Freeman, Santana help Braves win 8th straight

Freeman, Santana help Braves win 8th straight

July 4th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Atlanta Braves Chris Johnson, left, and B.J. Upton celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 in their game in Atlanta, Friday, July 4, 2014.

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ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman drove in two runs, Ervin Santana won his second straight start, and the Atlanta Braves stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

The Braves (48-38) have won 10 of 11 to move 10 games over .500 for the first time since April 29. They lead the NL East by 1½ games.

Santana (7-5) gave up six hits and two runs with one walk and six strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings.

Arizona began the night tied with Houston for most losses in the majors with 50. The Diamondbacks have lost seven of 11.

After earning three victories from June 20-28, Arizona's Josh Collmenter (7-5) allowed five runs, 11 hits, one walk, and struck out three in six-plus innings.