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Diamondbacks Shut Out Again, Lose 2-0 Behind Garrett Richards' Gem

In the final game of their three-game interleague series, the Arizona Diamondbacks struggled again on offense and they failed to score for the second game in a row. Garrett Richards shut them down for eight innings and D-backs starter Ian Kennedy allowed only two runs in eight innings, and Arizona lost the game 2-0 and the series.

On offense, the only time that Arizona threatened was in the eighth inning. Willie Bloomquist and Jason Kubel singled and, with two out, Justin Upton had a chance to do a little damage. He popped out to Albert Pujols to end the inning.

Kubel also had a single in the first inning and Upton singled in the third.

Meanwhile, Ian Kennedy pitched very well, but had his efforts wasted. He allowed a fourth inning leadoff homer to Albert Pujols, his 10th of the year, and a run in the seventh.

Kennedy allowed six hits, struck out six and did not walk anyone.

Richards allowed only four hits and walked four in eight innings. He left in the ninth after a leadoff walk to Miguel Montero, but Ernesto Frieri retired Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Young and Aaron Hill to end the game and pick up his seventh save.

Richards improves to 2-0 and Kennedy falls to 5-7. Arizona returns home to play six games, three against the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs.

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