4:10 PM ET, July 5, 2014
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
ATLANTA -- Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons wasted no time recovering from a rare two-error inning.
"It's a little tough when your errors are a little costly, but [Aaron] Harang picked me up and kept us in the game," Simmons said. "The other guys got on base and we ended up winning, so it's a good day after all."
Justin Upton added a two-run homer and a third RBI for the Braves, who have won 11 of 12 and are 11 games over .500 for the first time this season.
Harang (8-6) has a 3.00 ERA over his past three starts after allowing nine hits and four runs with one walk and one strikeout in eight innings.
Arizona, which has dropped eight of 12, lost its 53rd game, most in the majors.
Simmons had an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the fourth. He appeared to turn his left ankle while running the bases in the sixth but stayed in the game. He drove in his fourth run with a groundout in the seventh to make it 10-4. It marked the third time in his career and second time this season that he had four RBIs in a game.
Simmons has four straight games with at least two hits.
The Diamondbacks went ahead 3-0 in the first on Paul Goldschmidt's RBI double, Miguel Montero's RBI single and Gerardo Parra's RBI single. Parra got an at-bat after manager Kirk Gibson successfully challenged that Aaron Hill, the previous batter, was safe at first on Atlanta's double-play attempt.
"We had a rough first inning there, but nobody panicked," Harang said. "Our confidence is real high right now, and everybody's feeling good about how we're swinging the bats and playing defense. We knew guys were comfortable up there and knew that we'd stay right in it."
Simmons, named last year's Platinum Glove winner as the NL's best defender, had two errors in the first. Simmons began the game with six errors this year.
"I told him that how you bounce back from those is what's important," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He made some great plays defensively after that inning and also swung the bat. He kept the line moving."
After Simmons cut the lead to 3-1 in the first, the Braves made it 3-2 in the third on Jason Heyward's RBI single.
Atlanta took a 7-3 lead with a five-run fourth off Mike Bolsinger (1-5).
Bolsinger, who had a 2.70 ERA in his previous three starts, gave up 10 hits, seven runs -- five earned -- and walked two in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out five.
The Diamondbacks, plagued by injuries all season, are reeling.
"When we were at our place (last month), we played these guys really good," Gibson said. "We're capable of doing that."
The last time Atlanta had a nine-game winning streak was during a 12-game streak that ended last Aug. 9. ... Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 and has reached safely in 26 straight games. He's hitting .318 with nine doubles, four homers, 12 RBIs and 28 walks during that span. ... Heyward leaped to catch Goldschmidt's fly ball at the top of the right-field wall in the eighth. ... Diamondbacks OF Mark Trumbo, recovering from foot injury, is 5-for-10 with two homers and six RBIs as a designated hitter during his rehab assignment. ... Before the game, Arizona acquired two minor leaguers, OF Zach Borenstein and RHP Joey Krehbiel from the Los Angeles Angels for LHP Joe Thatcher and minor league OF Tony Campana. ... Diamondbacks LHP Eury De la Rosa, recalled from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day, gave up three hits and one run in the seventh and eighth. ... B.J. Upton has a career-best 11-game hitting streak.
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 5: Mike Bolsinger #49 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a first inning pitch against the...(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||P Goldschmidt doubled to deep right center, D Peralta scored, P Goldschmidt to third on throwing error by shortstop A Simmons.||1||0|
|1st||M Montero singled to center, P Goldschmidt scored.||2||0|
|1st||G Parra singled to right, M Montero scored, A Hill to third.||3||0|
|1st||A Simmons singled to center, B Upton scored.||3||1|
|3rd||J Heyward singled to center, F Freeman scored, J Upton to third.||3||2|
|4th||B Upton safe at first on throwing error by shortstop D Gregorius, T La Stella scored.||3||3|
|4th||A Simmons doubled to deep left, C Bethancourt and B Upton scored.||3||5|
|4th||F Freeman tripled to right, A Simmons scored.||3||6|
|4th||J Upton hit sacrifice fly to center, F Freeman scored.||3||7|
|5th||E Inciarte homered to right (386 feet).||4||7|
|6th||J Upton homered to right (398 feet), F Freeman scored.||4||9|
|7th||A Simmons grounded out to third, T La Stella scored, C Bethancourt to third, B Upton to second.||4||10|
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|Stadium||Turner Field, Atlanta, GA|
|Attendance||30,405 (61.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||86 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Laz Diaz, First Base - Toby Basner, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|
B.J. Upton extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a 1st inning triple Saturday. The hit streak started when Upton was moved into the leadoff spot. Keep in mind he only has 1 multi-hit game during the streak (Friday).
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