Given the circumstances, it was understandably tense early on, but it was the D-backs turn to score in the first, A.J. Pollock delivering his 20th home-run of the season. The Astros came back to tie it up in the third, but Arizona took the lead again in the bottom of the fourth, a run scoring on a balk and helped by Robbie Ray's double, the first extra-base hit by one of our pitchers all season, in the last such plate-appearance! The visitors came back to tie things up again in the fifth, and Robbie Ray departed having worked 4.1 innings, allowing two runs and scattering seven hits but striking out eightl he walked one.
Randall Delgado helped extinguish the fire, throwing 1.2 scoreless and was in line for the win, courtesy of an RBI ground-rule double from Jarrod Saltalamacchia. However, Daniel Hudson gave up our third lead, a run scoring as a wild pitch bounced away from Salty. But reminding us of his greatness, Paul Goldschmidt clubbed a home-run in the ninth, also scoring A.J. Pollock and became the second D-backs with an OPS over 1.000 (min. 400 PAs), after Luis Gonzalez in 2001. Brad Ziegler worked a scoreless eighth, and came out for a second inning. He put the first two on, but Ziegled his way out of trouble and we avoid the sweep.
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