PHOENIX -- Chipper Jones called Chase Field a "House of Horrors" for his Braves club that seems to have all kinds of problems winning games here."It's like our Yankee Stadium," said Jones, who played another 11 innings on Wednesday night despite a gimpy right knee. The Braves had three runners thrown out on the bases, allowed an Arizona runner to score from second base on a wild pitch, and blew one-run leads in the seventh and the 11th to drop a 5-4 decision. Let's not forget the Ryan Roberts grounder up the middle that deflected off closer Craig Kimbrel's glove in the decisive inning that turned into an infield hit. Had Kimbrel let the ball go by cleanly to second baseman Dan Uggla, it would have been a sure-fire, game-ending double play. "I should have made the play," said Kimbrel, who came on in the 11th, trying to record his 12th save, but walked away with his second loss. "We just got a little unlucky there," Jones added. "We pretty much had a tailor-made ground ball to second base for a double play and Kimmy deflected it. If it gets by him, I like our chances of turning the double play and ending the game." For the record, the D-backs laced together four consecutive singles with the game on the line. Kelly Johnson's line knock to right tied the score, and Justin Upton won it with a chopper to a drawn-in infield that Uggla just couldn't handle. Upton also hit his ninth homer with two outs in the first inning. That's the way it was all evening. "This one is going to hurt for a little bit," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's not that easy to brush it off. That's the wonderful thing about this great game of ours. We're back here tomorrow. You can't bring this one back." The Braves took the lead in the 11th when pinch-hitter Diory Hernandez singled home Uggla from second. Uggla scampered to second when pinch-runner Joe Mather overran second base on Uggla's infield single. Almost identical to the Kimbrel play, the ball deflected off pitcher Aaron Heilman's glove toward second base and Johnson dove to barely save the ball from rolling into right field. "He got caught in no-man's land," Gonzalez said about Mather. "He thought the ball had gotten by [Johnson]." In the sixth, Jones and Uggla tested left fielder Gerardo Parra's arm twice in the inning and lost. "The guy's got a cannon," Roberts said. "He's just strapped with an arm that is unreal. Why people chance it sometimes ... he came up and made two bullet throws, and it ended up being just absolutely huge in the game." When Jones tagged up and tried to go from second to third on Brian McCann's sacrifice fly, Parra tossed out Jones by several steps. Two batters later, Uggla tried to go from first to third on Freddie Freeman's single in front of him and was pegged out by Parra to end the inning. "The first one wasn't good enough from the 376 sign," Jones said sarcastically. "But the second one running in barehanded was even better. We just tried to be a little aggressive and he got the best of us there. He's got to make two perfect throws, and he did. Two great plays by a guy with a cannon." Why the 39-year-old Jones decided to test his knee at that point is anybody's guess. Jones has torn meniscus and may ultimately have to have arthroscopic surgery to clean it out. He took two cortisone shots in the knee on Sunday and in the last two nights has played nearly 22 innings as the Braves have plodded through a pair of 11-inning games. Jones was 2-for-4 vs. the D-backs with a double and a single. His double was his 507th, passing Babe Ruth for 46th on the all-time list. He walked against Heilman to open the 11th and was replaced by a pinch-runner. You guessed it -- Mather. Jones seemed at ease after the game sitting in front of his locker and continued his stream of sarcasm when asked how the knee felt. "Great, wonderful, awesome," he said. Last year, he missed 67 games after blowing out the anterior cruciate ligament in the other knee and spent most of the summer and offseason in rehab. Jones can ill-afford a repeat performance. Neither can the Braves, who seemed to find every way possible to let one get away on Wednesday night.
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.