The Arizona Diamondbacks are back in the win column after getting swept by the Minnesota Twins.
For once, the Diamondbacks had almost everything go right.
With Taijuan Walker still looking for a win, the starting pitcher showed more control in this start than in previous one’s. He remained scoreless while giving up seven hits in 5.1 innings.
The Diamondbacks weren’t so lucky with the offense, earning only five hits in the first nine innings of the game.
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Jake Lamb led off the third inning with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout by Paul Goldschmidt. The third baseman then scored on a base hit off the bat of J.D. Martinez.
The team performed slightly better with runners in scoring position, going 3-for-6 in Monday’s game. But, the offense was still outhit 11-6.
However, the Mets threatened in the seventh inning. A combined effort from Andrew Chafin and Archie Bradley loaded the bases with one out.
Yoenis Cespedes tied the game with a base hit to score Travis d’Arnaud, but David Peralta’s arm would prevent anyone else from scoring. Peralta threw Asdrubal Cabrera out at home and the call was upheld on a challenge from the Mets.
The run was charged to Chafin, but it was the first run surrendered by Bradley since July 21.
The game remained tied in a duel for both bullpens.
Jimmie Sherfy made his second appearance in a Diamondbacks uniform, pitching one perfect inning in relief in the ninth. Sherfy earned the win, his first in the major leagues, and set up Fernando Rodney for the save.
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The win came at a price though. The Diamondbacks used six different relievers over a span of 4.2 innings. This could come back to bite them if the score remains close over the rest of the series.
While the Colorado Rockies didn’t play on Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the San Francisco Giants. This cuts the Rockies lead to half a game and extends the Diamondbacks lead over the Brewers to 3.5 games.