Max Fried labored through five innings while the bullpen pitched into and out of trouble in a 5-3 win for the Atlanta Braves over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Braves got things started in the second against Arizona starter Zack Godley. Ender Inciarte singled home Johan Camargo with the two outs in the second to stake Atlanta to an early 1-0 lead.
Godley was replaced by Jon Duplantier to start the third and he immediately ran into trouble. A fastball ran up and in and hit Ronald Acuña Jr. on the hand to start the inning. Dansby Swanson the flew out to deep center before Nick Markakis worked a walk. Ozzie Albies moved both runners up a base with a ground out to first baseman Christian Walker before Camargo lined a single to right to score Acuña and Markakis to make it 3-0.
Culberson followed with a solid single to center and Flowers redeemed himself singling through the right side to score Camargo to make it 4-0.
Max Fried had to deal with baserunners every inning but did a good job of limiting the damage. He escaped a bases loaded situation in the first and left one runner stranded in the second. Arizona finally broke through in the fourth when Nick Ahmed scored on a double by Carson Kelly to make it 4-1. Two batters later, Adam Jones jumped on a breaking ball that Fried left out over the plate and drove it out to left to make it 4-3.
Fried would exit after the fifth having allowed nine hits and three runs while striking out seven. He threw 95 pitches with 62 of them going for strikes.
Arizona would threaten again in the seventh against Sean Newcomb. Jones jumped on a first pitch fastball for a leadoff single and moved over to third on a single by Ketel Marte. Eduardo Escobar then flew out to Markakis in right for the first out. Markakis’ throw home overshot the cut off man allowing Marte to move up to second. David Peralta followed with a grounder to Swanson at short who threw home. Flowers couldn’t handle the throw initially but kept it in front of him while Jones retreated to third base.
With the bases loaded and just one out, Newcomb then buckled down and struck out Walker for out number two. Brian Snitker then called for right-hander Daniel Winkler. Wilmer Flores then lined a fly ball into the gap in right that Markakis was able to lay out for and flag down for the final out of the inning.
The Braves would tack on an insurance run in the eighth as Flowers tripled home Culberson to make it 5-3. That was Flowers’ second triple of the season.
Luke Jackson took over in the eighth and allowed a single to Kelly and a double by Jones but struck out Marte to escape without any damage. Jackson would stay in for the ninth and retired the Diamondbacks in order to secure the win.
Johan Camargo got the start in place of Josh Donaldson who went 2-for-4 and drove in two. Freddie Freeman was a late scratch to the lineup because of a head cold. Culberson replaced him at first and went 3-for-4 in the game.
With the win, Atlanta improves to 21-20 on the season and finishes their 10-game road trip with a 6-4 record. They will return home and enjoy an off day on Monday before opening a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday at SunTrust Park.