In a matter of an inning in his last start, D-backs left-hander Wade Miley went from working on his first career shutout to watching his team's lead -- and the game -- slip away.
Miley was dominant against the Pirates on Tuesday, two-hitting Pittsburgh through eight innings. He then allowed hits to the first two batters he faced in the ninth and watched them come around to score against closer Addison Reed, tying the game at 2.
The Pirates would seal a 3-2 win on an Ike Davis walk-off single.
"Obviously, in the moment, it's frustrating when it happened, but you've got to take the positives out of that -- the eight innings," said Miley, who finished the game allowing four hits, two runs and striking out 10 in eight innings. "You can't learn a whole lot from the two batters in the ninth.
"Take the eight and just kind of roll with that."
Miley has been looking to get on a roll all season. He's 3-6 with a 4.61 ERA this year as he tries to find consistency from start to start.
"I'm trying to get on a little consistent run. I've been back and forth all year," he said. "One outing good, one outing bad, just struggling a little bit. I'm just trying to find some consistency and move forward."
It might be tough to do that against the Braves, however, who enter Sunday's game on a nine-game winning streak.
"They're hot right now," Miley said. "They've got a good squad over there. You've just got to go out and compete and make pitches; establish the fastball and go from there."
Miley will go up against left-hander Alex Wood, whose last start was in some ways the opposite of Miley's. Wood struggled early, as he and catcher Christian Bethancourt miscommunicated in the game's first few innings.
But after allowing a run in each of his first three innings, Wood threw another scoreless three, giving his team a quality start.
"I picked up my tempo a little bit," said Wood, who is 6-6 with a 3.19 ERA on the season. "After the first three, I started working a little faster and going at them a little more [aggressively]. We just got together and got on the same page."
Braves: Upton providing spark at leadoff
B.J. Upton has found a home at the leadoff spot of the Braves' batting order, and he's unlikely to leave that spot anytime soon.
Upton owns an 11-game hitting streak, dating back to the first game he played at the top of the order on June 23.
"Hopefully, I'll keep coming," Upton said. "Whether it's drawing a walk or getting a hit, my job is to get on base for the guys behind me. That's the way it's been working for the last week or so."
Manager Fredi Gonzalez is glad to see things coming together for his center fielder.
"Earlier in the year, [Upton] was hitting the ball as hard as I've ever seen him hit a ball and not getting anything for it," Gonzalez said. "Now, he's getting some of those balls to fall in, which is a nice thing to see."
D-backs: De La Rosa called up to bolster 'pen
With left-hander Joe Thatcher sent to the Angels in a four-player deal, the D-backs called up southpaw Eury De La Rosa from Triple-A Reno on Saturday.
De La Rosa found himself in the game on the same day, throwing two innings and allowing a run in the D-backs' 10-4 loss to the Braves.
De La Rosa made 19 appearances out of Arizona's bullpen in 2013, giving up five home runs and compiling a 7.36 ERA in 14 2/3 innings. He owns a 2.52 ERA and has struck out 36 batters in 39 1/3 innings of relief for the Aces this season.
"He's got good stuff. He can get guys out -- lefties and righties," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.
• Miley is 0-2 with a 7.64 ERA against the Braves in four career games (three starts).
• The Braves could move starter Julio Teheran up one day -- from Tuesday to Monday -- in order to give him the chance to pitch in the All-Star Game should he be selected.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.