PHOENIX (AP) — Austin Riley made what he called a minor mechanical adjustment at the plate two weeks ago that has led to major success.
“(Assistant hitting coach Bobby Magallanes) noticed my posture when I was loading, I was turning my shoulders when I was trying to swing and they were facing second base,” Riley said. “We cleaned that up back to where I am more square to the plate. It’s allowed me stay on more balls. Whether I get fooled a little bit, I am still able to put a decent swing on it.”
His 439-foot, three-run homer in the seventh inning broke open Atlanta’s 6-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday and helped the Braves avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.
It was Riley’s fifth homer in the last eight games and 13th of the year.
“It’s good to bounce back after the last couple of days and play a game like that,” said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker, whose team lost leads in the first two games of the three-game set. “That is more indicative of what we are capable of.”
Atlanta right-hander Kyle Wright threw six scoreless innings and catcher William Contreras had three hits — including two of Atlanta’s five doubles. Adam Duvall, Michael Harris II and Guillermo Heredia also doubled for the Braves.
Wright (5-3) received more than three runs of support for the first time this season while giving up three hits and five walks with five strikeouts in his seventh quality start. The Braves had scored 16 runs when he was in the game in his previous nine starts.
“The last couple of outings he has been grinding his butt off,” Riley said of Wright. “He’s a stud.”
Atlanta recorded its third combined shutout of the season, the second in which Wright has started.
“It was pretty ugly,” Wright…