The Arizona Diamondbacks extended their winning streak to six games and forced the Los Angeles Dodgers into a season high four-game losing streak.
The Arizona Diamondbacks offense struck early and often enough to hold off the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 6-4 victory marked by Robbie Ray’s strikeouts and Diamondback homers.
Several players have said this season that when the Diamondbacks are firing from all cylinders, they are unstoppable and Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers was a testament to that fact.
Robbie Ray pitched 6.2 innings and struck out 10 Dodgers batters. But, the dominant performance wasn’t just fueled by strikeouts. Ray was getting ahead of batters all night.
Twelve batters fell to 0-2 counts to start their at-bats, a season high for any starting pitcher in Major League Baseball.
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In just his second start since returning from the DL, Ray’s control was impeccable, while his chemistry with catcher Chris Herrmann was on point.
Ray gave up four hits, including a solo home run to Curtis Granderson. It was the only run Ray allowed. He also walked two batters.
The Diamondbacks offense was not as slow.
Adam Rosales, as the second Diamondbacks batter, rounded the bases for a solo home run in the first inning with a fly ball off the center field wall.
After A.J. Pollock walked, Paul Goldschmidt sent his 33 home run of the season over the left center field wall. Goldschmidt has now homered in three straight games and 11 in the month of August.
The Diamondbacks added to their 3-0 lead in the third inning with an RBI off the bat of Brandon Drury. In the fourth inning, they added two more with a solo home run from Chris Herrmann and an RBI single from Pollock.
But, after the Dodgers pulled Hyun-Jin Ryu from the game, the Diamondbacks did not score again.
The same cannot be said for the Diamondbacks bullpen.
Jake Barrett and Andrew Chafin gave up a combined three runs, but Archie Bradley returned to his scoreless relief habits. Fernando Rodney earned his 34th save by retiring three batters on 11 pitches.
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Zack Greinke will take the mound in a matinee game on Thursday as the team brings out the brooms in hopes of sweeping the division-leading Dodgers.