That one could have been easier. The Braves continue to be stymied by the legendary Josh Collmenter, getting one run on a leadoff solo homer by Alex Gonzalez in the third. But they won anyway, behind Tim Hudson and the two top relievers, and a couple of strong defensive plays.
Hudson went seven, allowing just three hits (but walking three) and striking out seven. The DBacks had one good chance to get a run off of him, after Kelly Johnson tripled leading off the sixth. But Hudson got a grounder to short, drawn in, to stop him from scoring. Then Freddie Freeman made a great play, making an over-the-shoulder catch of a pop foul headed out to right field, then gunning KJ down at the plate. End threat.
Jonny Venters allowed a two-out hit but that was all in the eighth. The DBacks’ second chance of the day came with a walk and a hit off of Craig Kimbrel to give them first-and-third, one out. But Kimbrel bore down and got two strikeouts (he already had struck out the leadoff man) to end it.
Braves had just five hits, all by different players. They blew two good chances to score — bases loaded, one out in the sixth (after Hudson led off the inning with a walk) and after a one-out Michael Bourn double-and-error in the eighth (Fredi called for a ridiculous squeeze bunt with Martin Prado at the plate, and Prado couldn’t get the bat on the ball).