Braves’ HR in 8th sinks Diamondbacks
PHOENIX — Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a long, tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Atlanta Braves overcame Zack Greinke’s latest strong start to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 Friday night.
After hitting cleanup for much of the season, Acuña returned to the leadoff spot — his regular place while winning NL Rookie of the Year last season — and smashed his eighth homer off Yoan Lopez (0-1). The shot was estimated at 466 feet, the longest of Acuña’s career. Lopez has been scored on in only four of his 29 appearances but three times in four outings against Atlanta.
Greinke allowed a run and five hits over seven innings, posting his eighth straight quality start. He didn’t walk a batter and reached a three-ball count against only two hitters — the last two he faced while escaping a two-on jam in the seventh.
Julio Teheran pitched six innings of one-run ball, Dan Winkler (1-0) pitched the seventh and Luke Jackson struck out two in ninth for his third save after blowing one in the first game of the series Thursday.
Dansby Swanson had three hits, and Freddie Freeman had two hits and an RBI for Atlanta.
David Peralta had two hits, including an RBI triple, for Arizona.
Swanson tripled to right-center with one out in the fourth inning and scored on Freeman’s single over the shift for a 1-0 lead.
Marte doubled off the left field fence with two outs in the sixth and scored on Peralta’s triple over the first base bag, ending Teheran’s steak of scoreless innings at 12.
Teheran gave up three hits, struck out four and walked two.
Braves: LHP Max Fried (left hand contusion) is expected to start Sunday after reporting no discomfort after a bullpen session Thursday. Fried was struck by a line drive and removed in the second inning of his last start at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (elbow ligament) threw 23 pitches in a bullpen session Friday and is likely to throw another bullpen session Sunday before pitching in a rehab game. ... C Alex Avila (quadriceps strain) did all the normal pregame work and blocked balls in the dirt Friday and is close to returning. Avila, out since April 7, may not need a rehab assignment, Lovullo said. ... 1B/3B Jake Lamb (quadriceps strain) did some light running and took ground balls Friday while continuing to hit. Lamb will play first and third when he returns, Lovullo said, but is not expected back on the homestead that ends May 19.
Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-3), who was ejected and given a five-game suspension for throwing a pitch behind Miami’s Jose Ureña on May 3, will make his second start while his suspension is under appeal. Gausman has given up 14 earned runs in his past 16 1/3 innings.
Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (3-3) gave up a season-high seven runs in four innings in his last start Monday at Tampa Bay. He had given up as many as four runs only once previously.