Edwin Diaz’s music wasn’t playing as he jogged in from the bullpen, so he hummed “Narco,” by Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet, to himself.
Diaz retired six of the seven batters he faced in the 28-pitch outing, struck out three and earned his 24th save. He lowered his ERA to a microscopic 1.44 ERA in recording the first six-out save of his career and extending his scoreless streak to a personal-best 16 ¹/₃ innings.
Diaz expected to come in during the eighth inning, in part because he last pitched on Friday. He figured Adam Ottavino would at least start the eighth after pitching the seventh, but with the meat of the Braves’ order coming up, manager Buck Showalter called on Diaz to start the frame. And since he had such little trouble retiring Dansby Swanson, Matt Olson and Austin Riley, needing only 11 pitches to get through the inning, Showalter went to Diaz in the ninth as well.