Braves hit 3 homers, including go-ahead shot by Harris, to support Sale in 5-2 win over Arizona


ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Harris II hit a go-ahead homer in the fourth inning, left-hander Chris Sale gave Atlanta's rotation a boost in his first home start, and the Braves beat Arizona 5-2 on Sunday to cap a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.

The Braves hit three homers. Matt Olson led off the second with a solo shot and Austin Riley added a two-run blast in the eighth.

Sale (1-0), acquired from the Boston Red Sox in an offseason trade for Vaughn Grissom, allowed two runs on four hits with no walks in 5 1/3 innings. Atlanta relied on its bats and bullpen in comeback wins in the first two games of the series following poor starts by Spencer Strider and Max Fried.

Sale said the ovation from the sellout crowd of 40,693 when he left the field in the sixth was memorable.

“It's my first time pitching here ever and my first time pitching here for the Braves,” Sale said. “It was special. ... I felt the energy throughout the whole game.”

Sale retired Arizona's first 10 batters before giving up two runs in the fourth, when Christian Walker had a run-scoring single. A balk by Sale allowed Corbin Carroll, who singled for the Diamondbacks' first hit, to score from third base.

Arizona right-hander Ryne Nelson (0-2) allowed two homers, including the shot by Harris that gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead.

Nelson allowed three runs on five hits in five innings. He matched his career high with seven strikeouts.

Relievers Joe Jiménez, Tyler Matzek and Pierce Johnson combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Johnson pitched the ninth for his second save, giving closer Raisel Iglesias a rest after pitching in the first two games of the series.

The bullpen allowed no runs in 12 1/3 innings in the three-game series.

“That's a pretty impressive body of work these last three days,” said manager Brian Snitker.