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Braves hit 3 homers, including go-ahead shot by Harris, to support Sale in 5-2 win over Arizona


ATLANTA (AP) Michael Harris II hit a go-ahead homer in the fourth inning, left-hander Chris Sale gave Atlanta’s rotation a boost in his first home start, and the Braves beat Arizona 5-2 on Sunday to cap a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.

The Braves hit three homers. Matt Olson led off the second with a solo shot and Austin Riley added a two-run blast in the eighth.

Sale (1-0), acquired from the Boston Red Sox in an offseason trade for Vaughn Grissom, allowed two runs on four hits with no walks in 5 1/3 innings. Atlanta relied on its bats and bullpen in comeback wins in the first two games of the series following poor starts by Spencer Strider and Max Fried.

Sale said the ovation from the sellout crowd of 40,693 when he left the field in the sixth was memorable.

“It’s my first time pitching here ever and my first time pitching here for the Braves,” Sale said. “It was special. … I felt the energy throughout the whole game.”

Sale retired Arizona’s first 10 batters before giving up two runs in the fourth, when Christian Walker had a run-scoring single. A balk by Sale allowed Corbin Carroll, who singled for the Diamondbacks’ first hit, to score from third base.

Arizona right-hander Ryne Nelson (0-2) allowed two homers, including the shot by Harris that gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead.

Nelson allowed three runs on five hits in five innings. He matched his career high with seven strikeouts.

Relievers Joe Jiménez, Tyler Matzek and Pierce Johnson combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Johnson pitched the ninth for his second save, giving closer Raisel Iglesias a rest after pitching in the first two games of the series.

The bullpen allowed no runs in 12 1/3 innings in the three-game series.

“That’s a pretty impressive body of work these last three days,” said manager Brian Snitker.


Diamondbacks: SS Geraldo Perdomo will have surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Perdomo was placed on the 10-day injured list. “It’s definitely a blow to this team but we’ve got to find a way to overcome it,” said manager Torey Lovullo. The normal recovery time for the surgery is six to eight weeks. Perdomo was an All-Star in 2023 when he hit .246 with six homers and 16 stolen bases. IF Kevin Newman was recalled from Triple-A Reno and started at second base.

Braves: Strider was placed on the IL as expected after an MRI on Saturday revealed a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. RHP Allan Winans was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. No decision on possible season-ending Tommy John surgery is expected before Strider is evaluated further by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas, at a date to be determined.


Diamondbacks: Arizona will open a three-game series at Colorado when RHP Zac Gallen (2-0, 0.82) is schedule to face Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (0-2, 27.00) on Monday.

Braves: Former Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran will make his New York debut when the Mets open a four-game series against Charlie Morton (1-0, 0.00) and the Braves on Monday night.


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  • Truist ParkAtlanta, GA
  • W: C. Sale (1-0)L: R. Nelson (0-2)S: P. Johnson (1)
  • HR: ATL – A. Riley (1), M. Olson (2), M. Harris (1)




K. Marte DH4000.333
C. Carroll CF4110.200
L. Gurriel LF4110.310
C. Walker 1B4021.238
E. Suarez 3B4000.316
R. Grichuk RF3000.286
b- J. McCarthy PH1000.333
B. Alexander SS3010.286
T. Barnhart C1000.333
a- G. Moreno PH-C0000.179
K. Newman 2B3000.000
  • a-walked for Barnhart in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Grichuk in the 9th
R. Acuna RF4000.242
O. Albies 2B4110.265
A. Riley 3B4112.257
M. Olson 1B4111.303
M. Ozuna DH4110.314
M. Harris CF3111.344
O. Arcia SS3010.387
J. Kelenic LF3010.579
C. Tromp C2001.000


  • SH – T. Barnhart
  • RBI – C. Walker (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out – K. Marte


  • 2B – O. Albies (2)
  • HR – A. Riley (2), M. Olson (3), M. Harris (2)
  • SF – C. Tromp
  • RBI – A. Riley 2 (8), M. Olson (8), M. Harris (5), C. Tromp
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out – R. Acuna, A. Riley


  • E – B. Alexander (2)
R. Nelson(L, 0-2)5.053078.22
K. Nelson1.200020.00
M. Castro1.122016.23
C. Sale(W, 1-0)5.142063.38
J. Jimenez(H, 2)1.200022.08
T. Matzek(H, 1)1.000100.00
P. Johnson(S, 1)1.010001.80


  • Pitches-Strikes – R. Nelson 98-64, K. Nelson 19-13, M. Castro 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls – R. Nelson 6-4, K. Nelson 1-0, M. Castro 2-1
  • Batters Faced – R. Nelson 21, K. Nelson 5, M. Castro 6


  • Pitches-Strikes – C. Sale 96-69, J. Jimenez 21-16, T. Matzek 16-10, P. Johnson 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls – C. Sale 10-1, J. Jimenez 2-1, T. Matzek 1-2, P. Johnson 1-1
  • Batters Faced – C. Sale 20, J. Jimenez 5, T. Matzek 4, P. Johnson 4