Atlanta Braves outfielder Adam Duvall went 2 for 4 with two RBIs in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday in Phoenix. File Photo by George Nikitin/UPI | License Photo
Sept. 23 (UPI) -- 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 peculiar play occurred in the top of the first inning of the 9-2 triumph Wednesday at Chase Field in Phoenix.
The Braves led 1-0 when Duvall stepped in to face Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly with teammates Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley on base.
Duvall smacked the first pitch he saw, a 91.2-mph fastball, toward left center field. The 412-foot hit bounced off the glove of Diamondbacks center fielder Jake McCarthy and just cleared the wall.
Duvall rounded first base and asked the nearby umpire if he hit a home run. Riley circled back from second base toward first, thinking Duvall was out on the play. He passed Duvall as he made the error, resulting in an out for Duvall.
Duvall's would-be three-run home run was converted to a two-run single.
"As a hitter or runner, you have to be aware of that," Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters. "When you have a runner in front of you, you can't [pass] him.
"Probably, Austin got a little carried away coming back. That's just part of base running and you have to be aware of that. I don't think it's a bad rule at all."
Diamondbacks right fielder Kole Calhoun cut the deficit in half with an RBI double in the bottom of the first.
Riley made up for his blunder with a solo homer in the top of the third. Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies added a 379-foot, two-run shot in the top of the fifth for a 6-1 edge.
Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth for his team's final run of the night.
Braves right fielder Jorge Soler pushed the lead to 7-2 with an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth.
Freeman smacked his 31st homer of the season in the next at-bat. That two-run shot to right traveled an estimated 428 feet.
Braves starter Ian Anderson allowed just two hits and one run in seven innings to improve to 8-5 this season. He issued eight strikeouts and one walk. Kelly allowed seven hits and six runs over six innings for the Diamondbacks.
Duvall went 2 for 4 with two RBIs in the win. Freeman went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
The Braves (80-70) face the Diamondbacks (48-104) in the final game of the series at 3:40 p.m. EDT Thursday at Chase Field.