Robbie Ray lasted only 4.1 innings in Atlanta tonight, scattering six hits and four walks, without striking out one of the twenty batters faced. He seemed to be working behind most of the night, and it took some help from his defense, who turned double-plays in the first, second and fourth innings, for him to avoid more damage than actually resulted. As it was, there were a pair of RBI triples with two outs in the third, and then an RBI single with one out in the fifth, which ended Ray's night. Andrew Chafin, Addison Reed and Daniel Hudson worked 3.2 scoreless innings, with Reed going for two frames.
Allowing three runs would normally be enough to give us a chance, but it felt like a mountain to climb. We managed only three hits off six innings of Julio Teheran, but did break up the shutout in the sixth, when Paul Goldschmidt shot one into the gap for an RBI double. In the eighth, we made it a one-run game against the Braves' weak bullpen, A.J. Pollock singling home Ender Inciarte. Pollock then stole second, but Goldschmidt grounded out into the hole at short and the opportunity was lost.