Kimbrel blows save, D-Backs beat Braves 4-3 in 11

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 8, 2014 at 1:52 am •  Published: June 8, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks squandered one opportunity after another through eight innings Saturday night.

Then, everything turned around.

Aaron Hill's RBI double off Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel forced extra innings, Miguel Montero homered to tie it again in the 10th, then Gerardo Parra's bloop single brought Cody Ross home from second in the 11th to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over the Braves.

"That broken-bat hit there at the end, it looks like a line drive tomorrow," Atlanta's Jason Heyward said.

One night after he set the Braves franchise record for career saves, Craig Kimbrel blew his third of the season in 19 opportunities.

"He's human, right?" Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The Diamondbacks were 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position before Aaron Hill's pinch-hit double off Kimbrel down the right-field line scored Ender Inciarte from second to tie it at 2-2.

Heyward homered with two outs in the 10th off Addison Reed to put the Braves up 3-2, but Miguel Montero tied it again with an opposite-field, one-out shot off Anthony Varvaro in Arizona's half of the inning.

Montero was 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position up to that time.

"I was already pretty mad at the plate already because I left so many guys on base," he said. "I really was thinking about hitting a homer. I am not going to lie. I wanted to get a good pitch and just hammer it. I think for my whole career that never happened until today. I don't usually do that. "

Ross singled with one out off David Carpenter (4-1), then Didi Gregorius walked to bring up Parra, whose soft flyball fell in front of center fielder B.J. Upton.

"Yes, it broke my bat," Parra said. "It was inside like 97 (mph) and I wanted to just make contact and put it in play."

Randall Delgado (1-1) struck out the side after a leadoff walk in the 11th to get the victory.

It was just the 18th blown save in 173 career opportunities for Kimbrel, still the third-highest percentage in baseball history for pitchers with at least 150 save tries.