ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The
may not have been perfect, but
were good enough.
Gonzalez hit his second homer of the game in the 11th inning and Finley followed with another solo blast as the Diamondbacks defeated the
One night after
tossed the 15th perfect game in modern major league history, the Diamondbacks appeared to be cruising to another shutout victory after starter
blanked the Braves for seven innings.
But the Braves, who had managed just one run in their previous two games, snapped an 18 inning scoreless streak and rallied for four runs off the Diamondbacks' bullpen in the eighth, capped by a two-run homer by
The 45-year-old Franco broke his own record as the oldest player to hit a pinch-hit homer, a mark he set two weeks ago.
"I wasn't trying to hit a homerun," Franco said. "He threw me a pitch up and away, and I was lucky enough to connect very well."
The celebration was short-lived for Atlanta as Gonzalez homered in the 11th off
(0-1). It was the 12th homer of the season for Gonzalez, who also hit a two-run homer in the sixth off
and has 20 career multi-homer games.
Finley followed with his major league-leading 13th homer to give the Diamondbacks a two-run cushion.
"I let (Gonzalez) catch me for an at-bat," said Finley, who has eight home runs in the month of May. "I thought it was a curveball or slider. I was able to get a pitch in the zone."
(2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Webb allowed six hits with three walks and one strikeout.
"It was perfect enough. It was a win," Arizona manager
said. "Webby pitched a heck of a game. Our offense did just enough. Bottom line is we won the ballgame."
The Diamondbacks scored a pair of runs in the fifth on an RBI groundout by
and a run-scoring single by Webb.
Gonzalez, who had grounded into two double plays in his first two at-bats, homered in the sixth to score
, who singled to open the inning.
"I told Kata that I was going to hit a double or something to not have an opportunity (to ground into three double plays)," Gonzalez said.
With the loss, the Braves fell a season high four games behind .500 for the second time this season. The last time the Braves were four games or more under .500 this late in the season was May 30, 1992.
"We're struggling right now, but if you look at the division, we're three or four games out," Thomson said. "We've been slow starters for the last how many years? I've always heard the Braves are a second-half team."