Braves Extend Winning Streak to Eight Straight by Beating Arizona

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ATLANTA (AP) – Freddie Freeman drove in two runs, Ervin Santana won his second straight start, and the Atlanta Braves stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
The Braves (48-38) have won 10 of 11 to move 10 games over .500 for the first time since April 29. They lead the NL East by 1½ games.
Santana (7-5) gave up six hits and two runs with one walk and six strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings.
Arizona began the night tied with Houston for most losses in the majors with 50. The Diamondbacks have lost seven of 11.
After earning three victories from June 20-28, Arizona’s Josh Collmenter (7-5) allowed five runs, 11 hits, one walk, and struck out three in six-plus innings.
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