Braves pitching stifles D-Backs in 5-2 victory

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2014 at 1:14 am •  Published: June 7, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The momentum of Arizona's three-game sweep in Colorado didn't carry over at home against Atlanta for the Diamondbacks.

A solid outing by starter Brandon McCarthy didn't help, either.

"He gave us a chance to win," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We just couldn't get enough runs."

Julio Teheran pitched seven solid innings and Craig Kimbrel got the final four outs to become the Braves' career saves leader in a 5-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Kimbrel earned his 16th save of the season (in 18 tries) and 155th of his career. That's one more than John Smoltz.

"I've been a part of a lot of good teams and had a lot of opportunities," Kimbrel said. "Having the chance my first full season to be a closer, that doesn't happen very often and that's why we're sitting here talking today, because I had that opportunity a lot of guys don't have."

Jason Heyward drove in three runs, two with a home run, and Andrelton Simmons doubled in a run for the Braves.

Teheran (6-3) gave up two runs and five hits to win his fourth straight decision.

Didi Gregorius became the first Diamondback to hit leadoff home runs in consecutive starts. He did it Wednesday in Colorado, sat out Thursday's game, then did it again Friday.

"He is a really good pitcher. You have to give him that," Gregorius said of Teheran. "I had two strikes so I had to choke up and tried to get a good pitch. He threw me a fastball inside and luckily I hit it out. I was just trying to out a good swing on it and it went out."

McCarthy (1-8) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out nine and walking one.

McCarthy singled in the tying run in the fifth, his first career RBI.

The Braves broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh when, with one out, Heyward drew the only walk McCarthy allowed. Simmons lashed a double to the corner in left, scoring Heyward from first.

The Atlanta leadoff hitter used his long arms to connect with a ball that was high and outside and drove it to the opposite field.