Braves blow big lead, still beat Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) - Brooks Conrad scrambled home to break a ninth-inning tie and the Atlanta Braves, after blowing a five-run lead, beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-7 Thursday.

Conrad led off with a pinch-hit single, stole second and made a headfirst slide to score on pinch-hitter Brian McCann's one-out single off closer Chad Qualls (1-3).

Jason Heyward and pinch-hitter Eric Hinske also had RBI singles off Qualls. A sacrifice fly by Troy Glaus off Carlos Rosa capped the late burst. Reliever Jonny Venters' throwing error on what should have been an inning-ending double play set up a three-run double by ex-Brave Kelly Johnson in the eighth that tied it at 7.

Peter Moylan (3-1), the loser in Wednesday night's bizarre 2-1 game, got the final out of the eighth for the win.

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