ATLANTA (AP) — Huascar Ynoa earned his first career win, Austin Riley and Ozzie Albies homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Friday night.
Ynoa (1-1) allowed only two runs on two hits in six innings. The right-hander led 3-0 before giving up a two-run homer to Carson Kelly in the fifth.
Ynoa’s night to remember also included his first two career hits and his first RBI. The 22-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic doubled to left field off Luke Weaver (1-2) in the third inning for his first hit and added a run-scoring single in the fourth.
“Truth be told, I think my last hit was probably Little League,” Ynoa said through a translator. “It’s been quite a while.”
Ynoa’s teammates were at least as surprised to see the young pitcher have success at the plate.
“A couple of people were like, ‘Is he going to be in the lineup tomorrow?’” Riley said. “That was encouraging for him to get his first win, and to get two knocks was just icing on the cake.”
The strong start by Ynoa helped Atlanta stop Arizona’s four-game winning streak.
Josh Rojas drove home a run in the seventh with a double off Luke Jackson that cut Atlanta’s lead to 4-3. Tyler Matzek struck out pinch-hitter Andrew Young with runners on second and third to end the inning.
Albies added to the lead with his homer off Yoan López in the seventh. The Diamondbacks pulled to 5-4 with a run in the eighth. Pavin Smith doubled and scored from third on Matzek’s wild pitch.
Will Smith pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
“On a night we were a little thin in the bullpen, I thought we did a good job of giving ourselves a chance,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “It was a good game. … We had a chance all the way up until the final out.”