News 12 @ 6 Sunday May 25, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Eric Byrnes failed to come through with the bases
loaded in the third inning. He didn't waste another chance in the
fifth. Byrnes hit his first career grand slam to knock Tom Glavine out
of the game and power the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Atlanta
Braves 9-3 today.
Glavine gave up six runs and five hits while walking six in 4
2-3 innings. Braves pitchers issued a season-high 11 walks. Orlando Hudson hit three doubles for Arizona. Chris Young, who had two hits and a walk, led off the game with his 11th homer. Diamondbacks starter Micah Owings (6-2) gave up six hits and three runs, two earned, in six innings. He struck out four and walked two. The Braves did not have a hit after the third inning.
The slumping Byrnes needed the big hit. He was batting .135
(10-for-74) in May and hit seventh for only the third time this
year. Byrnes had more troubles in his first two at-bats against
Glavine. He struck out with a runner on third to end the first
Glavine (2-2) issued an intentional walk to Chris Snyder to load
the bases with two outs in the third. Byrnes then hit a popup to
second baseman Kelly Johnson, dropping his batting average to .212.
With Atlanta leading 3-2 in the fifth, Glavine issued
back-to-back walks to Justin Upton and Snyder to load the bases for
Byrnes, again with two outs. This time, Byrnes turned on a 2-2
pitch from Glavine and hit a drive to left that barely cleared the
wall. It was only the second grand slam allowed by Glavine in his 22nd
major league season.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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