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Kelly pitches Diamondbacks past Giants in 5-3 win

Kelly pitches Diamondbacks past Giants in 5-3 win

Merrill Kelly threw seven solid innings, Pavin Smith and Josh Reddick homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-3By BOB HUHN Associated PressJuly 2, 2021, 5:34 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHOENIX — Merrill Kelly threw seven solid innings, Pavin Smith and Josh Reddick homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Thursday night.Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak and ended its nine-game skid against the Giants.Kelly (5-7) allowed three runs and seven hits, struck out seven and did not walk a batter. He has won his last three outings — the only three Diamondbacks wins over their past 27 games.The right-hander stopped Arizona’s 17-game slide with a victory over the Brewers and halted the club’s major league-record 24-game road losing streak with a win against San Diego.“Our job at the end of the day is to win,” Kelly said. “That is my goal going into every game regardless of if we are on a losing streak or winning streak. My job every day is to go as deep as I can and get us a win. I definitely take pride in it.”Kelly also had an RBI single in the second for his second career hit, ending a hitless streak that lasted 44 at-bats dating back to 2019.Diamondbacks reliever Joakim Soria put his first two batters on in the ninth but then got Donovan Solano to ground into a double play. Soria struck out Darin Ruf for his first save of the season.Reddick had three hits, including his two-run homer. Arizona improved to 23-60, the worst record in the majors.Johnny Cueto (6-4) took the loss for San Francisco, which has dropped a season-high four straight. Cueto went five innings, allowing five runs and six hits. He walked two and struck out five.Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Cueto was dealing with an illness during the start. Kapler added that Cueto “gave us everything he had.”“I thought he was able to make enough pitches to keep us in that baseball game,” the manager said. “The outing wasn’t particularly crisp. I don’t think he executed all his pitches but he made some. He was able to grind through five innings for us.”San Francisco took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on Wilmer Flores’ two-run homer, but the Diamondbacks quickly responded in the bottom half on Reddick’s two-run shot that just cleared the right-field fence for his first long ball of the season.“When he gets hot he can barrel up anybody,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “I have seen these streaks from him before and it is fun to watch. He has great bat-to-ball skills. He is in a real good spot with some big hits.”Smith added his sixth home run in the fifth, extending the lead to 5-3.TRADING PLACESThe Diamondbacks acquired minor league RHP Keegan Curtis from the New York Yankees for speedy OF Tim Locastro.The 29-year-old Locastro is a career .234 hitter but this season is batting only .178 with one homer and five steals in eight tries. He holds the record of most stolen bases without being caught to start a major league career with 29.The 25-year-old Curtis has been pitching in Double-A this season. In four years in the minors, he has a career 3.29 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: OF Mike Tauchman (bruised right knee) was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to June 30. … OF Jaylin Davis returned from his rehabilitation assignment and was reinstated from the 60-day injured list.Diamondbacks: OF Kole Calhoun (hamstring) had a setback. He was playing for Triple-A Reno when he re-injured his left hamstring, the same one that required surgery in April. … Arizona reinstated RHP J.B. Bukauskas (right elbow flexor strain) from the 10-day injured list.UP NEXTThe teams play the second game of their four-game set Friday, with the Giants sending LHP Alex Wood (6-3, 3.91 ERA) to the mound. RHP Zac Gallen (1-3, 3.69) will pitch for Arizona.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Buehler takes no-hitter into 8th, Dodgers beat D-backs 9-3

Buehler takes no-hitter into 8th, Dodgers beat D-backs 9-3

Walker Buehler had another masterful mound performance, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the skidding Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3By BOB HUHN Associated PressJune 20, 2021, 6:06 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHOENIX — Will Smith has been behind the plate for plenty of Walker Buehler’s starts dating back to their minor league days. It doesn’t take the Dodgers catcher long to know if Buehler’s got the good stuff.Within a few pitches on Saturday night, Smith was sold: This was going to be fun.“I’m glad he’s on our side,” Smith said. “And I don’t have to face him.”Buehler had another masterful mound performance, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning as Los Angeles beat the skidding Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3.The 26-year-old right-hander cruised through the Diamondbacks’ order, walking two, hitting a batter and striking out a season-best 11. He was pulled with one out in the eighth after giving up singles to David Peralta and Nick Ahmed.“Felt like I had some gas left in the tank,” Buehler said. “But two good pieces of hitting and I’m out of there.”Buehler (7-0) breezed through the seventh, striking out Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker before getting Stephen Vogt to ground out. Peralta got a pitch up in the zone to start the eighth and lined a clean single into center. Buehler got a big hand from a sizable contingent of Dodgers’ fans at Chase Field in Phoenix.“Man, I wanted that no-hitter,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Everyone wanted it. The fastball velocity was his best in quite some time. He was working all quadrants.”Buehler hasn’t been beaten in his past 23 starts, which tied a franchise record. Kirby Higbe set the mark in 1946.Arizona has lost a franchise-record 16 straight and dropped 39 of its past 44 games. The Diamondbacks have the worst record in the major leagues at 20-52, and they set a major league record with their 23rd straight road loss Thursday.The D-backs have had some rough moments during their lengthy skid. On Saturday, it was apparent that they simply ran into one of baseball’s best pitchers.“I feel like it was the combination of the fastball with the location that was very effective against us today,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.Matt Peacock (2-5) took the loss, giving up three runs over five innings. Kevin Ginkel and Jake Faria were both hit hard in relief, which allowed the Dodgers to build a 9-0 lead.Smith had three hits for the Dodgers, including his eighth homer of the season. Justin Turner had three RBIs. Chris Taylor hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning.If Buehler’s no-hitter had continued, Roberts might have had a tough decision: Buehler was already at 101 pitches when he gave up Peralta’s single, nearing his season-high of 105. Roberts said he was willing to go to 125 pitches if needed.“I was going to ride him,” Roberts said. “The pitch count is one thing, but if you peel back the layers, it’s stress. And there wasn’t any stress. He was repeating his delivery, he was locating his stuff. I was going to see it through. I wanted it for him.”The Dodgers’ last no-hitter was May 4, 2018, when four pitchers combined on a 4-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Buehler started that game but was pulled after throwing 93 pitches. It was just his third big-league start.SNAKEBITDiamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly broke his right wrist when he was hit by Buehler’s pitch in the second inning. Kelly had been one of few bright spots for Arizona this season, hitting .260 with an .845 OPS in 50 games. The 26-year-old was acquired from St. Louis in exchange for Paul Goldschmidt prior to the 2019 season.Kelly was initally hopeful that he’d avoided serious injury but that wasn’t the case.“I had the initial movement, I had the strength,” Kelly said. “As time went on it kept getting worse and worse.”TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: OF Cody Bellinger (hamstring) is expected to be activated off the injured list as early as Monday when the Dodgers face the San Diego padres. … 1B Max Muncy (oblique) could also see action in the Padres series. He is not expected to have a rehabilitation assignment. … SS Corey Seager (hand) is expected to start a rehab assignment sometime next week.Diamondbacks: LHP Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch a bullpen session Tuesday.UP NEXTThe two teams will conclude their three-game series on Sunday with the Dodgers sending RHP Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 3.38 ERA) to the mound. The Diamondbacks will start LHP Alex Young (2-4, 3.86).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports