PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona pitcher Zac Gallen got mad in the fifth inning, catcher José Herrera got a little madder but manager Torey Lovullo was the maddest of them all, rushing onto the field to argue with the home plate umpire before his quick ejection.
The Diamondbacks may have lost their manager, but the argument — complete with pointing and yelling in umpire John Libka’s face — might have helped win the game. Not long after Lovullo was tossed, Arizona scored three runs in the fifth to break the game open and ended up beating the Atlanta Braves 6-2.
“That seemed to kind of calm us down but also light a fire under us a little,” Gallen said.
“It was just a really, really good game for us after four tough games,” said Lovullo, pointing to Arizona overcoming a four-game losing streak by bouncing back after being swept by the Dodgers over the weekend. “We were ready to go. It speaks volumes about the toughness of this team. Now we’ve got to do it again tomorrow.”
Pavin Smith hit a three-run homer early in the game, giving the D-backs a 3-1 lead, and then came the fifth.
All three runs scored after the Braves should have been out of the inning: Gold Glove first baseman Matt Olson dropped a throw that would have completed an inning-ending double play. Ketel Marte had a two-run double on a scorched line drive to the center field wall and David Peralta followed with an RBI single that brought home Marte.
Gallen (4-0) gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and two walks while striking out six. The right-hander has a 2.32 ERA this season through nine starts.
The 26-year-old is starting to regain the dominance that he flashed during the shortened 2020 season, when he was one of the best pitchers in the National League and finished ninth in the NL Cy Young…