Mike Foltynewicz turned in a good start for the Atlanta Braves but a pair of home runs from Chris Herrmann was enough to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-3 win in 11 innings.
Foltynewicz struggled in his season debut but bounced back with a solid start on Sunday. He was in control early allowing one hit over the first four innings. His defense let him down in the fifth. Brandon Drury led off the frame with a single to center. Foltynewicz then retired Chris Herrmann on a lineout to right. Chris Owings then hit a ground ball that shortstop Erick Aybar fielded but fumbled the exchange. He recovered in time to force Drury at second but the double chance was gone.
As has been the case for most of the season, the Braves usually get punished for a mistake and this instance was no exception. Arizona pitcher Patrick Corbin stepped to the plate and tripled home Owings with a line drive to the right centerfield wall to put the Diamondbacks in front 1-0.
Folty followed with a strikeout of Nick Ahmed to end the inning and pitched a scoreless sixth. He retired the first two batters in the seventh before allowing a long home run off the right field foul pole to Herrmann on an 0-2 pitch to make the score 2-0.
That 0-2 pitch was probably the worst pitch he threw all afternoon but that shouldn't put a damper on what was a great outing for Foltynewicz. He finished the day allowing five hits and two runs over seven innings of work. He equaled a career-high with eight strikeouts and didn't walk a single batter in the game. He was effective changing speeds and threw his breaking ball for strikes.
Arizona struck again in the eighth against Braves reliever Alexi Ogando. Jake Lamb singled home Jean Segura with one out to extend the Arizona lead to 3-0.
The Braves missed out on an opportunity to score in the third when Foltynewicz and Nick Markakis hit back-to-back singles with one out. Ender Inciarte lined out to third for the second out of the inning. Corbin then walked Freddie Freeman to load the bases. However, Tyler Flowers flied out to right to end the threat.
Atlanta finally broke through in the eighth in a big way. Markakis and Inciarte got things started with with a pair of singles off Diamondbacks' reliever Andrew Chafin. After a strikeout to Freeman, Flowers followed with a single to center that scored Markakis to give the Braves their first run and cut the lead to 3-1.
Mallex Smith entered the game as a pinch runner for Flowers while Chafin was replaced by Jake Barett. Jeff Francoeur then came up with the huge hit that Atlanta was looking for with a double to deep left that scored Inciarte and Smith to tie the game at 3-3.
The Braves loaded the bases in the ninth thanks to a hit by Markakis and a pair of walks to Freeman and pinch hitter Kelly Johnson. However, Francoeur grounded out to end the threat and the game headed to extra innings.
The score remained tied until the 11th when Herrmann came to the plate with a man on and launched his second home run of the day to put Arizona back in front 5-3. Brad Ziegler pitched around a walk in the bottom half to earn the save.
Herrmann was the offensive star of the day with his third and fourth homers of the season. Lamb and Owings also finished with two hits each for the Diamondbacks. Markakis went 3 for 5 at the plate for the Braves. Francoeur finished with two hits and a pair of RBIs.
Atlanta drops its 10th straight at home and falls to 7-23 on the season. The Braves will look to regroup on Monday's off day before opening a three-game set against the Phillies on Tuesday.