MLB Braves use big blast to key 6-0 shutout over D-backs


Austin Riley hit a three-run homer and William Contreras went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI as the Atlanta Braves snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon in Phoenix.

The home run was Riley’s 13th of the season, moving him into a tie for second place in the National League behind Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers (15).

Riley, who also had a single, extended his hitting streak to 10 games and has five homers and nine RBIs over his last eight games.

Kyle Wright (5-3) picked up the win with six shutout innings despite yielding a season-high five walks and three hits. He struck out five.

Collin McHugh and Jesse Chavez combined for three hitless innings of relief as Atlanta outhit the Diamondbacks, 12-3.

Madison Bumgarner (2-4) suffered the loss despite allowing just two runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out six while throwing a season-high 103 pitches, 62 for strikes.

Atlanta parlayed two hits and a walk into a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Dansby Swanson singled with one out and advanced to second on a walk to Marcell Ozuna. One out later, Contreras grounded a double into the gap in left-center to drive in Swanson.

The Braves extended their lead to 2-0 in the second when Adam Duvall led off with a double down the third-base line and scored one out later when rookie center fielder Michael Harris II drilled a double off the bottom of the center field fence.

Atlanta then broke the game open with three runs in the seventh off reliever Noe Ramirez. Ozzie Albies led off with an infield single and advanced to third on a one-out single by Ozuna. Riley followed with a towering 439-foot home run deep into the left field bleachers to make it 5-0.

The Braves added a run in the ninth inning off reliever Paul Fry, who walked Matt Olson with the bases loaded, forcing in Swanson, who also had walked.

–Field Level Media


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