ATLANTA — Nick Ahmed hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh after Zack Godley allowed a run over six innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the struggling Atlanta Braves 2-1 Friday night.
Both teams began the week in first place but since have fallen out. The Diamondbacks began the night a half game behind the Dodgers in the National League West. The Braves, losers of seven of their last nine games, fell 1 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Philadelphia.
Godley (11-6) gave up three hits in the first, including Kurt Suzuki’s run-scoring single. He allowed only two hits over the next five innings and struck out seven overall.
Brad Boxberger struck out the side in the ninth for his 23rd save.
Braves right-hander Anibal Sanchez also was sharp, allowing a run and five hits in six innings. The right-hander gave up his run in the sixth, when Alex Avila doubled to left and scored from third on Jon Jay’s blooper into shallow left field. Jay moved to third on a hit-and-run single by Paul Goldschmidt but was thrown out at the plate by first baseman Freddie Freeman on David Peralta’s grounder.
Arizona quickly took the lead against the bullpen in the seventh. Daniel Descalso drew a one-out walk from Sam Freeman (2-5) and scored on Ahmed’s single up the middle off Dan Winkler.
Steven Souza Jr. led off the third with a double to left field but, with the help of a video review, was picked off second by Sanchez. The review showed the tag by shortstop Dansby Swanson before Souza returned to the bag.
Many fans in the SunTrust Park record crowd of 42,130 left their seats when rain began in the sixth, but the only delay was for the grounds crew to add dry dirt to the mound.
Braves: Luiz Gohara is schedule to make two starts with Triple-A Gwinnett before he returns to Atlanta. He’ll be on schedule to start July 24 against Miami. Gohara was optioned to Gwinnett on Thursday, and Preston Tucker was recalled Friday in a corresponding move.
Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke (9-5, 3.39) is 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA in eight career starts against Atlanta.
Braves: Sean Newcomb (7-4, 3.44) has allowed five runs in each of his last two starts, both losses.