The Arizona Diamondbacks welcomed the return of Robbie Ray and celebrated by ending the teams series win drought.
In his first major league game in 27 days after being hit in the head by a line drive, Ray returned to the mound for five innings.
Ray earned nine strikeouts, while only allowing two hits and walking two batters. One of the hits allowed was a solo home run in the fourth inning off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes.
But, the Diamondbacks provided Ray with two runs on five singles and two walks to set him up for the win.
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Sticking to a pattern, manager Torey Lovullo changed the lineup once again. Aside from the usual starters, Gregor Blanco, Rey Fuentes and Chris Herrmann were all part of the Diamondbacks lineup in the Thursday morning game.
Batting in the leadoff spot, Blanco was 1-for-5 with an RBI, while Herrmann was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Fuentes was the bright spot among the usual-bench players. He was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Paul Goldschmidt also scored a run, while Ketel Marte was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk.
Aside from the return of Robbie Ray, the Diamondbacks also brought back their aggressive base-running. The team stole 64 bases in the first half of the season, but have only stolen 16 since the All-Star break.
In Thursday’s win, the team stole three bases, bringing their second half total to 19.
The Diamondbacks’ bullpen wasn’t perfect, but it got the job done.
David Hernandez started the sixth inning. He pitched 0.2 innings, but gave up a hit. Andrew Chafin came in and closed the sixth inning.
Chafin returned to the mound for the seventh inning, but could not get an out. He faced two batters, giving up a single and a walk before Lovullo brought in Archie Bradley.
In total, Bradley pitched 2.0 innings, walked two batters, gave up a single and allowed an inherited runner to score.
Fernando Rodney earned the save by retiring three batters after a leadoff walk to Asdrubal Cabrera and an intentional walk to Yoesnis Cespedes later.
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The Diamondbacks will return to Arizona to face the San Francisco Giants with at least a half-game lead in the Wild Card race.