De La Rosa scuffles as D-backs lose 4th straight

De La Rosa scuffles as D-backs lose 4th straight

PHOENIX -- The Cardinals completed a season sweep of the D-backs on Thursday night with a 5-3 victory punctuated by home runs from backup catcher Tony Cruz and fill-in outfielder Brandon Moss.

After sweeping a three-game home series against the D-backs in May, the Cardinals interrupted Arizona's attempt to keep climbing up the National League West standings by winning four straight at Chase Field. In doing so, the Cardinals, who have won five in a row on this road trip, maintained their 4 1/2-game lead in the NL Central.

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Goldy rocks Chase Field with monster homer

Goldy rocks Chase Field with monster homer

PHOENIX -- When the ball left his bat, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt knew it was home run. He just didn't realize quite how far it would carry.

Goldschmidt's first-inning homer -- the D-backs' entire offense in a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday night -- left his bat at 111 mph and was projected to land 471 feet away, according to Statcast™.

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Anderson faces A's, aiming to follow up scoreless start

Anderson faces A's, aiming to follow up scoreless start

The A's will have their ace on the mound for Friday's three-game series opener in Arizona, where Sonny Gray will be opposed by D-backs right-hander Chase Anderson in the 6:40 p.m. MT matchup at Chase Field.

Gray enters the contest with an American League-leading 2.10 ERA, the lowest mark by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA with the Red Sox in 2000.

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O'Brien blasts two homers for Triple-A Reno

D-backs' No. 9 prospect goes 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits for Aces

O'Brien blasts two homers for Triple-A Reno

The home runs keep coming for Peter O'Brien.

The Diamondbacks' No. 9 prospect launched a pair of home runs Wednesday in Triple-A Reno's 11-5 win over Nashville. He also picked up a double in the game, finishing 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs.

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Delgado will get shot at rotation next year

Delgado will get shot at rotation next year

PHOENIX -- The D-backs moved Randall Delgado back to the bullpen after one start, but it appears the organization views him as a rotation candidate in the future.

"In Spring Training [next year] Dave and Tony they'd like to see him as a starter, so he's going to be thought of in that way," D-backs manager Chip Hale said referring to GM Dave Stewart and chief baseball officer Tony La Russa. "But we always know the flexibility he gives us in the bullpen is important."

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Corbin solid, but D-backs drop third straight

Corbin solid, but D-backs drop third straight

PHOENIX -- Needing a win to maintain their 4 1/2-game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central, the Cardinals extended their winning streak to four with a 3-1 win over the D-backs in front of 17,572 at Chase Field on Wednesday night.

After the two teams traded home runs, St. Louis buried Arizona with a two-run seventh, capped by run-scoring hits from Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter. With Stephen Piscotty in motion on a hit-and-run, Wong laced an RBI double off David Hernandez into the left-field corner to give the Cardinals their first lead of the night. Carpenter, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, padded the lead with a two-out RBI single to right off Andrew Chafin.

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D-backs undaunted by latest hiccup

D-backs undaunted by latest hiccup

PHOENIX -- There have been numerous times this season when it seemed like the D-backs were headed for a bad run that could bury them below the .500 mark, and each time they rebounded to creep back.

Just last week, after dropping the final two games in Pittsburgh, they appeared to be ready for a slide, only to rebound with a four-game sweep in Cincinnati that vaulted them onto the periphery of the National League West race.

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D-backs can't recover from Ray's rocky start

D-backs can't recover from Ray's rocky start

PHOENIX -- Buoyed by a four-run first inning, the Cardinals cruised to a 9-1 win over the D-backs on Tuesday to further fortify their National League Central lead.

With a second victory in as many nights at Chase Field, the Cardinals capitalized on Pittsburgh's loss in Miami to increase their division lead to 4 1/2 games. Arizona falls 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West. The Cardinals also became the Majors' first team to 80 wins.

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Marshall feels grateful after brush with tragedy

Righty visits D-backs for first time since being hit with line drive in head while with Reno

Marshall feels grateful after brush with tragedy

PHOENIX -- Three weeks ago, there was serious question as to whether D-backs right-hander Evan Marshall was going to live through the night after being struck in the head by a line drive while pitching for Triple-A Reno.

On Tuesday, though, he walked into the D-backs' clubhouse for the first time since the injury and received hugs from his teammates.

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Josh Collmenter's hamster hangs out with D-backs

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Josh Collmenter's hamster hangs out with D-backs

D-backs manager Chip Hale was recording his pregame radio show from his office when out of the corner of his eye he caught something moving.

"Something just rolled into my office when I was doing my work," Hale said. "I didn't know what was going on. I went into my bathroom and there was this hamster or something rolling around in a ball."

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Mayors Giles, Mitchell play catch with kids

Mayors Giles, Mitchell play catch with kids

PHOENIX -- Down the left-field line at Chase Field just before the D-backs began to do their stretching and throwing for Tuesday night's game, there was a different game of catch going on.

Mesa Mayor John Giles and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell played catch with a group of children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mesa and Tempe.

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Umpires bring gifts to kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital

Fairchild, Hoberg visit Phoenix Children's Hospital for UMPS CARE

Umpires bring gifts to kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital

PHOENIX -- As a professional umpire, Chad Fairchild makes plenty of tough calls on a daily basis. However on Tuesday morning, Fairchild had to make a different type of decision: Batman or Spiderman?

While Fairchild was visiting Phoenix Children's Hospital as part of an UMPS CARE Charities initiative, a young boy asked him to help dress up his new stuffed animal. Fairchild chose Batman.

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D-backs' winning streak halted by Cardinals

D-backs' winning streak halted by Cardinals

PHOENIX -- A three-run seventh inning, highlighted by run-scoring hits from Tommy Pham and Yadier Molina, helped the Cardinals to a 5-3 win as they opened a four-game series against the D-backs on Monday night at Chase Field.

The victory ensured St. Louis would maintain its 3 1/2-game lead in the National League Central over the surging Pirates, winners in eight of their last 10 games. Arizona's rapid climb up the NL West standings hit a halt as the team's four-game winning streak was snapped. The D-backs trail the first-place Dodgers by 5 1/2 games.

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D-backs hope to minimize mistakes

D-backs hope to minimize mistakes

PHOENIX -- Coming off an impressive road trip and suddenly finding themselves within shouting distance of the top spot in the National League West, the four-game series with the Cardinals is something of a measuring stick for the D-backs.

In Monday's opener, they came up short in a sloppy 5-3 loss at Chase Field.

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Braden makes catch at Chase Field in flamingo floatie

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Braden makes catch at Chase Field in flamingo floatie

Former pitcher and current ESPN analyst Dallas Braden was at Chase Field on Monday night to challenge Baxter the Bobcat in a cannonball contest. 

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Pesky Pollock selected as NL Player of Week

D-backs outfielder led Majors with 14 hits, batted .483 in six games

Pesky Pollock selected as NL Player of Week

A.J. Pollock was all over the basepaths last week, and the Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder was recognized Monday as the National League's Player of the Week. Pollock led all Major League hitters with 14 hits and led his NL peers with a .483 batting average in six games.

Pollock, 27, tied for the NL lead in both runs scored (eight) and total bases (22), and he also notched the fifth-highest on-base percentage (.516). Pollock had four multihit games last week and has 43 for the season, the second most in the NL, and he capped off the week with three hits Saturday.

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Chacin called up; Bradley off DL, to Triple-A

Chacin called up; Bradley off DL, to Triple-A

PHOENIX -- The D-backs made several roster moves on Monday, adding Jhoulys Chacin to the roster to start the series opener against the Cardinals, while optioning right-hander Zack Godley to Double-A Mobile.

In addition, the D-backs reinstated right-hander Archie Bradley from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Reno, while designating Reno infielder/outfielder Danny Dorn for assignment and unconditionally releasing veteran catcher Gerald Laird.

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D-backs eyeing playoff push after hot stretch

Arizona moves within 5 games of NL West-leading Dodgers

D-backs eyeing playoff push after hot stretch

CINCINNATI -- It's been a long climb, but after 108 games the D-backs are back above .500.

With a 4-0 victory over the Reds to finish a four-game series sweep on Sunday, Arizona is back above .500 at 62-61 for the first time since April 22 when they were 8-7.

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Chase is on: D-backs finish sweep of Reds

Chase is on: D-backs finish sweep of Reds

CINCINNATI -- Chase Anderson got the best of Raisel Iglesias in a pitchers' duel to lead the D-backs (62-61) to the four-game series sweep victory over the Reds, 4-0, at Great American Ball Park on Sunday. The win pushed the D-backs above .500 for the first time since April 22 when Arizona was 8-7, while the Reds (51-71) matched a season-high nine game losing streak.

Anderson threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up his second straight victory against the Reds. He surrendered only five hits and three walks, while striking out two. Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday, but was recalled on Thursday after Jeremy Hellickson was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

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Dejection to elation: Anderson blanks Reds in return

Back from Triple-A, right-hander throws 6 2/3 scoreless innings vs. Reds

Dejection to elation: Anderson blanks Reds in return

CINCINNATI -- If things had gone as planned, Chase Anderson wouldn't have been on the mound Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati, but the D-backs are happy he made the start.

Anderson threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just five hits to lead the D-backs to a 4-0 victory over the Reds and complete the four-game series sweep. After a rough patch, Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday, but was recalled on Thursday when Jeremy Hellickson was placed on the disabled list.

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D-backs recall Reynolds, option Hessler

Left-hander tosses scoreless inning of relief in 1st game since 2013

D-backs recall Reynolds, option Hessler

CINCINNATI -- The D-backs recalled left-handed pitcher Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Reno on Sunday and optioned left-hander Keith Hessler to Reno.

Reynolds returns to the Major Leagues for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He missed all of last season and last pitched on June 9, 2013 against the Giants.

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Goldschmidt busts out with 2 two-run shots

Slumping slugger goes 4-for-5, steals 20th base of season

Goldschmidt busts out with 2 two-run shots

CINCINNATI -- You can only keep Paul Goldschmidt quiet for so long, and that stretch ended on Saturday night.

After starting the series 0-for-9, Goldschmidt erupted out his recent slump with a pair of two-run homers to lead the D-backs to an 11-7 victory over the Reds. Goldschmidt went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and his 20th stolen base of the season.

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Inciarte kick-starts offense, stars on defense

Home run on game's first pitch precedes heads-up play in left field

Inciarte kick-starts offense, stars on defense

CINCINNATI -- Paul Goldschmidt may have stolen the headlines in the D-backs' 11-7 victory over the Reds on Saturday, but Ender Inciarte was equally impressive with both his bat and glove.

Inciarte got the offense going on Saturday, sending Anthony DeSclafani's first pitch of the game into the right-field seats. The homer, which was his first career leadoff shot, began a 2-for-4 night with three RBIs.

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Goldy's blasts, big day lift relentless D-backs

Goldy's blasts, big day lift relentless D-backs

CINCINNATI -- Paul Goldschmidt snapped out of a recent slump to power the D-backs to a series-clinching 11-7 victory over the Reds on Saturday at Great American Ball Park. Arizona has taken all three of the four-game series so far to climb back to .500 at 61-61, while the Reds have lost eight straight.

Goldschmidt hit a pair of two-run homers to finish 4-for-5 with four RBIs and one stolen base. The D-backs finished with 16 hits, also getting multihit games from Ender Inciarte (2-for-4), the red-hot A.J. Pollock (3-for-5) and Chris Owings (3-for-4).

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Pollock's hot streak puts him in rarefied air

CF becomes 2nd D-backs player with 30 doubles, 30 steals in one season

Pollock's hot streak puts him in rarefied air

CINCINNATI -- Had Todd Frazier not made a highlight-reel catch, A.J. Pollock would have put himself in the D-backs record books in Friday night's 6-3 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

In the sixth inning, Frazier robbed Pollock of what would have been his seventh straight base hit, tying the Arizona record for consecutive hits. The incredible defensive play may have kept Pollock out of the record books, but not from another monster night as he finished 4-for-5 with a home run, an RBI and two stolen bases, falling a triple shy of the cycle. He also became the first player in the Majors with 30 doubles and 30 stolen bases this season, and second player in franchise history to accomplish that feat, joining Eric Byrnes (30 doubles, 50 steals) in 2007.

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Pollock's near-cycle backs De La Rosa's 11th win

Pollock's near-cycle backs De La Rosa's 11th win

CINCINNATI -- Using a four-run top of the fourth inning and A.J. Pollock's near-cycle, the D-backs zoomed over the Reds for a 6-3 victory on Friday at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati has dropped seven games in a row and fell to the bottom of the National League Central division for the first time this season.

Rubby De La Rosa gave Arizona a strong seven-inning start and allowed two earned runs on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts. David Holmberg labored for his five innings and gave up five earned runs and 11 hits. That included home runs by Pollock in the first inning and Yasmany Tomas in the big top of the fourth where nine came to the plate to make it a 5-0 game.

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Bullpen does heavy lifting in comeback win

Five relievers combine for seven scoreless innings

Bullpen does heavy lifting in comeback win

CINCINNATI -- D-backs starting pitcher Patrick Corbin didn't have his best stuff on Thursday night, but the bullpen was there to pick him up in a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Reds.

Corbin was only able to go two innings, but seven scoreless innings from the bullpen led to the comeback victory at Great American Ball Park. Five different relievers worked together to hold the Reds to just two hits and one walk as Arizona recovered from an early four-run deficit.

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