After a rough blowout loss in the series opener and a 1-0 defeat on Wednesday night, it was imperative for the Arizona Diamondbacks to salvage at least one game against the Texas Rangers. Daniel Hudson took the mound this evening in Arlington and was phenomenal, working seven innings of three-run ball.
Hudson's performance and two strong relief innings from Bryan Shaw held the Rangers down as the D-backs went on to win 11-3 in blowout fashion.
Texas took an early 1-0 lead in the first, but a two-run homer from Jason Kubel gave Arizona a 2-1 lead in the second. Lyle Overbay's two-run double in the third inning pushed the lead to 4-1. Overbay doubled again in the six to bring another run across the plate, and then scored himself on a single from Aaron Hill for a 6-1 lead.
Gerardo Parra's three-run homer capped off a five-run sixth for the D-backs, pushing the score to 9-1.
Daniel Murphy of the Rangers cut the lead to 9-3 with a two-run shot in the seventh, but Miguel Montero answered in the top of the ninth with a two-run homer of his own.
The Diamondbacks may still have lost the series, but they were facing a very tough team and grabbed the momentum while winning the finale. They'll now head west to take on Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and the Angels beginning Friday night.
The Arizona Diamondbacks fell for the second-straight night to the Texas Rangers. This time, they got a great outing from their starter but were still unable to generate any offense. Lefty Wade Miley was spectacular but he was done in late by a bad call and poor defense from Ryan Roberts.
The Rangers finally broke through on Miley in the bottom of the eighth through no fault of his own. He walked Mike Napoli, but the replay showed the 3-2 slider was in the zone. Napoli advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then Miley stuck out the dangerous Nelson Cruz with three pitches. But Craig Gentry hit a rocket to third base that Roberts couldn't handle.
Instead of getting himself in front of the ball so he could at least knock it down and prevent the run, Roberts played it off the hop to the side of his body. The ball bounced off his glove and into left field allowing Napoli to score from second.
And with that unfortunate turn of events, Miley's fantastic game came to an end with 7.2 innings, 93 pitches, three hits, one "walk", and the one run allowed. Wade had a career-high eight strikeouts thanks to a devastating slider that completely fooled the Rangers hitters.
On the other side of the coin, the D-backs offense was held down for the second-straight game. They managed six hits but couldn't put together any kind of sustain rally to drive one or two home.
Rangers LHP Matt Harrison was finally lifted in the eighth inning when Willie Bloomquist doubled down the right field line. In came highly competent reliever, Mike Adams, who proceeded to get the next two outs to end the threat. Harrison's final line was 7.1 innings pitched with six hits and no runs allowed. He struck out three and walked two.
The D-backs and Rangers play the final game of the series on Thursday night with Arizona looking to avoid the sweep.
The Arizona Diamondbacks came into Arlington, Texas having won five straight games. With Ian Kennedy coming off of two straight very good starts, it appeared that they might be able to continue their success. However, Texas rangers starter Colby Lewis had a perfect game threw five innings and only allowed a solo homer to Miguel Montero and three other hits. Texas got five runs in the sixth inning and Lewis threw a complete game to beat Arizona 9-1 in the first game of their three-game interleague series.
Kennedy gave up a run in the bottom of the first inning when his wild pitch scored Ian Kinsler, who had doubled to lead off the inning.
Arizona was stymied as they were set down 16 times in a row before Aaron Hill was the first baserunner with a hit with one out in the sixth. He was left stranded and then Texas busted the game open in the bottom of the inning.
Kennedy retired the first two hitters, but then allowed six straight hits and five runs, including a two-run home run to David Murphy. That made the score 6-0.
Texas added two more runs in the seventh with two outs and a single run in the eighth.
Miguel Montero homered in the top of the eighth for the only Arizona run.
Paul Goldschmidt was hitless in three at-bats, so his hitting streak came to an end.
Lewis gave up only four hits in a complete game win. He struck out seven and walked one. With the win, he evened his record at 5-5 on the season.
Kennedy allowed six runs and 10 hits in five and two-thirds innings, walking one and striking out four. He took the loss, falling to 5-6.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are currently on a five game winning streak, their longest of the 2012 season, and looking to continue that roll against the AL West in interleague play this week. Their first stop is in Arlington, Texas to take on the red hot Rangers and their superstar, Josh Hamilton.
The Rangers are easily the most explosive offensive team in Major League Baseball right now. They are first in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Their roster is solid from head to toe, featuring great pitching as well.
Luckily for the D-backs, they are not only playing well right now, but they have actually fared better on the road than they have in the friendly confines of Chase Field this season. Currently, they are 15-14 on the road and 15-16 at home. What is also fortunate for the Diamondbacks is that they will be sending their three best pitchers to the mound against Nolan Ryan's boys.
Here are the presumed pitching lineups for this three game series series:
The Diamondbacks' offense has been stellar as of late as well. During their win streak, they have seen 37 runners cross the plate. Home runs have been abundant and men on base have been far from scarce. Arizona hopes to see this level of play continue against Texas.
All of the games are set to begin at 5:05 MST, barring some sort of unforeseen setback.