Riley, Braves fight back from early 6-run deficit to beat Diamondbacks 9-8


ATLANTA (AP) — Austin Riley had three hits, the last an eighth-inning single that drove in the go-ahead run, and the Atlanta Braves overcame a six-run, first-inning deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-8 on Saturday night.

The Diamondbacks failed to hold a 6-0 lead after they blew a 5-2 advantage in Atlanta’s 6-5 win in 10 innings Friday night.

Jarred Kelenic, who had three hits, led off the eighth with a double off Luis Frias (0-1) before scoring on a single to right field by Ronald Acuña Jr. to tie it at 8. Acuña moved to second on right fielder Jake McCarthy's throwing error and scored on Riley's single to give Atlanta the lead.

Ketel Marte's homer sparked the six-run first inning off Max Fried that added to a day of bad news for Atlanta's starting pitchers.

Fried gave up eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings. Fried has allowed 10 earned runs in five innings in his first two starts, adding more concern to Atlanta's rotation after ace Spencer Strider was found to have damage in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. An MRI on Saturday revealed the damage which leaves Strider's status for the remainder of the season uncertain.

Marcell Ozuna doubled in a run in the fourth and hit a three-run homer off Brandon Pfaadt in the fifth, when the Braves trimmed Arizona's lead to 8-5.

Pfaadt gave up five runs on eight hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings.

A.J. Minter (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth and Raisel Iglesias got the final three outs for his first save.