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It was a pitcher’s duel in Detroit, with Taijuan Walker and Jordan Zimmermann going toe-to-toe

Arizona Diamondbacks v Detroit Tigers Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Didn’t look like it would be that way in the top of the first, as the Diamondbacks scored two runs, on a David Peralta sacrifice fly, and Brandon Drury RBI single, and had another man thrown out at the plate (above). But after tagging Jordan Zimmermann for five hits through the lead-off batter in the second inning, Arizona managed only one more the rest of the way. While Paul Goldschmidt reached base twice, on a hit and a walk, the offense was effectively stifled after that first frame.

Fortunately, Taijuan Walker, in his first post-blister start, was up to the task and kept the D-backs in the came. Although he had to get out of a couple of big jams, Walker got the outs when he needed them most. On an expected short leash, he allowed one run over five innings, on six hits and a walk with six K’s, and Randall Delgado then provided vital help, throwing three scoreless innings. That turned things over to Fernando Rodney with the score 2-1 in the ninth, who extended his scoreless streak to 14.2 innings and got his 18th save, with a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the side.