Alex Cintron hit a lead-off, pinch-hit, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th off of Jim Brower to win it for Arizona.
The Braves didn't really have any business winning this game. It was fortunate that they got where they did. They were losing 5-0 going into the 8th inning after being dominated by Claudio freaking Vargas.
They came to life in the 8th, when Kelly Johnson doubled and Andruw singled him in. Then in the 9th, Langerhans tripled, Franco walked, Furcal singled, and Johnson hit a game-tying 3 run homer. They threatened to score again in the 9th, but stranded 2 runners. The Braves had 17 baserunners on the night, and only 5 scored.
Tim Hudson had a rocky start, going 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Blaine Boyer allowed another run in the 7th. Macay McBride pitched well in his big-league debut, giving the Braves a scoreless inning around a hit and a strikeout. Dan Kolb shut out the Diamondbacks in the 9th. Brower (3-3) then faced one batter in the 10th, Cintron.
Offensive contributors: Kelly Johnson was 2-6 with the 3 run homer, and scored twice. Rafael Furcal was 2-5 with a walk, an RBI, and scored. Chipper Jones was 2-4 with a walk. Ryan Langerhans was 2-5 with a triple and scored. Andruw Jones was 2-5 with an RBI. Marcus Giles was 2-5.
Washington got pulverized by Roger Clemens and the Astros, 14-1. So the Braves failed to take advantage and remain tied for 1st in the division. Both teams also lead the Wild Card, with the Astros 3.5 games back, the Phillies 4 games back, and the Mets 4.5 games back.
Mike Hampton will miss his start later tonight, but Jorge Sosa will pitch on normal rest. He'll go up against Brad Halsey.