PHOENIX (AP) — Cooper Hummel ripped a few baseballs early in the game that came off his bat at over 100 miles per hour. They were outs.
Then in the 10th inning, he got jammed and hit a little floater into right field. It was a game-winning double.
“The game’s weird in that regard,” Hummel said.
And on Tuesday night, it had a happy ending for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hummel’s game-deciding double landed just fair down the right-field line and gave the D-backs a come-from-behind 8-7 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Atlanta led 6-2 going into the bottom of the sixth but Arizona rallied with two runs in the sixth and another in the eighth. The D-backs tied the game in the ninth on Daulton Varsho’s sacrifice fly off Kenley Jansen, who blew his third save in 15 chances.
The Braves recovered quickly. Dansby Swanson started the 10th inning as the automatic runner on second base and was driven home by Marcell Ozuna, whose single made it 7-6.
But Arizona had one more rally left. David Peralta’s one-out single scored Jake McCarthy to tie it at 7.
Then it was Hummel’s turn. The rookie was hitless in four at-bats prior to his clutch double, which wasn’t hit particularly hard but drifted over the infield and landed fair as the dejected Braves trudged off the field.
“This team’s really resilient,” Hummel said. “We grind out at-bats, we grind out games. If it’s not one guy, it’s the next guy.”
Mark Melancon (1-5) got the win. Jackson Stephens (1-2) took the loss.
The loss ruined a big day by Atlanta’s Matt Olson, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a two-run double in the fifth.
The Braves jumped ahead 3-2 in the fourth inning on Olson’s sixth homer of the year, a scorched 113-mph shot into the team’s bullpen down the line beyond the right-field wall. He had another key hit in…