For the second game in a row, the Diamondbacks put up five runs on the Giants in the first inning. Steven Souza got it started with a two-run triple, Nick Ahmed followed up with an RBI single, and Ketel Marte’s 10th home-run of the year quickly made it 5-0 to the home team. The Giants weren’t quite dead, and chipped away with a pair of solo home-runs off Clay Buchholz, but he was able to get the big outs when he needed them and stranded the Giants otherwise.
He went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks, with eight strikeouts. The D-backs then added three more in the sixth, with a Souza RBI double, plus Ahmed’s 15th home-run of the year. He’d add his sixteenth long ball in the eight inning to complete the Arizona scoring. New guys Brad Ziegler, Jake Diekman and Matt Andriese combined for the seventh and eighth, though Andrew Chafin was unimpressive in the ninth. With the Rockies and Braves already having lost, this was a good day for the D-backs, and we can just hope the Astros can hang on to beat the Dodgers in LA, and give us sole possession of first place once more.