Brandon McCarthy allowed 3 runs in 6 and 1/3rd innings, a better pace from previous outings, but the Diamondbacks offense was less up to the task as they dropped the first game of the series against the Braves.
Didi Gregorius has homered in 100% of his leadoff at-bats this season, and that gave the D'Backs a 1-0 lead to start off the game. The Braves struck back in the 5th when Jason Heyward hit a two-run opposite field homer off McCarthy on a pitch that was very much outside.
The Diamondbacks tied the game up when McCarthy was able to get his first career RBI on a seeing-eye single in the bottom of the inning that scored David Peralta to make it 2-2.
Atlanta retook the lead in the 7th when Andrelton Simmons doubled home Heyward from first base to make it 3-2. They added on off Trevor Cahil another run when Heyward singled home Jordan Schafer. Justin Upton then got a cheapie bloop single to make it 5-2.
Craig Kimbrel did his thing in the 9th.