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Big inning costs Braves in 6-5 loss to Arizona

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 8, 2014 at 8:20 pm •  Published: June 8, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Fredi Gonzalez let Aaron Harang go back to the mound for the seventh, and it proved costly for the Atlanta Braves.

Harang allowed the first three batters to reach, including David Peralta's tying two-run homer, and the Braves went on to a 6-5 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Despite control problems, Harang had a two-hit shutout through six innings, so Gonzalez let the pitcher bat in the sixth. The 6-foot-7 right-hander was charged with three runs and four hits to go along with six walks, matching a season high.

"You have to let him back out there," Gonzalez said. "Yeah, he had some walks but we felt comfortable that he could maneuver through the lineup. A base hit and a two-run homer ties it. That seventh inning just unraveled on us."

Aaron Hill reached on a leadoff single against Harang (4-5), and Peralta drove the next pitch over the wall in center for his first major league homer.

"He threw me a curveball. He just was hanging it," Peralta said. "I just made my best swing. I saw the ball flying and I was just 'OK, I got that one.' It feels good. I couldn't stop laughing or smiling."

Peralta went 2 for 4 and is batting .429 in seven games since being called up from Double-A Mobile.

Harang then walked Cody Ross and was through for the day. Chris Owings added a two-run single off right-hander David Hale, and Paul Goldschmidt hit one far above the 413-foot sign in left-center for a 6-2 lead.

Owings was hitless in nine at-bats in the series before his base hit.

"I wasn't as sharp (in the seventh)," Harang said. "I think a couple of stressful situations early took its toll and I left a couple of pitches up and over the plate."

Chase Anderson pitched seven innings to become the third pitcher since 1998 to win his first five major league starts. He allowed two runs and five hits with a career-best eight strikeouts.

"Words don't describe that," he said, "just going 1-0, 2-0. Each time I go out there I'm just trying to give the team a chance to win. ... 5-0 feels amazing."

The Diamondbacks have scored 45 runs in Anderson's five wins.

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