- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Craig Kimbrel has been as close to automatic as any closer in the game over the past four years.

Yet, as Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pointed out: “He’s human, right?”

One night after becoming the Braves’ career leader in saves, Kimbrel blew one Saturday night and Atlanta went on to lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 in 11 innings.

It was the third blown save in 19 tries for Kimbrel this season and just his 18th in 173 opportunities in his career - still the third-best percentage of any closer with at least 150 tries.

This one, he said, will be forgotten in a hurry.

“You’ve still got to go out there and do your job no matter how bad you felt about what happened the day before,” Kimbrel said. “We put this game behind us and come out and win the series tomorrow.”

Kimbrel, who earned a four-out save in Atlanta’s 5-2 victory Friday night, got Chris Owings to fly out to start the ninth. But Ender Inciarte walked and stole second, then Hill sliced one just inside the right-field foul line for a double to bring Inciarte home.

“You don’t walk guys and let them steal second,” Kimbrell said. “That’s kind of what happens when you let a guy get two free bases like that.”

Arizona was 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position before Hill’s big hit.

Jason Heyward homered off Addison Reed in the 10th to put Atlanta up 3-2, but Arizona’s Miguel Montero answered with an opposite-field shot to left off Anthony Varvaro.

Gerardo Parra ended it with a bloop single off David Carpenter that brought Cody Ross home from second.

“That broken-bat hit there at the end, it looks like a line drive tomorrow,” Heyward said.

The Diamondbacks were 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position before Hill’s hit.

Montero was 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position up to that time.

“I was already pretty mad at the plate already because I left so many guys on base,” he said. “I really was thinking about hitting a homer. I am not going to lie.”

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