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Braves Vs. Diamondbacks: Braves Drop Series Finale With Arizona, 6-4

Five seemed to be the magic number for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, as the D-Backs rode a five-run second-inning outburst to a 6-4 home victory on Sunday, snapping a five-game losing streak for Arizona, as well as the Braves' five-game winning string.

Gerardo Parra hit his first career grand slam in the second to stake Arizona to a lead it never relinquished. The Braves' starter and losing pitcher, Randall Degado (2-1) retired the first two batter he faced in the second inning before the Diamondbacks loaded the bases on a double, a single and an intentional walk. Delgado walked in Jason Kubel to tie the game at 1-1 before Parra cleared the bases with his long blast, his second home run of the year.

Delgado went 5 1/3 innings, yielding five runs on just three hits. He struggled with his command, however, walking four and hitting two batters. He struck out six.

The Braves were held to single runs in the first, third, fifth and ninth, the final tally coming on third-baseman Jeff Francisco's solo shot, his third of the season.

The winning pitcher was Ian Kennedy, who posted his third win of the year, without a defeat. Kennedy has now won in seven straight outings, dating back to August last season. Center-fielder Michael Bourn led the Braves with three hits. Catcher Brian McCann was the only Atlanta starter without a hit.

The Brave. who are 10-6 on the seaon, won three of the four games with the Diamondback before falling in Sunday's final game of the series. Arizona evened its season record at 8-8.

Atlanta moves on to Los Angeles for a three-game series with the Dodgers, beginning Monday night.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.