Austin Riley and Ozzie Albies hit two-run homers and Jorge Soler added a solo explosion to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night in Phoenix.
Freddie Freeman had two hits and scored twice for the Braves, who have won three straight games. Travis d’Arnaud and Dansby Swanson also had two hits for Atlanta (79-70), which maintained its three-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies (77-74) in the National Eastern League.
Ketel Marte, Josh VanMeter and Ildemaro Vargas had two hits apiece for the Diamondbacks (48-103), who have lost for the seventh time in the last eight games and are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for worst record in the major ones.
Arizona made three errors and was a clean nine at-bat with runners in scoring position.
Braves left-hander Drew Smyly (10-4) struck out four strikes and allowed one run on four hits and no walks in 3 1/3 innings. Smyly was the second of six Atlanta pitchers used in a reliever box game.
Arizona right-hander Luke Weaver (3-6) scored three homers in 6 2/3 innings while losing his third straight start. He allowed five runs (three earned) and seven hits while striking out seven on goalless strikes.
Soler hit an error from third baseman VanMeter to open the game, which resulted in Riley getting a batting presence with two strikeouts. Riley took advantage of this by hitting a 424-foot left center shot for his 30th shot of the season.
The Braves extended their lead to 4-0 in the third when Freeman scored a single with one out and Albies followed with a 400-foot right homer, his 29th of the campaign.
The Diamondbacks entered the board late in the third as Daulton Varsho hit a decaying single, advanced to third on Marte’s single down center and scored on Pavin Smith’s infield.
Soler made it 5-1 in the fifth when he landed a 394-foot shot into opposite right field. It was his 24th homerun and 11th in 45 games with Atlanta since being obtained from the Kansas City Royals on the trade deadline.
Arizona charged up goals in the eighth against right-hander Luke Jackson, but Jake McCarthy flew to the middle to end the set.
Atlanta added a run in the ninth when Arnaud doubled down at center right with one out and scored on Swanson’s single at center.