Braves left fielder Martin Prado makes a leaping catch to rob Arizona Diamondbacks’ Miguel Montero of a home run in Atlanta’s 6-4 loss on Sunday in Arizona that snapped a five-game winning streak.
PHOENIX —Even a series-ending loss didn’t dampen the spirits of the Atlanta Braves.
Gerardo Parra hit an early grand slam and the Braves never quite recovered Sunday in a 6-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks that snapped a five-game winning streak.
“This is a good start on our road trip,” second baseman Dan Uggla said. “It’s really hard to beat a team four times.”
Though a sweep eluded the Braves, they moved on to Los Angeles having won 10 of their past 12 games. Arizona had lost five in a row.
“We hit some balls hard but they didn’t find a hole,” said Uggla, who finished 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. “We had some opportunities.”
Atlanta starter Randall Delgado wasn’t able to reach the seventh inning for the first time in his brief 10-game career. But he was able to keep the Diamondbacks in check after a poor second inning.
Delgado (2-1) retired the first five Arizona batters he faced. Jason Kubel then singled, Cody Ransom doubled and John McDonald was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs in the second.
Delgado walked pitcher Ian Kennedy on four pitches before Parra hit a drive into the pool area beyond the right-center field fence for a 5-1 lead.
“I was trying to stay down in the zone but it stayed up,” Delgado said.
Delgado went 5 1-3 innings, giving up five runs and three hits. He struck out six, walked four and hit two batters.
“It was a good learning experience,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He gets two quick outs in an inning then next think you know there’s a five spot put on the board. It’s a young pitcher, a young pitcher that needs to mature and get into those situations and doesn’t let the innings get away from him.”
Kennedy (3-0) posted his seventh straight win dating to last August. The Diamondbacks helped him by scoring more than two runs for the first time in four games.
Michael Bourn had three hits, walked once and scored twice for the Braves.
Bourn sped the Braves to a 1-0 lead in the first when he led off the game with a double to deep center, took third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Freddie Freeman.
Bourn also scored Atlanta’s second run, singling in the third and coming around on Martin Prado’s double down the left-field line.
Prado contributed with his glove, too, taking away an apparent home run from Miguel Montero in the third with a leaping catch just to the right of the 376-foot sign in left field.
Delgado recorded his first career hit with one out in the fifth, went to second on Bourn’s single and later scored on a single by Freeman to pull Atlanta within 5-3.
“I thought Randall showed everybody a lot today about his mental makeup,” Uggla said. “He had a few mistakes that one inning but that was all they got. He really came out, bounced back and battled and gave us a chance to win the ballgame.”
Parra singled, stole second and scored on a double by Aaron Hill for a 6-3 Arizona lead in the seventh.
Kennedy allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings. David Hernandez retired the side in the eighth and J.J. Putz recorded his fifth save despite allowing a one-out home run to Juan Francisco.
NOTES: Kennedy is 16-1 with three no decisions in his past 20 starts. … Chipper Jones, playing his final game at Chase Field, pinch-hit in the seventh and grounded into a double play. Jones hit .328 with six homers and 35 RBIs in 52 career games in Phoenix and was honored after the third. … Braves pitchers had retired 24 straight hitters before Kubel’s second-inning single. … The intentional walk to McDonald was the first of his 891-game career. … The Diamondbacks’ series opener Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies originally was billed as a match of Daniel Hudson and Cliff Lee, at least before both went on the disabled list. RHP Kyle Kendrick will start for the Phillies against LHP Wade Miley, who was announced by the Diamondbacks via Twitter following the game. … Atlanta RHP Jair Jurrjens will try to improve his 8.10 ERA in Los Angeles against LHP Chris Capuano and the Dodgers. Jurrjens has lasted only 13 1-3 innings total in his first three starts, allowing 12 runs on 21 hits and nine walks.