Game Recap: Ross Rises To The Occasion, D-Backs Win

By Matthew Hochberg

Aug 2, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Cody Ross (7) celebrates defeating the Boston Red Sox with his teammates at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Cody Ross got the revenge he desperately wanted. Upset with the Red Sox who only offered him a two-year contract last offseason, the Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder, who inked a three-year deal with the team before the start of the season, went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored, falling just a triple short of the cycle. He led the D-Backs to a 7-6 victory over his former team on Friday night.

"“Obviously I’ve had this game circled on my calendar for a while,” the 32-year-old said after the game. “I knew we were coming back here the later part of the year and I was excited to get back and see a lot of familiar faces and a lot of friends, but at the same time come back and beat them. There’s some feelings there, so it definitely feels good to get this first one.”"

Ross, however, was not the only D-Back to provide the offense for the struggling lineup. All-Star Paul Goldschmidt finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Martin Prado added two hits and one RBI. Jon Lester was able to get through just 4.1 innings for Boston, allowing six earned runs and eleven hits.

While Randall Delgado (4-3) did not have his best stuff, he pitched well enough to earn his third straight win. The young right-hander allowed six runs (four earned) and six hits through six innings, striking out seven batters in the process. Brad Ziegler secured his sixth save of the season.

The Arizona Diamondbacks (56-53) sit 3.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers of first place in the National League West. Patrick Corbin will take the mound on Saturday for the Snakes in Game 2 of the series. For more, check out the Venom Strikes Series Preview here.