Justin Upton Homers In Return To Arizona, Braves Crush D-backs 10-1

Norm Hall

Upton's homer was one of three for the Braves, and was one of his four hits in his return to Arizona. Chris Johnson broke out of his slump with three hits in support of Mike Minor.

The Braves brought out the boom sticks tonight as they pounded out 13 hits with Chris Johnson and Justin Upton combining for seven of them in a 10-1 pounding of the Diamondbacks.

Mike Minor served up a first-inning home run to Paul Goldschmidt, but he kept Atlanta close thanks to some fine defense. Former Brave Martin Prado walked leading off the fourth and was at third with one out. Prado raced home on a fly ball to center, but B.J. Upton fired a strike to the plate to nail him at the plate and keep the score at 1-0.

Atlanta tied the score the very next inning against Arizona starter Wade Miley on Dan Uggla's sacrifice fly to score Evan Gattis, but then Chris Johnson snapped his 0-for-18 skid in a big way with a two-run homer to put the Braves in front.

The onslaught would continue in the sixth. B.J. Upton was hit by a pitch in the left shoulder to start the inning - he would later have to leave the game - and then, as if for punishment for hitting his brother, Justin Upton crushed a 440-ft. two-run homer to center, his first home run in over two weeks. Freddie Freeman then doubled; Gattis drew a walk before Brian McCann scored Freeman with a single to right to chase Miley, but that didn't stop Chris Johnson from driving in Gattis with a double, upping the score to 7-1.

Arizona was denied a run yet again in the bottom of the sixth. Cody Ross tried to score from first on Prado's double to left, but Andrelton Simmons gunned him down in plenty of time at the plate.

Mike Minor finished his outing with eight hits allowed in 6.2 innings and four strikeouts, earning his fifth win of the season.

Atlanta tacked on three more runs against two Arizona relievers. Brian McCann launched a long solo homer leading off the eighth; three straight singles in the ninth led to another run and McCann drove home the final run with a sacrifice fly.

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