ATLANTA (AP) - A soaring pitch count meant Julio Teheran was forced to leave a tie game after only five innings.
The Diamondbacks then quickly took the lead off Atlanta’s bullpen.
The Braves’ woeful start continued with yet another home loss as former teammate Shelby Miller earned his first win of the season, leading Arizona to a 4-2 win on Saturday night.
The loss left the Braves 1-14 in home games, the worst home start for any team since the 1913 Yankees lost their first 17 home decisions, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Yankees had one tie in that span.
The Braves (7-22) are off to the worst start in franchise history since 1900.
Freddie Freeman hit a first-inning homer, his fourth, for Atlanta.
Teheran described his start as “a real battle.” The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits in five innings.
“I didn’t have my best stuff,” Teheran said. “I did what I could do, and that’s battle.”
Teheran threw 101 pitches, consistently working deep into counts.
“He fought his delivery a little bit,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Bud Norris (1-5), who lost his spot in the rotation after posting an 8.74 ERA in five starts, walked Wellington Castillo to open the sixth. Castillo scored on Brandon Drury’s double to left field, sliding under A.J. Pierzynski’s tag at the plate.
Miller (1-3) allowed two runs on four hits and one walk.
“It feels nice to finally pitch a decent game,” said Miller, who brought an ugly 8.49 ERA into the game after giving up 22 runs in his first 23 1/3 innings.
The Braves traded Miller to Arizona on Dec. 8 and obtained top shortstop prospect Dansby Swanson, right-hander Aaron Blair, who started Friday night’s game, and center fielder Ender Inciarte.
Miller, who was an All-Star and had a 3.02 ERA with the Braves last season, flourished in his return to Turner Field.
“I obviously had a good year here last year and I enjoy pitching in this park,” Miller said. “It was definitely nice to get here and get back on track, but even my last bullpen session I felt I figured out a little something, just kind of slowing down through my mechanics and stopped rushing a bit. I think that helped a ton.”
Brad Ziegler pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Inciarte, who opened the season in center field, started in left field in his return from the disabled list. Gonzalez said Inciarte will play center field when Mallex Smith sits against left-handers.
Smith’s bases-loaded fly ball to left field in the second inning drove in Reid Brignac, whose bunt single toward third base against the shift started the inning.
In the transaction announced Friday night, Adonis Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Diamondbacks: A stiff neck kept OF-IF Yasmany Tomas out of the lineup for the second straight game.
Braves: IF Gordon Beckham (strained left hamstring) could come off the 15-day DL early next week.
Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (1-3, 4.91) will try to extend his streak of 16 2/3 scoreless innings against Atlanta in Sunday’s final game of the series. It is the longest stretch of consecutive innings by an Arizona pitcher against an opponent to start a career. He is 2-0 against Atlanta in three games, including two starts.
Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (0-1, 9.82) will make his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on May 2. He lasted only 3 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits and four runs in a 4-1 loss to the Mets in his first start.
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