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SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia Attendance: 22,407
Braves look to cool off Diamondbacks OF Peralta
Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves
- The D-Backs avoided a sweep against the Padres with an 8-4 win on Sunday despite allowing two home runs. Arizona has allowed at least one home run in 15 of its 16 games. The 31 home runs allowed by the D-Backs' pitching is the third most in MLB and their most through 16 games in team history.
- The Braves won the last two games in their four-game set against the Mets, scoring 18 runs after scoring only five in the first two games. They are averaging 7.11 runs in their wins this season compared to 3.00 in losses.
- Freddie Freeman has slugged .660 in his career against the Diamondbacks, the third highest against the team in MLB history (minimum 200 plate appearances). Only Vladimir Guerrero (.720) and Barry Bonds (.693) have a higher slugging percentage.
- David Peralta added a pinch hit three-run homer on Sunday, bringing his slash line to .373/.400/.597. His batting average is the highest by a D-Back through 16 games of the season since Justin Upton hit .377 through 16 games in 2008 (minimum 50 plate appearances).
- Ozzie Albies has seven multi-hit games this season and eight games with one or no hits. The Braves are 7-0 when he has a multi-hit game, the most wins without a loss in baseball.
- Max Fried has yet to allow an earned run in two starts and two relief appearances this season. Right-handed hitters are batting .114 against him this season, lowest in the NL (minimum 30 righties faced).
- Padres, Rockies score 92 runs in 4 games
- Dodgers score late, win 3 of 4 from Cubs
- Red Sox rally by O's, extend streak to 5
- Red-hot Donaldson, Braves rip Phils 15-1
- Stacked Yanks send OF Frazier to minors
It will be a matchup of surging southpaw starters when the Arizona Diamondbacks and host Atlanta Braves open their three-game series Tuesday night.
Arizona kicks off a 10-game road trip by sending Robbie Ray (0-1, 3.52) against Atlanta's Max Fried (2-0, 0.00).
The Diamondbacks broke a four-game losing streak by beating the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Atlanta has won two straight after splitting a four-game series with the New York Mets.
Ray received no-decision in his last start on April 10 against the Texas Rangers. He allowed one run on two hits with 10 strikeouts in his five-inning stint. He has allowed three or fewer runs in three straight games to start the season and opponents are batting only .137 against him.
Ray is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA in three career starts against Atlanta, but will be making his first career start at SunTrust Park.
Fried has not given up an earned run in his two starts and has forced his way into the rotation. He was originally seen as a long man and opened the season in the bullpen. Fried threw his knee-buckling curve ball 37 percent of the time in his last start at Colorado.
"In the bullpen, I noticed all my pitches were breaking about the same as they normally did," Fried said. "So I just wanted to attack them, get ahead, throw some curveballs, some sliders, some changeups, and keep them off balance."
The Diamondbacks have been struggling with offense. They scored four or fewer runs three times over their past seven games. Arizona lost three one-run games during that stretch and hit only .237 overall and .185 with runners in scoring position.
One exception is outfielder David Peralta, who will be happy to see the Braves. He is a career .333 hitter (30-for-98) with two doubles, two homers and 13 RBIs in 25 games against Atlanta.
Peralta was given the day off Sunday, but got a chance to pinch-hit in the sixth inning and hit a three-run homer.
"Even if you're not in the lineup, you always have to be ready for the opportunity, any kind of opportunity," Peralta said.
Peralta has been ready all season. His 25 hits through 16 games matches the team record set by Matt Williams in 1999 and his league-leading nine doubles are a franchise best for that span. He's batting .373 with 10 RBIs.
Arizona is playing without first baseman Jake Lamb, who has been out since April 3 with a strained left calf. His replacement Christian Walker was 3-for-4 with a homer on Sunday when the Diamondbacks beat the Padres.
The Diamondbacks learned that left-hander T.J. McFarland, who opened the season on the injured list with shoulder inflammation, will began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Wednesday.
Arizona catcher Alex Avila (strained left quad) has resumed baseball activities and is eligible to come off the injured list on Wednesday.
Atlanta has moved left-hander A.J. Minter into the role of closer now that Arodys Vizcaino has been placed on the injured list with right shoulder soreness. Minter threw a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday.
The Braves also recalled right-hander Dan Winkler and rookie Jacob Webb, who will make his major league debut. Left-hander Sean Newcomb was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to work on his control.
--Field Level Media
Updated April 15, 2019