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Braves Defeat Diamondbacks 10-2 Behind Mike Minor, Freddie Freeman

After breaking out for 14 runs on Wednesday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves continued to hurt baseballs against the Diamondbacks, scoring 10 runs against Josh Collmenter and a solid bullpen. Mike Minor turned in yet another incredible start for the Braves, working eight innings of two-run ball.

Freddie Freeman hit an opposite-field two-run homer in the first inning to give his club a 2-0 lead. The D-backs scratched across two runs courtesy of poor defense from Juan Francisco while covering third base and a dropped popup from Dan Uggla.

With the score tied 2-2 in the sixth, the Braves benefitted from some incredible luck. Brian McCann somehow rolled a ball down the third base line off the end of his bat, and that was followed by a bloop single from Dan Uggla to right field. Collmenter was pulled for left-handed reliever Wade Miley, who promptly surrendered an RBI-double to Jason Heyward and bloop single to Juan Francisco to extend the lead to 5-2.

Atlanta was at it again in the seventh, scoring two more runs on a monster home run from Freeman, his second of the evening. In the eighth, Martin Prado hit a two-run double down the left field line, and he was driven in by a Freeman double that went into the right field corner.

Minor was tremendous on Thursday night. He struck out nine Diamondbacks, did not issue a walk, and allowed just five hits. The young lefty is showing just how dominant he can be on the mound and is on quite a roll right now.

The Braves and D-backs will meet once again on Friday night with Brandon Beachy and Trevor Cahill on the mound. First pitch is set for 9:40 ET.

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