Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray pitched six plus scoreless innings, to help the D-Backs beat the San Diego Padres 4-0 last night at Chase Field. Ray struck out the first four Padres while improving to (5-2) on the season.
The D-Backs jumped on Padres pitcher Joey Lucchesi (7-8) in the top of the second inning. Eduardo Escobar walked and scored on a triple to the gap by Nick Ahmed. Ketel Marte's sacrifice fly to left scored Ahmed, giving Arizona a 2-0 lead.
A.J. Pollock, who has been struggling at the plate, made a great diving catch in the top of the fourth inning to rob Luis Arias from an extra base hit.
Ray was perfect through four innings. A walk to Eric Hosmer in the fifth ended the string of outs, but Hosmer was taken care of on a 6-4-3 double play by Wil Myers. Franmil Reyes then singled to left to end the no hit bid. Ray went six innings, allowing only two hits, while striking out 10.
Robert Stock took over for the Padres on the mound in the sixth.
Brad Ziegler took over for Ray with one out in the seventh. Ziegler got the second and third outs, keeping the D-Backs with a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Ketel Marte singled with two outs, then went to second on a wild pickoff throw by Stock. Marte stole third as Jeff Mathis took ball four. Daniel Descalso came up to pinch hit for Ziegler. Stock then threw a wild pitch that scored Marte to give the D-Backs a 3-0 lead. Descalso promptly lined a single to right, scoring Mathis who had advanced to second on the wild pitch. Leading 4-0, San Diego brought in Phil Maton, to pitch to Steven Souza Jr., who walked. A.J. Pollock followed by singling in Descalso, who knocked the ball out of the catchers glove to make it 5-0. Paul Goldschmidt singled in Souza Jr. for a six run cushion. Matt Strahm replaced Maton, who got David Peralta to end the inning.
Archie Bradley came in to pitch the eighth inning. Austin Hedges sent the first pitch to the base of the left centerfield wall for a double. Bradley bounced back to strike out the final two batters to end the inning. Yoshi Hirano closed out the final inning.
The D-Backs host the Atlanta Braves in a four game series, beginning on Thursday. Anibal Sanchez (6-5) 2.98 ERA, will face Zack Greinke (13-9) 2.97 ERA. First pitch at 6:40pm.
Innings - 123 456 789 - R H E
San Diego 000 000 000 - 0 3 2
Arizona 020 000 40x - 6 9 0
National League West Standings
W L GB
Colorado 76 62 -
Los Angeles 76 63 0.5
Arizona 75 64 1.5
San Francisco 68 72 9.0
San Diego 55 86 22.5
Tuesday Night Scores
Arizona 6, San Diego 0
Colorado 6, San Francisco 2
Los Angeles 11, New York Mets 4