Shelby Miller pitched around early trouble and earned his first win of the season as the Atlanta Braves dropped their third straight with a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Braves wasted little time in jumping out to an early lead as Freddie Freeman launched the first pitch he saw from Miller into the right centerfield stands to put Atlanta in front 1-0 in the first.
Miller came into the game really struggling and the Braves had him on the ropes again in the second inning. Atlanta loaded the bases with no one out to start the second but managed just one run as Miller worked his way off the hook. Julio Teheran popped up to second for the first out. Mallex Smith followed with a sacrifice fly to left to score Reid Brignac to make the score 2-0. Nick Markakis grounded to second to end the threat but Miller dodged a huge bullet.
Arizona struck back in the third against Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. Miller led off the inning with his first hit of the season. After a strikeout to Nick Ahmed, Jean Segura singled to put runners at first and second for the Diamondbacks.
Jake Lamb followed with a double to right to score Miller and Segura who scored after Erick Aybar couldn't handle the relay throw from the outfield. Teheran battled back to strike out David Peralta and got Welington Castillo to fly out to end the inning.
Teheran struggled with his command for most of the evening and exited after throwing 101 pitches in five innings. Despite not having his best stuff, he was able to keep Atlanta in the game allowing five hits and two runs with only one earned due to the error.
Bud Norris replaced Teheran in the sixth and immediately ran into trouble after issuing a leadoff walk to Castillo. Brandon Drury followed with a double to the left field wall that scored Castillo from first to give the Diamondbacks the lead 3-2.
After allowing two runs in the first, Miller settled down allowing just two hits after the second inning. He was lifted after allowing two runs and four hits over six innings of work.
Hunter Cervenka continued his string of good outings with a scoreless seventh. Jason Grilli worked out of a jam in the eighth when Markakis ran down a foul ball in the right field corner off the bat of Ahmed to end the inning.
Arizona added an insurance run in the ninth against Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino. Segura singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a balk. He later scored on a groundout by Castillo to extend the lead to 4-2.
Brad Ziegler earned his sixth save of the season by retiring the Braves in order in the ninth.
Brignac accounted for two of Atlanta's four hits on the evening. Ender Inciarte returned to Braves' lineup after a lengthy stay on the DL and went 0 for 3. Drury finished 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles while Segura and Lamb added two hits each for Arizona.
The Braves will look to avoid a sweep on Sunday as Mike Foltynewicz makes his second start of the season. The Diamondbacks will counter with lefty Patrick Corbin.