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PHOENIX — Josh VanMeter began the night on the bench with a .182 batting average. The Arizona Diamondbacks infielder didn’t get into the game until the fifth inning — and ended up a homer short of the cycle.VanMeter had three hits, including a triple and a double in an eight-run seventh, and the Diamondbacks roared back to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-6 on Tuesday.It was the third straight win for Arizona, its longest streak since April 25-27. The major league-worst Diamondbacks are 29-68 and have endured 15- and 17-game losing streaks since their last positive run.VanMeter entered in a double switch in the fifth with the Diamondbacks down 5-1. He had a single that contributed to a run in the fifth, and drove in the first run of the big seventh with a triple off Austin Davis (0-1).“I’ve been more aggressive in the (strike) zone,” VanMeter said. “Up until the last couple weeks I’ve been almost too picky, looking for one pitch in one spot. Now I’m looking for multiple pitches in a zone. The results aren’t always there but the process is working.”VanMeter raised his average to .202 and drove in three runs in the inning after Arizona trailed 5-3 coming in. Josh Reddick’s two-out, two-run single off reliever Clay Holmes put the Diamondbacks ahead 7-5, and RBI hits by David Peralta and Daulton Varsho preceded VanMeter’s two-run double to the wall in center field.The Diamondbacks scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth before getting eight in the seventh.“I felt like we were building innings, and as we continued we were going to break through. Reddick got it started,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We stood up with two outs and delivered. We’re playing good baseball right now.“VanMeter was in the middle of everything tonight,” the manager added. “It’s a credit to him and the coaches for making sure he’s ready. He’s looking to drive the ball and he’s getting some really good results.”J.B. Bukauskas (2-2) won in relief, striking out two in a hitless seventh.Arizona swept a doubleheader in Atlanta on April 25 that included seven hitless innings by Madison Bumgarner in a complete game that doesn’t count as a no-hitter. The Diamondbacks won their next game against the Padres at home two days later. That left them 12-11; since then they are 17-57.John Nogowski hit his first major league home run and Gregory Polanco also went deep for Pittsburgh, which led 5-1 after 4 1/2 innings.Nogowski’s two-run shot to left capped a three-run fifth and finished the night for Arizona starter Taylor Widener.Widener, making just his third start since April, gave up eight hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out eight. Widener was out with a strained right groin and was recalled from Triple-A Reno to start Tuesday.Pittsburgh starter Tyler Anderson lasted six innings, giving up three runs. The lefty retired the first 10 batters he faced before permitting a run in the fourth. Josh Rojas singled for the Diamondbacks’ first baserunner, and Eduardo Escobar doubled down the right-field line to drive in Rojas.Arizona scored another run in the fifth on four singles, the last by Nick Ahmed, but Anderson escaped further trouble by getting Rojas to hit a comebacker for an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play. Walker doubled home Escobar, who had walked, in the sixth to make it 5-3.DEFENSIVE GEMSPirates outfielders made a pair of outstanding plays. All-Star center fielder Bryan Reynolds made an all-out diving catch to rob Reddick of a hit to end the second. In the seventh, Ben Gamel took an extra-base hit away from Escobar with a leaping catch as his back hit the wall in left-center.ROSTER MOVESPirates: RHP Chase De Jong, who started Monday night, was placed on the injured list with right knee inflammation. Pittsburgh recalled a pair of right-handers, Nick Mears and Max Kranick, from Triple-A Indianapolis. Mears pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Another RHP, Kyle Krick, was designated for assignment Monday.Diamondbacks: Widener replaced OF Alex Young, who was optioned to Reno after Monday night’s game.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: MRI results on Ketel Marte (left hamstring strain) came in and looked good, Lovullo said. Marte and C Carson Kelly (broken right wrist) had three live at-bats Tuesday, while injured pitchers Taylor Clarke (shoulder) and Luke Weaver (shoulder) threw 20 pitches each.Marte, who was batting .370 when he went down, is still some time away from returning. Lovullo said Marte still has to run out of the box and has yet to change direction when running forward.IN THE FOLDArizona has signed its third-round draft pick, RHP Jacob Steinmetz, a high school pitcher from Long Island in New York. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Steinmetz became the first known practicing Orthodox Jewish player selected in the draft. He plays on the Sabbath, but walks to games on those days to avoid taking transportation. He also eats only Kosher food. No Orthodox Jewish player has played in the major leagues.UP NEXTThe Diamondbacks will start Bumgarner (4-6, 5.35) on Wednesday afternoon against a Pirates starter to be determined.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports
PHOENIX — David Peralta stood up at his postgame interview session and pointed to a spot on his left leg just above his knee.“Feels good,” the Arizona outfielder said. “Walk-off win. Just hit my quad. Couldn’t get out of the way.”Peralta took Daniel Bard’s pitch for the team Tuesday night, getting hit with the bases loaded, and the Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in the series opener at Chase Field.Manager Torey Lovullo said he couldn’t remember if he’d seen a game end like that before.“Great moment,” he said of the bench reaction. “They deserved to win this game. We built the inning with patient approaches. The guys before him set it up and then David did his job.”Stephen Vogt led off the ninth against Colorado reliever Daniel Bard (4-5) with a sharp single up the middle. Stuart Fairchild, called up earlier Tuesday and making his debut in the majors, ran for Vogt. Daulton Varsho walked on a full count and Nick Ahmed lined to center with the runners holding.Josh Rojas walked to load the bases and Peralta took a pitch off the leg, allowing Fairchild to score the winner for a memorable major-league entrance.Joakim Soria (1-3) pitched a perfect ninth for the win, just the Diamondbacks’ 10th since April 30.The Rockies, who had won four of their last five at home, fell to 6-32 on the road this season. That .158 percentage is below the previous all-time worst road mark of .167, set by the Boston Braves in 1935.The Diamondbacks put Rockies starter Jon Gray behind immediately. The first four batters — Rojas, Peralta, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker — each doubled for a 3-0 lead. But Gray only gave up two more hits, both singles, and went six innings before leaving for a pinch hitter.Colorado eventually pulled even on single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Brendan Rodgers’ double off Merrill Kelly scored Charlie Blackmon, who had singled with two out in the fourth.Raimel Tapia’s two-out single in the fifth brought home C.J. Cron with the Rockies’ second run, and an infield out following a walk, single and sacrifice bunt pulled them even in the seventh. Yonathan Daza was originally ruled safe at first on the grounder to third base but the call was overturned on review.KELLY’S HEROICSKelly has been on the mound the last four times the Diamondbacks have won going back 31 games. He didn’t get the win this time, but kept his team in the game.“He’s been the guy that right now we’re turning to,” Lovullo said. “That’s what we need. Merrill’s been throwing the ball extremely well, executing pitches.”Since June 2, the Diamondbacks are just 4-27, with Kelly standing in the way of a possible 31-game losing streak.“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Kelly said of his individual success. “It’s cool to be part of it, but all I really want to do is see more wins.”Kelly gave up six hits and two runs, walking one and striking out one, and left with a 3-2 lead in the sixth. The Rockies tied it in the seventh to keep him from getting the W.“I was happy with the results based on how I felt,” Kelly said. “I didn’t feel great out there like the last couple games.”FAMILIAR FOEGray started against the Diamondbacks for the fourth time this season. In those games including Tuesday, he’s 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA.Gray, making his third start since being activated June 25, struck out eight and walked one. He missed three weeks with a right flexor strain.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: Manager Torey Lovullo said LHP Madison Bumgarner (left shoulder inflammation) threw three innings (55 pitches) in a simulated game on Monday and reported no discomfort. OF Kole Calhoun (strained left hamstring, on 60-day IL) will play in an Arizona League game on Thursday.OF Ketel Marte (strained left hamstring) participated in baseball activity including live at-bats. “We’re trying not to have him run, but are initiating different exercises” for his leg, Lovullo said. RHP Zac Gallen, who landed on the injured list after injuring his right hamstring in his last start Friday, is scheduled for a bullpen session tomorrow.UP NEXTHumberto Castellanos (0-1, 3.09) makes his first big-league start for Arizona against fellow RHP Antonio Senzatela (2-7, 4.58) on Wednesday night.
Alex Dickerson and LaMonte Wade Jr. homered, and the San Francisco Giants stopped a four-game slide by pounding the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-4By JACK THOMPSON Associated PressJuly 3, 2021, 7:27 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHOENIX — Halfway through the season, everybody seems surprised that the San Francisco Giants are out front in the high-powered NL West.Everyone but the Giants themselves, anyway.“Our players said in spring training their goal was to win the National League West,” manager Gabe Kapler said after the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-4 Friday night.At the halfway point, the Giants are 51-30 and are not only leading the West over the favored Los Angeles Dodgers by a half-game, but they own the best record in baseball.“There was a lot of conversation in spring training,” Kapler said. “Our players really do set the tone and we’re here to support their mission.“Right now we’re halfway there. There’s a long way to go but we feel good about where we are and we have a chance to do it.”Despite the Giants’ success, many still view the defending World Series champion Dodgers or the star-studded San Diego Padres as the teams to beat in the West. That doesn’t bother Kapler.“I don’t get caught up in competing against a projection. We have teams trying to beat us every night. I think that’s really important to not get caught up in expectations,” he said.The Giants snapped a four-game losing streak, their longest of the season, with three home runs, including Thairo Estrada’s grand slam in the ninth inning that capped the scoring in a back-and-forth game. San Francisco never trailed, but saw its lead cut on two occasions until Estrada connected.“Estrada had great at-bats throughout,” Kapler said of the infielder, who was just promoted from Triple-A Sacramento.Estrada went 3 for 5 and drove in five runs. Alex Dickerson and LaMonte Wade Jr. also homered for San Francisco.Giants left-hander Alex Wood (7-3) struck out eight in five innings. He was charged with two runs and four hits.“I just wanted to play stopper tonight,” Wood said. “I don’t know if you can call it stopper for five innings, but it was good enough tonight.”Eduardo Escobar and Pavin Smith homered for last-place Arizona, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Zac Gallen (1-4) allowed three runs in two-plus innings before departing with right hamstring tightness.San Francisco opened a 5-2 lead with two runs in the fifth. Wilmer Flores hit an RBI single, and Estrada doubled home Steven Duggar.Wade hit a two-run shot against Brett De Geus in the eighth, making it 7-2. Wade’s seventh homer drove in Jaylin Davis, who reached on a pinch-hit double when his pop fly fell between three fielders in shallow right field.The Diamondbacks got two back on solo drives by Escobar and Smith against Jimmie Sherfy in the eighth. It was the 18th homer and 500th career RBI for Escobar, who had two hits and scored twice.The Diamondbacks, who beat the Giants on Thursday night in the series opener, still haven’t won consecutive games since May 10-11.SECOND TIME AROUNDOpposing batters are hitting .145 against Wood in their first at-bat. But the second time through the order, opponents are hitting .300 against him.LONG SEASONIn four starts since returning from a sprained elbow, Gallen is 0-3 with a 5.74 ERA. His last win was on April 25 in Atlanta, a one-hitter in a seven-inning doubleheader opener followed by Madison Bumgarner’s no-hit effort in the second game.UP NEXTLHP Sammy Long (1-1, 4.95 ERA) starts for the Giants on Saturday night in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks will start RHP Jake Faria (0-0, 3.38).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports
PHOENIX — Burly slugger Daniel Vogelbach hobbled home on one leg when Arizona’s defense fell asleep, and the Diamondbacks dropped back into a rut Tuesday night with a 5-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.A day after ending a 17-game losing streak, the Diamondbacks were behind from the start. Kolten Wong led off with a home run and that was plenty for Freddy Peralta and the Brewers’ bullpen in a combined two-hitter.After the game, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Vogelbach suffered a significant hamstring strain and will go on the injured list.Arizona lost outfielder Ketel Marte, who is hitting .366. He slowed down on his way to second on a ground-rule double in the first inning and exited with tightness in his left hamstring.Vogelbach, however, took a far more unusual path to score in the sixth.He was on second with two outs and the Brewers ahead 1-0 when Omar Narvaez singled to center field against reliever Stefan Crichton.The hit normally would’ve scored Vogelbach without a play. But he pulled up lame just after rounding third base and even veered away from the plate.Arizona infielders Josh Rojas and Nick Ahmed, however, never saw Vogelbach in distress. Instead, they tossed the ball to each other after getting the relay despite the waving and hollering from Crichton, catcher Daulton Varsho and teammates.Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was among those trying to get their attention. He watched the play unfold right in front of him from the third-base dugout. A middle infielder in his playing career, he understood the situation.“We saw him pull up, right in front of us. A number of us were trying to let them know,” Lovullo said.“They have middle-infielder responsibilities, keeping their heads on a swivel. Watching them play, having played, sometimes you take for granted that the run’s going to score. It was just one of those plays. I feel like we’re good enough to execute it.”It might not have mattered in the end because the Diamondbacks only managed two hits — and Peralta had their number again. He gave up just one hit to Arizona in 7 1/3 innings in Milwaukee on June 4.“It’s the second time he’s done that to us,” Lovullo said. “Fastball command, backdoor breaking balls, a combination of a lot of things he had working today.”Arizona is normally an outstanding defensive team — Ahmed has been a Gold Glove winner. But the defense has been just one of many elements that has failed the Diamondbacks during a historic plunge that has seen them lose 41 of their last 47 games.“We’ve played satisfactory defense at times. There was an error (on Rojas) that allowed Vogelbach to get on first base. We’ve got to tighten that up,” Lovullo said.Peralta (7-2) gave up just one hit — Marte’s double — and struck out 10 in six innings. Arizona’s only other hit came on Pavin Smith’s infield roller in the ninth.Christian Yelich homered into the pool in right-center field off Riley Smith in the eighth for the Brewers’ final run.Zac Gallen (1-3), in his second start since missing six weeks with a sprained right elbow, gave up three runs in five innings.The Diamondbacks fell to 2-18 in June and haven’t won back-to-back games since May 10-11 against Miami.REASON TO CHEERDuring a sixth-inning Milwaukee mound visit, the Chase Field crowd erupted in cheers. A block away, the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-103 at the buzzer to take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals.ABOUT YOUR GLOVEPeralta was asked to change his glove before taking the mound in the bottom of the first. But it had nothing to do with umpires checking it for substances; rather, they objected to the light color of the mitt.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: 3B Eduardo Escobar pinch-hit for Gallen in the fifth inning and struck out. Escobar missed Monday’s game with a quad strain. … RHP Tyler Clippard, sidelined all season with a sprained right shoulder, threw a bullpen before the game.Brewers: LHP Brett Anderson was placed on the 10-day injured list, one day after hurting his right knee trying to beat a throw to first. Counsell said Anderson will be evaluated when the team returns to Milwaukee on Thursday.ROSTER MOVESBrewers: To replace Anderson, RHPs Miguel Sanchez and Ryan Weber were called up from Nashville. Milwaukee sent LHP Hoby Milner back to the Triple-A team.OF Tyrone Taylor returned from the injured list and OF Derek Fisher was designated for assignment. Taylor appeared as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and struck out. Sanchez, making his major league debut, pitched a scoreless eighth inning and received hugs and high-fives from his teammates.The promotion of Sanchez and Weber brought the Brewers’ roster total this season to 50. Only Seattle (51 entering Tuesday) has had more players this season, which still hasn’t reached the halfway point.“It’s been a challenge, especially with some of the guys from different organizations to try to figure out roles for them to succeed,” Counsell said.UP NEXTThe series concludes Wednesday afternoon in Phoenix with Brewers RHP Brandon Woodruff (5-3, 1.94 ERA) opposing Diamondbacks lefty Caleb Smith (2-2, 3.21). The Diamondbacks are trying to win their first series since beating Colorado from April 29 to May 2.———More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports
Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and passed Mel Ott for 14th on the career runs list, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended the Arizona Diamondbacks’ losing streak to 17 games with a 9-8 victoryBy JACK THOMPSON Associated PressJune 21, 2021, 2:23 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHOENIX — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and passed Mel Ott for 14th on the career runs list, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended the Arizona Diamondbacks’ losing streak to 17 games with a 9-8 victory Sunday.Arizona trailed 9-2 before rallying with six runs in the eighth, when Josh Reddick, Christian Walker and Ketel Marte had run-scoring hits. Josh Rojas’ inning-ending groundout against Victor Gonzalez stranded runners at the corners.Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances as Los Angeles won its sixth in a row.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was glad to get out of the desert with the sweep.“Until that eighth there were a lot of positives,” Roberts said.Arizona is approaching the longest losing streak of the wild card era, 19 games by the Kansas City Royals in 2005.The Diamondbacks are a major league-worst 20-53 heading into a three-game home series against Milwaukee. Then they go to San Diego, trying to stop a major league record road losing streak that has stretched to 23 games.Arizona is on the longest losing streak in team history and has lost 30 of 32 overall and 40 of 45.“Maybe we can build off that eighth inning,” said Reddick, who had three hits and three RBIs. “We went against one of the best teams in the league and got back in it. Just stay with that, come back (Monday) and switch gears on a new ballclub.”Pujols’ 673rd home run put Los Angeles ahead 4-0 against Alex Young (2-5) and raised his total to 1,860 runs, one more than Ott from 1926-47 for the New York Giants. Next up is Tris Speaker with 1,882.The 41-year-old Pujols has 11 home runs this season and trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696) on the career list.Garrett Cleavinger (2-3) got four outs in relief of Tony Gonsolin, who gave up one run and three hits in 3 2/3 innings in his third start after a stint on the injured list caused by right shoulder inflammation.Los Angeles played in front of a crowd of 31,661 that featured many loud Dodgers fans. Los Angeles has won 10 of 12.A.J. Pollock had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and three RBIs. The former Diamondback outfielder sympathizes with his former team’s plight.“You wouldn’t wish that on anyone,” he said. “They’re playing hard.”BACK IN THE BIGSINF Josh VanMeter took the roster spot vacated when RHP Kevin Ginkel was returned to the minors. “We wanted Kevin to get back into rhythm with consistent work,” manager Torey Lovullo said. VanMeter started at second on Sunday, batting leadoff, and later moved to third. Those are the positions where Lovullo said VanMeter will see the most playing time.MILESTONECorbin Martin relieved Young and allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings. Martin singled off Cleavinger for his first professional hit; he had been 0 for 5.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: C Gary Varsho was recalled from Triple-A Reno, one day C Carson Kelly broke a wrist. … Lovullo said Kelly will get a CT scan on Monday and then the team will project how long he will be out.UP NEXTDodgers: LHP Julio Urías (9-2) starts Monday night at San Diego and RHP Yu Darvish (6-2) in the opener of a three-game series.Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (2-7) starts for Arizona and LHP Brett Anderson (2-4) for the Brewers.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports