Wednesday, April 8, 2015

D-backs' 2 big flies enough to topple Giants

A pair of three-run homers by David Peralta and Jake Lambpowered the D-backs past the Giants, 7-6, on Tuesday night at Chase Field.
The home runs made a winner of D-backs starter Rubby De La Rosa despite allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings, while Ryan Vogelsong took the loss, allowing all seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.
"Rubby battled the best he could," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He gave it everything he had. He won the game and that's the key. We want winning pitchers, and he did everything that he needed to do to win."
The Giants hit a pair of home runs as well, with catcher Buster Poseycollecting a two-run homer and Brandon Crawford adding a solo shot in the sixth.
"Basically I wasted a good offensive night for my team," Vogelsong said. "Anytime we score six runs, we deserve a win for that."
Lamb leading the way: Lamb's three-run homer in the fifth inning gave the D-backs a 7-4 lead and it also gave Lamb seven RBIs in his first four plate appearances of the season. In Monday's opener he pinch-hit and collected a three-run double. More >
Vexed Vogelsong: Vogelsong and Posey were clearly displeased when plate umpire Eric Cooper called ball four on a close 3-2 pitch to Paul Goldschmidtin the third inning. Peralta proceeded to pound his home run. But matters might have been a lot different had Vogelsong been luckier with his full-count fastball to Goldschmidt. More >
Peralta crushes one: All spring long, Hale raved about Peralta's power and that was displayed in the third inning as he smacked his three-run homer. The homer followed Goldschmidt's walk and gave the D-backs a 4-2 lead.
Peralta's third-inning homer had an exit velocity of 115 mph and traveled 442 feet according to's Statcast.
Giants: Right-hander Chris Heston will make his second career Major League start Wednesday, replacing injured Matt Cain, in the 6:40 p.m. PT finale of the three-game, season-opening series against the D-backs. More >
D-backs: Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson will make his D-backs debut Wednesday evening at 6:40 p.m. MST. Hellickson was acquired by the D-backs from the Rays in November. It will be the third game of this six-game season-opening homestand.

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