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Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Houston Astros 9

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The Arizona pitching cost them this one.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Houston Astros Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Taijuan Walker struggled almost out of the gate for the D-backs as they opened the two-game series in Houston. A run in the second was followed by a pair of crooked numbers in the second and third, though he was not helped by his defense, which allowed a pair of unearned runs. He ended up going five innings on nine hits and two walks, with three strikeouts and three earned runs.

Arizona had tied things up at one on a Brandon Drury double, but then left it late. A three-run eighth inning, courtesy of home-runs by Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez (above), pulled the D-backs back within one. But the bullpen gave all those runs back, plus another one in, in the bottom half of the frame. That rendered Chris Iannetta’s solo shot in the ninth, not much more than an afterthought. Martinez had two hits, and Iannetta reached base four times, on three walks and his homer.