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It didn't look promising early for Arizona, but patience and another use of the nuclear option by Paul Goldschmidt ended our four-game losing streak.

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Sonny Gray was as advertised early on, and we only managed a pair of singles and a walk off him in the front five innings. By that point. the visitors had taken the lead, scoring two off Chase Anderson in the third inning. However, Anderson did buckle down and that was all he allowed through six innings, on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. as he got the outs when he needed them most. The Diamondbacks finally got to Grey in the sixth, with the help of a passed ball and then a dropped third strike that let Paul Goldschmidt reach, and set up RBI opportunities for David Peralta and Welington Castillo. Both delivered, and the game was tied.

Back to back doubles by Chris Owings and Aaron Hill led off the seventh, giving Arizona their first lead, and after Gray was replaced by "amphibious" pitcher Pat Venditte, A.J. Pollock doubled the advantage with an RBI single. Goldschmidt then doubled it again, unleashing his 26th home-run, a monster to center, making it 6-2 to the Diamondbacks. Randall Delgado became the pitcher of record for his scoreless seventh, with Andrew Chafin working the eighth, although David Hernandez's struggles continued in the ninth, as he allowed a two-run homer before Brad Ziegler came in for the save. Still, the D-backs overall did a good job of inflicting another loss on an opposition ace.

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