Braves' win streak ends with 3-1 loss to Arizona

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 6, 2014 at 5:05 pm •  Published: July 6, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Alex Wood's plan was to make sure he didn't let Paul Goldschmidt beat the Braves.

Wood couldn't believe Goldschmidt still found a way to come through with the biggest hit of the game.

Atlanta's nine-game winning streak ended Sunday as Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer that sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-1 victory over the Braves.

Wood issued a walk to pitcher Wade Miley to open the third inning before Goldschmidt's two-out homer gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead. Goldschmidt, who had an infield single in the first, had two of Arizona's three hits off Wood.

"That's baseball for you," Wood said. "You go into the game telling yourself that there's one guy you don't want to let beat you and then he ends up beating you."

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Goldschmidt makes a habit of ruining game plans.

"That guy's got a lot of people," Gonzalez said. "He's pretty legit."

B.J. Upton was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts to end his career-best 11-game hitting streak for NL East-leading Atlanta. The loss kept the Braves from sweeping their third straight series.

"We had a great run, had a great homestand," Gonzalez said.

Goldschmidt had to delay his home run trot as he waited to make sure the ball, which hit the foul pole, stayed fair.

"I knew it probably had the distance but it started fair and was going, so that was one of the few times I was watching to see what was going to happen," Goldschmidt said. "I saw it hit the pole and come down. I was pretty happy."

Wood (6-7) allowed two runs on only three hits and three walks in seven innings.

Miley (4-6) earned his first win since May 10. He allowed one run on five hits and one walk in 6 2-3 innings, striking out eight. He had been 0-3 in his previous nine starts, including a streak of five straight no-decisions.

"He was really, really good," Gonzalez said. "He was throwing a slider that had some depth to it. He commanded his fastball both sides of the plate, caught some of our right-handed hitters looking. The ball kept coming back."

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