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 5⅓ 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.”
“I thought Randall showed everybody a lot today about his mental makeup,” Uggla added. “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.”
Kennedy (3-0) posted his seventh consecutive win dating to August. He allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings. Arizona 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.