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Snake Bytes 9/15: Ray Takes Pitching Duel

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Robbie Ray struck out 14 Giants in route to allowing only two runs in seven innings of work. On the other side, he was supported by A.J. Pollock, who plated two runs late against San Francisco’s Jeff Samardzija, who went eight innings, allowing only three runs.

Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Arizona 3, San Francisco 2

Robbie Ray continued his streak of dominance and A.J. Pollock continued his recent trend on piling up the RBI as the Diamondbacks came out on top in a pitchers duel in San Francisco.

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