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Diamondbacks beat Giants 3-2 for Ray's 5th straight win

17 Setiembre 2017

Randy Johnson posted over 300 four different times and Curt Schilling did it once as well.

It has happened far too frequently this season.

Their magic number to clinch a postseason berth is now down to just six games.

Pence did not make it to the end. Entering Friday's game against the San Francisco Giants, he had allowed a total of four earned runs in his last four starts over the course of 25.1 innings. The shortstop started a slick double play off the bat of Adam Rosales and caught Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke napping in the fifth inning.

"Pretty good command, the changeup I haven't had that good command of lately, and the fastball command was better than it's been in the past". The wins allowed the Diamondbacks (87-62) to retain a five-game lead in the National League wild-card race with just 13 games remaining.

Joe Panik had a line drive single in the first inning, but Greinke followed it by retiring 11 straight batters.

Against a left-hander like Ray, their inadequacy is laid bare.

He was not whom a weak Giants lineup needed to see.

Bochy hardly could sit Hundley.

The team would add another five hits, but no other run would score. Unless you count the Padres' Wil Myers (five), that is. It was the first base on balls a Diamondbacks starter had given up since Wednesday.

Ray (14-5) struck out 10 and gave up two runs (one earned), six hits and no walks as the Diamondbacks won for the 19th time in 24 games and for the eighth straight time on the road. Samardzija scored when Ray fumbled the feed from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Unfortunately, Greinke never got the chance to score.

Goldschmidt also hit the first pitch, raising his season RBI total to 115.

Regardless of whether he plays again or not, it's been an interesting season for the 30-year-old backup.

Over on the Giants' side, they're going with RHP Chris Stratton on Sunday.

He was hitting.160 as late as May 27. He's 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two career starts against the Diamondbacks. All their guys have stepped up. "He does special things at special times". Goldy steps up to the plate and gets us two runs. Hernandez's leaping, home run robbery Sept. 3 against the St. Louis Cardinals will stand as the one play worth remembering from an outfield defense that has hovered somewhere between embarrassment and ineptitude. Goldschmidt drove the ball well into the bleachers in left center field, a shot estimated at 438 feet by Statcast. That's not a role they will want to give to center field prospect Steven Duggar, who should get everyday playing time in the minors as the Giants seek to groom him for a potential everyday role in the future.

Vielma, a 23-year-old switch hitter from Venezuela, has a skill set that bears a striking resemblance to former Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza - a player that the Giants lost on a waiver claim (first to the Brewers, then to the Twins) earlier this year.

His 4.09 ERA in San Francisco this year is atypical of a season in which he has the 10th-best road mark in the majors (2.71). The B is silent.

Vielma pronounces his first name EN-jell.

Diamondbacks beat Giants 3-2 for Ray's 5th straight win