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Snake Bytes 7/1: Rocky Finish to June

After a mostly strong June, the Diamondbacks dropped their final three games of the moth to St. Louis and Colorado. They now turn to Zack Greinke to start July off right ofr them.

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Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Colorado 6, Arizona 3

Robbbie Ray was effectively wild, but neither the offense or the bullpen were able to get him out of the trouble he made for himself. Chris Owings did manage a pair of solo home runs in the loss, but Paul GOldschmidt had a rar 0-for-5 night, striking out three times against Colorado’s Jon Gray.

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