His manager was sending runners all day, trying his darnedest to light a spark for an offense in desperate need of one, and so when the Diamondbacks' Kelly Johnson saw Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman giving chase to a pop foul, his back to the infield, Johnson figured it was as good a time as any.

"It seemed like a good play," he said later, "to put some pressure on them."

Johnson tagged from third and raced home, but Freeman caught the soft pop-up, whirled and fired home, where catcher Brian McCann applied a tag to nail Johnson at the plate and end to top of the sixth inning.

It was perhaps the most frustrating moment in a day full of them for the Diamondbacks, who were swept and handed their fifth consecutive loss with Sunday's 1-0 blanking by Tim Hudson and the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Aside from the play at the plate, there also was a line drive turned into a double play. There was a decent pitch that was hit for the game's only run. There were golden opportunities squandered.

"When it goes like that, it goes that way," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson opined. He added later: "When it's cruel, it's cruel."