J-Mart, K-Mart power D-backs over Braves

July 26th, 2017

PHOENIX -- The D-backs offense came alive on Wednesday, as it rode standout hitting performances from J.D. Martinez and to a 10-3 victory over the Braves at Chase Field. With the win, Arizona took two out of three from Atlanta.

The D-backs took control of the game in the third with a four-run inning that was highlighted by a stand-up inside-the-park home run from Marte. They padded their lead in the fifth when smashed his second double of the game, and then scored on a two-run homer by Martinez. In the 8th, Martinez added another homer -- a 410-foot, two-run shot -- to add to the lead. Arizona ended the game with 8 extra-base hits.

"One of those days we've been looking for, for a while," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "I think offensively we did a number of things. ... Nobody had a better day, obviously, than J.D. Martinez."

In 's first Major League start of the season, the right-hander surrendered five earned runs on five hits in three innings of work to the team that originally drafted him. Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the first when singled and then scored on a Matt Kemp groundout, but it couldn't keep pace with the D-backs' bats.

Blair issued five walks, including two straight to begin the four-run third inning. The once highly regarded prospect was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill the rotation void created when was traded to the Twins. Blair was optioned back to Gwinnett after the game, and there's a strong possibility will be called up to fill that spot against the Dodgers next week.

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"I couldn't really locate the fastball when I needed to," Blair said. "I had the slider and curveball for strikes when I needed it. I just fell behind and when I needed to make a pitch, it just wasn't there." 

Arizona starter went six innings and held the Braves to two runs on seven hits to improve to 8-9 on the year.


Gregor's escape: reached on a single to lead off the game and subsequently stole second. He was then caught in a rundown after being caught in no-man's land, and attempted to dodge a tag and slid into third base. He was initially called out, but after Lovullo challenged the call, Blanco was ruled safe and awarded a stolen base. He then scored on a sac fly by to tie the game at 1.

"[Blair] had trouble making some pitches and we screwed up the rundown, which cost him a run," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "So, it just kind of got away from him there."

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Descalso's triple: After Lamb and Goldschmidt led off the third inning with back-to-back walks, sent them both home with a triple off the center field wall that left his bat at 101.3 mph, according to Statcast™. It was Descalso's third triple of the year. He scored one batter later when Marte roped an inside-the-park homer to cap off a four-run D-backs third inning.

"It was nice," Descalso said. "Had a chance to win the series today, after losing last night, and to have a happy flight. We scored a lot of runs today and had good at-bats up and down the lineup."


"We walked way too many guys. They're just too dangerous and their lineup is just too long to do that." -- Snitker, after seeing his team issue nine walks, a season high in any game that did not include extra innings


Blair got a swing-and-miss with 11 of the 26 breaking balls (curveballs and sliders) he threw, but allowed the D-backs to put eight two-seam fastballs in play with an average exit velocity of 95.4 mph. He did not allow more than five two-seamers to be put in play during any of the 15 starts he made for Atlanta last year. 


In the first inning, Gregor Blanco was called out on a tag after being caught in a rundown between second and third base. Arizona challenged the call, and after an official review, the umpires overturned the call and Blanco was ruled safe at third and awarded his 10th stolen base of the season.


Braves: The Braves will resume their road trip when they begin a four-game series against the Phillies Friday at 7:05 p.m ET. will attempt to extend his recent success and extend his dominance at Citizens Bank Park, where he's produced a 1.55 ERA over six starts.

D-backs: The D-backs will hit the road for a four-game set with the Cardinals, beginning Thursday at 4:15 p.m. MST. will get the start for Arizona. He faced the Cardinals at home on June 28 and held St. Louis to three runs on two hits in a no-decision.

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