Diamondbacks fall to Braves, NL West lead down to 1 1/2

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks' lead in the National League West is down to 1 1/2 games.

Mark Kotsay homered and Charlie Morton threw seven shutout innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the D-backs 6-4 last night.

Yunel Escobar was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Gregor Blanco and Brian McCann each were 2-for-4 with an RBI and Casey Kotchman also drove in a run for the Braves, who won for just the fourth time in 13 games.

Morton allowed five hits over seven innings for his first victory since July 12.

Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer -- his 24th of the season -- for Arizona in the eighth inning.

Yusmeiro Petit allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six for the Diamondbacks, who now have lost two in a row.

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