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Arizona’s Kelly Johnson led off the sixth with a triple to right. One out later, Chris Young hit a popup that Freeman chased into foul territory and caught while running with his back to the plate. Johnson took off from third base as Freeman turned and threw to the plate.

Catcher Brian McCann moved to his right to catch Freeman’s throw and then made a lunging tag before Johnson slid over the plate.

“He’s such an athlete, I knew he was going to make that play,” McCann said. “I just caught it and dove for the plate.”

Fredi Gonzalez said McCann deserved credit “for sticking his nose in there and cutting Kelly off.”

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said Johnson had to try to score when the Diamondbacks had so few chances.

“We forced them to make a play,” Gibson said. “I liked what Kelly did. … We were going to go down swinging.”

Arizona began the day 2.5 games ahead of San Francisco in the NL West.

Collmenter (7-8) gave up only four hits and one run in seven innings but saw his streak of road starts without a win extended to nine.

The Diamondbacks have scored only nine runs in their last six games, including three runs in the three losses to Atlanta.

“We tried to make as much happen as we could,” Gibson said.

“We each got five hits. They got a home run. They got seven home runs in three games. We hit none. That’s uncharacteristic of us.”

Collmenter loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but pitched out of the jam with fly balls from Dan Uggla and Freeman.

The Braves couldn’t extend the lead in the eighth when Michael Bourn hit a one-out double to right and advanced to third on Justin Upton’s fielding error.

Bourn took off from third on an attempted squeeze play, but Martin Prado missed the bunt attempt and Bourn was caught in a rundown.

“That’s why they call it a suicide squeeze,” said Fredi Gonzalez said.

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