A pair of National League foes open up an early week set down in Hotlanta. The Arizona Diamondbacks kick off a road trip with the first game of a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night. Arizona salvaged the finale of a four-game set with the Padres at home, winning 8-4 on Sunday afternoon. Atlanta ended up with a split of their four-game home set with the Mets, prevailing 7-3 on Sunday night to close that series. The Braves won the season series 4-3 last season though the Diamondbacks took two of three here July 13-15, 2018.
Arizona Diamondbacks Hoping to Regroup
Arizona dropped the first three games of their home set with the Padres before coming up with a win in the finale to avoid a sweep. The Diamondbacks entered Monday night third in the NL West, 3.5 games behind San Diego for the top spot in the division. Arizona got three hits from Christian Walker (run, RBI), while Ketel Marte (run, two RBI), Zack Greinke (two runs) and Tim Locastro (run) each added a pair in the win. Marte (his fourth), Walker (his fourth) and David Peralta (his second) each homered in the contest. The offensive barrage was enough support for Greinke (2-1) to earn the win on the mound. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
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Robbie Ray is expected to take the mound for his fourth start of the season for the Diamondbacks in this contest. He is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA, a 1.174 WHIP, 11 walks and 22 strikeouts over 15.1 innings of work to date. Ray did not factor in the decision in his last start, which came at home against Texas Wednesday. He threw five innings, allowing a run on two hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts in a game the Diamondbacks dropped 5-2. Ray logs his fourth career start against Atlanta in this one. He is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA, a 1.696 WHIP, 12 walks and 13 strikeouts over 15.1 innings of action in those outings. Ray, in his 120th major league appearance and 117th career start, pitches at SunTrust Park for the first time.
Atlanta Braves Looking for Third Straight Win
Atlanta bounced back from dropping the first two games of their four-game set with the Mets by taking the last two, earning a split in the process. The Braves entered Monday tied for second in the NL East with the Mets, half a game behind the Phillies. Atlanta got two hits each from Ozzie Albies (two runs) and Josh Donaldson (run, two RBI) in the win. Donaldson (his second), Charlie Culberson (his second) and Nick Markakis (his second) all went deep in the win. Julio Teheran (2-1) earned the win on the mound as he allowed one run on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts over six innings of work.
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Max Fried gets the call for his fifth appearance and third start of the season for the Braves in this contest. He comes in 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a 0.659 WHIP, three walks and nine strikeouts over 13.2 innings of work this season. Fried picked up the win in his last start, which came on the road against the Rockies last Tuesday. He threw six innings, allowing one run (none earned) on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in a 7-1 Atlanta victory. Fried, in his 28th major league appearance and 12th career start, faces the Diamondbacks for the first time. He is 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA, a 1.151 WHIP, 12 walks and 28 strikeouts over 28.2 innings in 10 career appearances, four starts, at SunTrust Park.
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