D-backs unable to rally out of big hole vs. Astros

D-backs unable to rally out of big hole vs. Astros

PHOENIX -- The Astros scored early and often to set the tone and pave the way for a 9-4 victory over the D-backs on Tuesday at Chase Field.

The teams split the first two games of a four-game home-and-home Interleague set and will play two more times starting Wednesday in Houston.

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Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles and covered the D-backs on Tuesday.

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Banda staying confident despite rough outing

Banda staying confident despite rough outing

PHOENIX -- Anthony Banda knows days like Tuesday are just a part of the learning experience.

Banda labored through a 9-4 loss to the Astros, his fourth career start since being called up July 21. The Astros tagged the 24-year-old left-hander for eight runs on nine hits and three walks. Houston teed off for five runs during the second inning alone.

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Marte providing spark to injury-depleted infield

Marte providing spark to injury-depleted infield

PHOENIX -- Ketel Marte has been a sparkplug for the D-backs since being called up in late June, providing versatility in the infield and a bit of pop from the bottom of the lineup.

With David Peralta out of the lineup on paternity leave, Marte batted leadoff for the first time in Tuesday's 9-4 loss to the Astros, going 2-for-5 with a run. He's enjoyed a strong August, batting .361 with three doubles this month.

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Nicknames, bright gear part of Players Weekend

New event to take place during all games from Aug. 25-27

Nicknames, bright gear part of Players Weekend

PHOENIX -- Known by fans simply as Goldy, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will finally have a jersey to match during the inaugural Players Weekend, Aug. 25-27, when Major League players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs and their nicknames on the back.

Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

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D-backs, Astros to wrap set with pair in Houston

D-backs, Astros to wrap set with pair in Houston

After splitting the first two games of a home-and-home series in Phoenix, the D-backs and Astros head to Houston to play the final two contests of a four-game Interleague set beginning on Wednesday.

Both teams enter with joint ownership of the best Interleague record in the Major Leagues, having gone 10-2 in such bouts this season.

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Greinke piles up K's with improved pitch mix

D-backs ace fans nine Astros, including Altuve three times

Greinke piles up K's with improved pitch mix

PHOENIX -- There are some things that D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke can't explain. Like why his strikeout totals are up this year, or how in the heck he struck out Astros second baseman Jose Altuve three times in Monday's 2-0 win over the Astros.

Greinke (14-5) fanned nine Monday to give him 174 on the season, and his average of just over 10 strikeouts per nine innings is near a career high.

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Doubles back Greinke to win over Astros

Doubles back Greinke to win over Astros

PHOENIX -- The D-backs rapped out six doubles, at least three the result of some extra hustle, to back an outstanding pitching performance by Zack Greinke in a 2-0 win over the Astros at Chase Field.

Greinke (14-5) allowed five hits and struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings as he helped the D-backs remain in a tie with the Rockies for the two National League Wild Card slots.

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Barrett sent down; Peralta on paternity leave

Bracho, Hoover join D-backs; Ray set for rehab start

Barrett sent down; Peralta on paternity leave

PHOENIX -- The D-backs made a pair of roster moves prior to Monday's game with the Astros, optioning pitcher Jake Barrett to Triple-A Reno and placing outfielder David Peralta on the paternity list.

Right-hander Silvino Bracho was recalled from Reno to take the place of Barrett. Bracho has ridden the Triple-A shuttle throughout this year as this is his seventh stint with the D-backs in 2017.

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Featuring curve, Godley K's 4 Cubs in 1st

Righty 2nd D-backs hurler to achieve feat en route to 8-whiff outing

Featuring curve, Godley K's 4 Cubs in 1st

PHOENIX -- Zack Godley's curveball has been his go-to pitch late in the count since he was in high school. Now, he is throwing it more than ever and has turned the pitch into his primary weapon during a breakout year with the D-backs.

Godley relied heavily on his curve Sunday as he held the Cubs to two earned runs in Arizona's 7-2 loss at Chase Field. While Chicago tallied a pair of runs in the first and second innings, Godley held the defending World Series champions in check for much of the game and got plenty of swings and misses. In the first, Godley became only the second D-backs pitcher to record four strikeouts in an ininng, joining Oliver Perez, who did it Sept. 20, 2014, against the Brewers. The righty is the 81st pitcher in Major League history to achieve the feat.

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Bats, 'pen can't boost Godley in loss to Cubs

Bats, 'pen can't boost Godley in loss to Cubs

PHOENIX -- Jake Arrieta pitched six quality innings and Javier Baez smacked a three-run homer as the Cubs captured the series with the D-backs and moved a game ahead of the second-place Cardinals with a 7-2 win Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

"We keep an eye on [the standings], especially at this time of year," Arrieta said. "All we can do is play the best we can and try to win that day."

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Chafin gums up the works, snaps off crown

D-backs reliever chomps down hard on tooth, keeps pitching

Chafin gums up the works, snaps off crown

PHOENIX -- When he gave up a two-out double to the Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez in the ninth inning Wednesday, D-backs reliever Andrew Chafin was not pleased with himself.

What happened next was even more painful.

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J.D. cracks Lester as Corbin quiets Cubs

J.D. cracks Lester as Corbin quiets Cubs

PHOENIX -- The D-backs acquired J.D. Martinez prior to the Trade Deadline hoping he would give them a boost against left-handed pitching. Martinez did just that on Saturday, hitting a key RBI double in four-run sixth inning to spark the D-backs to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs and snap a three-game losing streak.

"Overall, it was a nice win for us," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "We've been grinding for the past couple of days, and for us to get that type of an effort by the entire team, it was a good feeling."

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Peralta goes full steam for inside-the-park HR

'Freight Train' hits deep drive off wall in left-center field

Peralta goes full steam for inside-the-park HR

PHOENIX -- The offense's floodgates opened for the D-backs during a 6-2 win over the Cubs at Chase Field on Saturday night, and David Peralta put the finishing touch on the victory with an inside-the-park home run in the eighth.

Peralta lit into a 95.2 mph first-pitch fastball from Justin Grimm with two outs and drilled it off the wall in left-center field. Statcast™ tracked Peralta's hit at 102.6 mph off the bat, with an 83 percent chance of landing for a hit.

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Ray free of concussion effects, faces hitters

D-backs lefty throws 50-pitch sim game; Tomas improving

Ray free of concussion effects, faces hitters

PHOENIX -- D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray said he is feeling no lingering effects from the concussion that he sustained when he was struck on the head by a line drive on July 28.

Ray threw a simulated game at Salt River Fields on Saturday, facing batters for the first time since he was struck.

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D-backs stung after sticking with Walker in 6th

D-backs stung after sticking with Walker in 6th

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Torey Lovullo was faced with a tough decision in the fifth inning of Arizona's 8-3 loss to the Cubs at Chase Field on Friday night, and the choice he made ultimately backfired.

With Arizona trailing, 3-0, entering the bottom of the fifth, Chris Herrmann hustled out an infield single with one out. Lovullo elected to leave starting pitcher Taijuan Walker in the game to sacrifice bunt, rather than send out a pinch-hitter and turn the game over to his bullpen.

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Peralta, Goldy homers not enough to top Cubs

Peralta, Goldy homers not enough to top Cubs

PHOENIX -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon wants his team to find ways to score runs without relying on the long ball, and Friday night they heeded his call, and threw in a couple homers, too, in an 8-3 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.

It was a good win for the Cubs, who learned earlier in the day that catcher Willson Contreras will be sidelined at least four weeks with a strained right hamstring.

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Walker notches 30th home run for Reno

Walker notches 30th home run for Reno

Free from the pitcher-friendly ballparks of the Florida State League, Nick Senzel's home-run power is starting to show in earnest.

Senzel, the Reds' No. 1 prospect (No. 11 overall), turned in his first career multi-homer performance while he stuffed the box score on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs scored, a walk and a stolen base in Double-A Pensacola's 10-9 loss against Mobile.

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D-backs rookie Banda earns another start

Lefty retired 9 of 10 after 3-run first inning on Thursday

D-backs rookie Banda earns another start

PHOENIX -- The D-backs plan on keeping left-hander Anthony Banda in the rotation the next time through.

Banda allowed three runs on four hits over four innings in Thursday night's 8-6 loss to the Dodgers. All off the runs came in the first inning, but Banda was able to settle in and throw three scoreless innings before D-backs manager Torey Lovullo elected to pinch-hit for him hoping to break the game open.

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Owings' rehab going well after hand surgery

D-backs shortstop was struck during at-bat on July 30

Owings' rehab going well after hand surgery

PHOENIX -- Almost as soon as Lance Lynn's pitch hit him on the middle finger of his right hand on July 30, D-backs shortstop Chris Owings knew he was in trouble.

"You know when something is going on with your body," Owings said. "I was kind of messing with it after it happened and I could feel something wiggling in there."

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D-backs can't catch up after rocky 1st vs. LA

D-backs can't catch up after rocky 1st vs. LA

PHOENIX -- All year long the Dodgers have gotten production from their entire roster as they built the best record in the Majors.

Thursday night's hero was Enrique Hernandez, who started in place of right fielder Yasiel Puig and drove in three runs to help the Dodgers defeat the D-backs, 8-6, at Chase Field.

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Banda rebounds, but early hook backfires

D-backs starter retires 9 of 10 after 3-run first vs. Dodgers

Banda rebounds, but early hook backfires

PHOENIX -- Anthony Banda fought his way back into Thursday night's game after a rocky first inning, but he lasted just four innings on 69 pitches in the D-backs' eventual 8-6 loss to the Dodgers.

Banda need 36 pitches to get out of a first inning in which the Dodgers racked up a 3-0 lead and sent eight batters to the plate. Enrique Hernandez cleared the bases with a double with two outs before Banda escaped the inning.

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D-backs' lead short-lived vs. Dodgers

D-backs' lead short-lived vs. Dodgers

PHOENIX -- Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig (the latter to be known as "Wild Horse" on Players Weekend) drove in runs with two out in the seventh inning against former teammate Zack Greinke, and Alex Wood ran his record to 14-1 as the Dodgers rallied Wednesday night for a 3-2 win over the D-backs at Chase Field. Los Angeles (80-33) is the sixth team since 1913 to hit the 80-win mark in its first 113 games.

Wood, who complained of fatigue in his last start when his velocity dropped, made a mechanical adjustment during a Sunday bullpen session, and his velocity returned for much of his six innings.

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

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Final inning mars Greinke's strong start

Final inning mars Greinke's strong start

PHOENIX -- There was a span from the second inning to the end of the sixth inning Wednesday when Zack Greinke struck out seven and didn't surrender a hit.

It was what happened outside the parameters of those four innings, though, that came back to bite Greinke and the D-backs as they fell to the Dodgers, 3-2.

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Chafin played journalist during Bradley interview

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Chafin played journalist during Bradley interview

Andrew Chafin is known for a few things: his dominance on the mound, his living quarters on wheels, and his journalistic background. The latter is something he (and we) just recently discovered. And so far, he's proving he could take a lot of us out of a job.

During a postgame interview on Tuesday, Chafin blended in well with reporters as they asked Archie Bradley a few questions following the 6-3 win over the Dodgers.

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Sports stars share support for Bradley's fire

Sports stars share support for Bradley's fire

PHOENIX -- Archie Bradley's emotional reaction during the D-backs' 6-3 win Tuesday made big waves throughout the Arizona sports community.

Bradley emphatically pumped his fists and screamed "This is our house" as he walked off the field after retiring the side in the eighth against the Dodgers. After the game he elaborated on the reaction, saying, "This is our house, man. I don't care how many games back we are, I don't care if we're the worst team in baseball. I want to win at home, and I want to see Diamondback fans in the stands. I don't like seeing blue in the stands. It had nothing to do with standings, it had nothing to do with the playoff race; it had to do with our fans being better than theirs and us winning."

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Barry M. Bloom

D-backs in driver's seat to play in WC Game

D-backs in driver's seat to play in WC Game

PHOENIX -- There are 49 games to go and the D-backs are where no one expected when the regular season began: on a direct course to play in the National League Wild Card Game on Oct. 4, perhaps at Chase Field.

The important number to look at right now is 6 1/2 games. That's the D-backs' lead over the Brewers and Cardinals in the race for the second Wild Card spot. The Rockies have the top spot by a half-game at the conclusion of play Wednesday.

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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.

Lamb slam ends Dodgers' streak vs. D-backs

Lamb slam ends Dodgers' streak vs. D-backs

PHOENIX -- Jake Lamb made the Dodgers pay for loading the bases with an intentional walk to get to him, hitting his second career grand slam with two outs in the seventh inning off left-hander Tony Watson to lead the D-backs past the Dodgers, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

The Dodgers' loss was just their second in the last 16 games and snapped a four-game win streak. They had also beaten the D-backs four straight times, and while they lead Arizona by 15 games in the National League West, the D-backs moved a half-game ahead of the Rockies for the first NL Wild Card spot.

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Bradley, D-backs feed off fans' energy

Reliever calls for more of the same down the stretch

Bradley, D-backs feed off fans' energy

PHOENIX -- After D-backs reliever Archie Bradley forced Dodgers superstar rookie Cody Bellinger to fly out and end the eighth inning on Tuesday, he had a message for the fans in attendance.

"This is our house," Bradley screamed passionately as he walked back to the dugout during Arizona's 6-3 win over the Dodgers at Chase Field.

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Lamb's work vs. lefties pays dividends

Slugger hits game-winning slam vs. LA southpaw Watson

Lamb's work vs. lefties pays dividends

PHOENIX -- Backed by two solo homers from Justin Turner and a jaw-dropping catch from Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers looked to steal the show early at Chase Field on Tuesday. And then, Jake Lamb managed to erase all that with one swing.

Lamb launched a grand slam off Tony Watson in the seventh inning to send the D-backs to a 6-3 win in their series opener with the Dodgers. The D-backs were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the game to that point, and Lamb's shot sent the crowd of 24,810 into a chorus of "beat L.A." chants.

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