Pollock drives in three as D-backs edge Angels

Pollock drives in three as D-backs edge Angels

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A.J. Pollock highlighted the D-backs' offense with two hits and three RBIs and Arizona rallied for a pair of runs in the eighth inning en route to a 6-5 win over the Angels on Wednesday afternoon at Salt River Fields.

Danny Worth reached on an error by shortstop Taylor Featherston to start the eighth, and two outs later, Nick Evans crushed a fly ball to center, scoring Worth. Socrates Brito followed with a double of his own to right-center to score Evans and give the D-backs a cushion they'd need, as Featherston doubled in a run against Jake Barrett in the ninth.

Evans' go-ahead double

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Drury does it again: D-backs Minor League infielder Brandon Drury continued his red-hot spring, going 1-for-2 with a walk. Drury, who entered the game as the team's leading hitter with five hits in 11 at-bats, hit his second homer of the spring to leadoff the fourth.

Drury's solo blast

Delgado dealing: Randall Delgado put together another outstanding outing in his bid to win a spot in the D-backs' rotation. After throwing two scoreless innings in his first spring appearance, Delgado was dominant in a three-inning stint Wednesday.

Delgado did not allow a hit or walk and he fanned five including the final four batters he faced. The right-hander struck out Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and David Freese in order in the sixth to finish up his outing.

Delgado's five strikeouts

Ray of hope: Robbie Ray, who is competing for a spot in the D-backs' rotation, struggled in the first two innings of his second spring start before settling down. Ray allowed a leadoff walk in the first to come around and score, and he gave up a pair of runs in the second, only one of which was earned. He retired the side in order in his third and final inning.

QUOTABLE

"I had a little trouble commanding my fastball. The main thing for me is getting guys off my fastball. The last inning we mixed in some breaking balls, and as you saw it went 1-2-3." -- Ray reflecting on his outing

"I think Delgado was pretty dominant today. That was really a big step forward for him." -- Hale on Delgado's outing

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS

• Legendary college basketball coach Bobby Knight has been visiting the D-backs this week, and he addressed the team Wednesday morning. Knight is a longtime friend of Arizona's chief baseball officer, Tony La Russa.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Allen Webster will continue his bid for a spot in the rotation Thursday as he gets the start against the Reds. The game time has been changed to 2:10 p.m. MST. Actor Will Ferrell will play an inning for the D-backs at a yet to be announced position. Opening Day starter Josh Collmenter will start a "B" game against the Reds on a back field at 10:30 a.m. MST.

Steve Gilbert and Alden Gonzalez are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.