23 September (WNN) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Adam Duvall appeared to hit his 40th home run of the season, but the hit was ruled a single due to an odd base-running error during a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The awkward play took place at the top of the first innings of a 9-2 win on Wednesday at Chase Field in Phoenix.
The Braves took a 1–0 lead when Duvall stepped up to face Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly along with teammates Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley.
Duvall saw the first pitch, a 91.2-mph fastball, headed toward left center field. The 412-foot hit bounced off Diamondbacks center fielder Jake McCarthy’s glove and cleared the wall.
Duvall scored at first base and asked the nearby umpire if he hit a home run. Riley went back to first from second base, thinking Duvall was out of play. He passed Duvall as he made an error, resulting in an out for Duvall.
Duvall’s three-run home run was converted into a two-run single.
“As a hitter or sprinter, you have to be aware of this,” Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters. “When there’s a runner in front of you, you can’t [pass] Him.
“Maybe, Austin came back and got away a little bit. It’s just part of base running and you should be aware of it. I don’t think it’s a bad rule.”
Diamondbacks right fielder Cole Calhoun halved the deficit with an RBI double in the bottom half of the first.
Riley made up for his mistake with a solo homer at the top of the third. Braves second baseman Ozzy Albiz added a 379-foot, two-run shot into the top of fifth for a 6-1 lead.
Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker hit a single homer in the bottom of the eighth for his team’s final run of the night.
Brave right fielder George Soler took the lead 7-2 with an RBI sacrifice fly at the top of the ninth.
Freeman smacked his 31st homer of the season in the next at-bat. The shot from that two runs traveled an estimated 428 feet.
Braves starter Ian Anderson improved to 8-5 this season with just two hits and one run in seven innings. He issued eight strikes and one walk. Kelly gave seven hits and six runs in six innings for the Diamondbacks.
Duvall scored 2 for 4 with two RBIs in the win. Freeman scored 3 for 5 and scored three runs and two RBIs.
The Braves (80-70) face the Diamondbacks (48-104) in the final game of the series at Chase Field Thursday at 3:40 p.m. EDT.