D-backs slip behind Rox after dropping opener

D-backs slip behind Rox after dropping opener

PHOENIX -- In the battle of the two top teams in the National League West, it was the Rockies who came out on top, as they beat the D-backs, 3-1, on Friday night to leapfrog into first place.

The Rockies were led by rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland, who allowed one run over six innings to win his second straight start and improve his record to 3-1. D-backs starter Robbie Ray (2-1) took the loss.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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D-backs can't deliver knockout punch vs. Rox

D-backs can't deliver knockout punch vs. Rox

PHOENIX -- The D-backs aren't going to win at home every time -- though they haven't lost at Chase Field very often this season -- but one thing you can usually take to the bank is the fact that they're going to score a lot of runs here.

On Friday night, though, the Rockies found a way to keep the D-backs' bats relatively quiet as they won, 3-1, to leapfrog into first place in the National League West.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adjustments, patience paying off for Peralta

Adjustments, patience paying off for Peralta

PHOENIX -- Since watching his batting average fall to .178 on April 16, D-backs outfielder David Peralta has been on fire at the plate.

In his last nine games heading into Friday night's series opener with the Rockies, Peralta had a slash line of .541/.595/.811. Included in that run was a four-double night against the Dodgers at Chase Field.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Greinke faces Rox hoping to keep rolling

Greinke faces Rox hoping to keep rolling

Having regained his form in two games against the Padres, D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke hopes to stay on a roll against left-hander Tyler Anderson and the Rockies on Saturday night at Chase Field.

Greinke went eight innings on April 19 and six innings on Monday, and struck out 17 against 11 hits while winning both contests, with a 1.17 ERA. His stats were up and down in his three previous starts (1-1, 4.32 ERA, 14 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings).

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Owings homers twice to back Walker's 11 K's

Owings homers twice to back Walker's 11 K's

PHOENIX -- Taijuan Walker matched his career high with 11 strikeouts, as the right-hander led the D-backs to a 6-2 win over the Padres on Thursday night at Chase Field.

Walker's outing was backed by a pair home runs from Chris Owings and another from Yasmany Tomas, as the D-backs took three of four from the Padres and have now won all four home series this season.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

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Duplantier looks to extend scoreless streak

Duplantier looks to extend scoreless streak

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Daniel Johnson (Nationals No. 29), Hagerstown at Lexington (6:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Miller has strained tendon, partial UCL tear

D-backs righty evaluating options, including Tommy John surgery

Miller has strained tendon, partial UCL tear

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Shelby Miller has been diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon and a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Miller is evaluating his options, which include stem cell treatment, platelet rich plasma therapy and Tommy John surgery.

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D-backs show resilience in another series win

Owings mashes, pitching dominant in four-game set with Padres

D-backs show resilience in another series win

PHOENIX -- The D-backs finished out their four-game series with the Padres on Thursday night with a 6-2 win, which gave them sole possession of first place in the National League West with the second-place Rockies coming to town Friday for a three-game set.

Here's a few things we learned about the D-backs in this series:

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Bullpen can't hold late lead as D-backs fall

Bullpen can't hold late lead as D-backs fall

PHOENIX -- Ryan Schimpf's three-run homer in the ninth keyed a five run-rally that led the Padres to a come-from-behind win over the D-backs, 8-5, on Wednesday night at Chase Field.

The Padres trailed, 5-3, in the ninth when Erick Aybar got the rally started with a one-out bunt single. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez followed with a single to left and Schimpf, who had been double-switched into the lineup in the sixth inning, hit a towering homer to right. He was 6-for-60 as he came up to the plate for that critical at-bat.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Off night for Rodney costs D-backs

Off night for Rodney costs D-backs

PHOENIX -- On the verge of winning their third straight game, grabbing first place in the National League West and running their home record to 11-2 this year, the D-backs blew a two-run lead in the ninth to lose, 8-5, to the Padres on Wednesday night at Chase Field.

"Definitely a frustrating ending to a pretty well-pitched night," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "You watch a couple of the guys execute on the mound and then unfortunately we made a couple of mistakes late in the game and they took advantage of it."

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Reed unhittable for Kane County

Reed unhittable for Kane County

There were many standout performances by pitchers across the Minor Leagues on Wednesday, but none of them impressed quite like Class A hurlers Merandy Gonzalez and Cody Reed.

Gonzalez, the Mets' No. 14 prospect, scattered five hits over 7 2/3 innings for Columbia to extend his season-opening scoreless-innings streak to 28 1/3 frames. He walked a pair and struck out five, also generating eight ground-ball outs, as the Fireflies shutout Asheville, 5-0.

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D-backs visit Phoenix Children's Hospital

D-backs visit Phoenix Children's Hospital

Tuesday morning started out like most for young Dillin LaRue since being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma in February.

The 10-year-old from Cottonwood, Ariz., who was at Phoenix Children's Hospital for another round of chemotherapy, was sitting on his bed playing on his tablet when his door swung open to reveal Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitchers J.J. Hoover and Tom Wilhelmsen. The duo stopped by to visit many of the young patients and their families at the healthcare facility -- the first of many such appearances by D-backs players slated for this season.

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Goldy, Corbin lead D-backs past Padres

Goldy, Corbin lead D-backs past Padres

PHOENIX -- The D-backs offense continued rolling, pounding out 16 hits in support of Patrick Corbin, who pitched seven quality innings, as Arizona beat the Padres for the second night in a row, 9-3, at Chase Field on Tuesday night.

Corbin (2-3) scattered eight hits and allowed two runs while throwing a season-high 105 pitches.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Owings gets rave reviews from teammates

Owings gets rave reviews from teammates

PHOENIX -- Chris Owings tends to fly under the radar when people talk about the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock get the bulk of the attention, and over the past season there's been a lot of talk about Jake Lamb.

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Owings' slam backs Zack as D-backs nip SD

Owings' slam backs Zack as D-backs nip SD

PHOENIX -- Chris Owings' first career grand slam helped give Zack Greinke a win and propelled the D-backs past the Padres, 7-6, on Monday night in the first of a four-game set at Chase Field.

With the D-backs leading, 2-0, and with two outs in the fifth, Owings smacked a first-pitch fastball from Jhoulys Chacin (2-3) into the overhang in center to give Arizona a 6-0 lead.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Greinke gets best of Padres in rematch

D-backs starter K's 11, notches key hit in win over Padres

Greinke gets best of Padres in rematch

PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke knew his start Monday night against the Padres was going to have a bit of a cat-and-mouse feel to it considering he had faced them just five days before in San Diego.

The veteran right-hander altered his pitch sequencing with great success as he struck out 11 over six innings in the D-backs' 7-6 win at Chase Field.

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Duplantier extends scoreless streak

Duplantier extends scoreless streak

Posting zeroes has become the norm for Class A Kane County's Jon Duplantier in the first month of the Minor League season. On Monday, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect fired five dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 1/3 to begin the season.

Duplantier, 22, allowed three hits and struck out eight batters en route to his first professional win. He generated six ground-ball outs and did not record a flyout in the outing, throwing 45 of his 69 pitches for strikes in his third start (and fourth appearance) for the Cougars.

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Goldschmidt showing signs of breaking slump

Goldschmidt showing signs of breaking slump

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt is a premier player. A four-time National League All-Star first baseman with 143 homers in a little more than five seasons, the D-backs star has his droughts at the plate like everyone else.

And for the second consecutive April, he has come out of the gate struggling. Last year, he batted .247, by far his lowest month of the year, although his six homers were his highest in a month. He finished with a slash line of .298/.399/.523 with 24 homers, 95 RBIs and an .899 OPS.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big inning after Miller's exit sinks D-backs

Big inning after Miller's exit sinks D-backs

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers avoided a series sweep Sunday, scoring six runs in the fifth inning of a 6-2 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.

Adrian Gonzalez doubled in two runs and Yasmani Grandal slugged a two-run homer in support of winning starter Brandon McCarthy (3-0), who recovered after Paul Goldschmidt's two-run homer in the first to pitch seven strong innings and give the weary Dodgers bullpen a break. It was the first time McCarthy went seven innings since 2015 Tommy John surgery.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Peralta sets club record with 4 doubles

Peralta sets club record with 4 doubles

PHOENIX -- When D-backs right fielder David Peralta motored around first base in the eighth inning of Saturday night's 11-5 drubbing of the Dodgers, he said there was no thought about setting a club record with his fourth double of the game.

Peralta was simply doing what he does best -- go all out.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tomas homers twice as D-backs top Dodgers

Tomas homers twice as D-backs top Dodgers

PHOENIX -- The D-backs belted four home runs off Kenta Maeda, two by Yasmany Tomas, and pulled away to an 11-5 win over the Dodgers Saturday night at Chase Field.

Jake Lamb and Tomas went back-to-back in the first inning, Chris Herrmann slugged a two-run shot in the fourth and Tomas added a second solo blast in the fifth off Maeda (1-2) as the D-backs improved to 8-1 at Chase Field for their best start at home in franchise history. Prior to this season, the club's best start at home was 7-1, set in 2008.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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Goldschmidt meets kid who homered at his field

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Goldschmidt meets kid who homered at his field

Paul Goldschmidt made the day for a 12-year-old on Saturday at Chase Field. And vice versa.

Garrett Sloan was that youngster, who met the slugger after hiting the first home run at the recently dedicated Paul Goldschmidt Field, a Little League yard in nearby Goodyear, Ariz., some 20 miles west via Interstate 10 from the downtown ballpark.

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Huge inning highlights D-backs' new outlook

Arizona rides nine-run eighth to another comeback win

Huge inning highlights D-backs' new outlook

PHOENIX -- It's only April and probably a tad too early, but there appears to be a different feel this season to the D-backs, who blew open Friday night's 13-5 win over the Dodgers at Chase Field with a nine-run eighth inning.

The players sense it, and new manager Torey Lovullo knows it, even though he wasn't around for last year's unexpected 93-loss season.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs wait out Dodgers with 9-run eighth

Arizona takes control with six-hit, five-walk inning

D-backs wait out Dodgers with 9-run eighth

PHOENIX -- Sergio Romo balked in the tiebreaking run during a five-walk, nine-run bullpen meltdown in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night as the D-backs overwhelmed the Dodgers at Chase Field, 13-5, despite three hits and three RBIs by Corey Seager.

"It was quite a day, highlighted by a very impressive eighth inning," said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo after his club ran its record to 11-7. "I thought that the at-bats that were inside of that one inning were patient. It was exactly what we've talked about, handing it over to the next guy and letting him execute."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com, writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball and covered the D-backs on Friday. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

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Lovullo thrilled to have La Russa's expertise

Rookie skipper says Hall of Famer's input 'invaluable to me'

Lovullo thrilled to have La Russa's expertise

PHOENIX -- Torey Lovullo has been on the job as manager of the D-backs for a Spring Training and the first three weeks of the season. And as the D-backs opened a 10-game homestand on Friday night at Chase Field, Lovullo said he's not yet settled in his first job as a big league manager.

"I'm learning every day and I want to continue to learn every day," said Lovullo, who has guided the D-backs to an 11-7 record after a 13-5 victory over the Dodgers. "I have a lot of people around me who are great baseball minds, showing me a certain path and a certain method that's allowing me to continue growing."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs to stick with Greinke-Mathis battery

Lovullo likes pairing, will continue to spread duties behind the plate

D-backs to stick with Greinke-Mathis battery

SAN DIEGO -- Jeff Mathis has caught all four of Zack Greinke's starts this year, but as he promised during Spring Training, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo has spread the rest of the playing time around behind the plate without regard to who is on the mound.

Mathis, Chris Iannetta and Chris Herrmann have all caught this year.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wilson stays hot with fifth home run

Wilson stays hot with fifth home run

Make it three straight scoreless starts for Class A Advanced Buies Creek's Franklin Perez.

The Astros' No. 6 prospect extended his season-opening scoreless innings streak to 14 1/3 on Thursday, tossing five dominant frames against a loaded Carolina offense. He gave up two hits, struck out seven and induced six ground-ball outs as Buies Creek routed the Mudcats, 14-1.

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Corbin fans 8, but offense can't back him up

Corbin fans 8, but offense can't back him up

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers and Austin Hedges went deep, giving veteran left-hander Clayton Richard all the support he needed, as the Padres -- behind a four-strikeout seventh inning -- beat the D-backs, 4-1, on Thursday night.

Myers got San Diego on the board with a solo shot in the first, extending his hitting streak to a National League-leading 11 games, before Hedges tacked on an insurance run in the seventh. In between, Erick Aybar's two-run fifth-inning double put the Padres in front for good.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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