?

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Braves vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Atlanta Completes Sweep With Dominant Pitching

For the second time in four games, the Atlanta Braves won a game 1-0 with excellent pitching and a clutch solo-home run. Today's heroes: Alex Gonzalez, Tim Hudson, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel.

Hudson was brilliant once again and improved to 6-0 in his past eight starts. The veteran worked seven innings and allowed just three hits and three walks, most of those runners either cut down on a stellar defensive play or caught stealing. The veteran struck out seven on the afternoon and even contributed offensively with a nine-pitch walk.

Josh Collmenter was nearly as good as Hudson, though his lone mistake -- a hanging changeup to Alex Gonzalez -- would prove to cost him and his team the game. The right-handed rookie also tossed seven innings while allowing four hits and three walks, though he only struck out four.

The afore mentioned Gonzalez delivered what would end up being the deciding run with a solo-homer in the third inning. Atlanta had multiple chances to push more runs across the board, including a failed squeeze bunt in the eighth inning with Michael Bourn on third and Martin Prado at the plate. Fortunately for the Braves it would not come back to bite them in the end.

Craig Kimbrel recorded his 39th save of the season, but it was not easy. Willie Bloomquist struck out to start the inning, but Chris Young drew a walk and moved to third on a single from Miguel Montero. Kimbrel struck out Paul Goldschmidt on a high 99-mph fastball and closed the door on Sean Burroughs with a filthy slider at his shins. The crowd of 34, 846 erupted as the home team completed the sweep.

Seven games against the two best teams in the NL West, six victories. That's a good week.

The Braves will travel to Chicago to kick off a four-game series that will begin Monday. The Cubs, who took the series last weekend in Atlanta, have won seven out of ten and are playing their best baseball of the year. It will be Jair Jurrjens vs. Ryan Dempster in game one.


Braves vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Uggla Homers Twice, Beachy Dominates In 8-1 Victory

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The Braves continued their winning formula of strong pitching, timely hitting and solid defense on Saturday night to clinch a series victory. Brandon Beachy made the start and was brilliant once again -- six innings, four hits, one run, one walk, seven strikeouts -- and even contributed on offense with an RBI-single.

Atlanta continued to use the long ball to their advantage and hit three more tonight. Trailing 1-0 in the first inning, Dan Uggla hit a big 2-run homer in the first off rookie starter Wade Miley for the DBacks. Uggla also homered in the seventh and was followed up by Freddie Freeman who hit a home run of his own. The home runs for Uggla moved him one away from 30, a number he has hit each year of his career.

The play of the game was Michael Bourn's incredible catch in to rob slugger Paul Goldschmidt of at least one RBI. Bourn sprinted to the center field wall and made a terrific leaping catch and held on to the ball as he crashed into the wall. Keep in mind this was just Bourn's ninth game at Turner Field and he is nowhere close to being adjusted to it's dimensions after leaving Houston's wacky ballpark. He continues to amaze on a nightly basis.

George Sherrill, Christian Martinez and Scott Linebrink all pitched well in relief and gave The Big Four a much needed night off.

Tim Hudson and the Braves will go for the series sweep Sunday afternoon. They'll face Josh Collmenter, who beat them previously this season in Phoenix. First pitch is at 1:35. 


Braves vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Atlanta Takes Game One With 4-2 Victory

A solid starting performance from Derek Lowe, home runs from Michael Bourn, Brian McCann and Chipper Jones, and strong bullpen work led Atlanta to a 4-2 victory on Friday night.

Bourn led off the game with a solo-homer to right off Diamondbacks starter Daniel Hudson, who has been tough on the opposition all season long. McCann had the big blow of the game with his 2-run shot in the third and Chipper added his run of insurance in the sixth.

The DBacks had many chances to score, but they were only able to capitalize once. With runners on first and third and two outs, MVP candidate Justin Upton hit a 2-run double into the right field gap to cut the lead in half. The move to pitch to the star with Eric O'Flaherty was controversial -- especially with a left-handed batter on deck -- though it would not end up costing Atlanta the game.

Jonny Venters was great once again in the eighth. Craig Kimbrel allowed a bunt single and a walk in his inning of duty, but Upton tapped out weakly in front of the plate to end the game. Kimbrel's save gave him 38 for the year.

The two teams will continue their series Saturday evening. It'll be Brandon Beachy against Wade Miley, who will be making his first Major League start. First pitch is set for 7:10, weather permitting.


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Atlanta Leads Arizona 3-0 On Homers From Bourn, McCann

This weekend's series against the Arizona Diamondbacks is a big one for the Braves. Not only is it a potential playoff preview, but it gives the team the chance to further their lead in the wild card race.

Derek Lowe has pitched in-and-out of trouble all night, though he is yet to allow a run through five innings. The veteran has given up four hits -- all singles -- and a walk to the talented DBacks lineup, and he has used seven strikeouts to his advantage.

Michael Bourn led off the game with a solo-home run to right field. It was his second home run of the season and his first since becoming a Brave. Brian McCann joined in with a mammoth 2-run homer to right to give his club a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Atlanta had runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth inning, but Derek Lowe grounded out to end the threat.

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