D-backs outshine Sonny, A's to stop slide

D-backs outshine Sonny, A's to stop slide

PHOENIX -- The D-backs rallied from an early deficit to defeat the A's, 6-4, on Friday night at Chase Field to snap a four-game losing streak while extending Oakland's losing skid to three games.

The A's gave starter Sonny Gray a 2-0 lead on RBIs by Billy Burns and Mark Canha. Gray, meanwhile, handcuffed the D-backs, holding them to just two hits through five innings while maintaining the American League's best ERA (2.13).

"That's a true No. 1 pitcher we faced tonight," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Gray. "He's got nasty stuff. The ball was moving all over the place. Guys were scratching their heads how we were going to get to him."

Gray fans five in loss

The D-backs, though, were able to capitalize on a pair of passed balls by Stephen Vogt to score two runs in the sixth to tie the game. One inning later, the D-backs chased Gray (12-6) and scored four runs, thanks in part to an RBI single by A.J. Pollock and a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt, his 26th of the year.

Pollock's RBI single

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Another long blast by Goldy: Two days after smashing a 471-foot homer, Goldschmidt hit the base of the scoreboard with a shot projected to land 466 feet away, according to Statcast™. More than the homer, though, his manager wanted to talk about how Goldschmidt set the tone in his previous at-bat when he swung and missed at strike three yet hustled to first on a passed ball. Goldschmidt ended up scoring the tying run that inning. More >

"I truly believe that we won that game because our guy Goldy hustled on a strikeout," Hale said.

Goldy's two-run blast

Sixth-inning snafus: Several missteps hurt the A's in the sixth inning, starting with a leadoff walk to Ender Inciarte, who advanced to second base on a passed ball. Vogt, who had just five passed balls to his name entering the game, committed another one on Goldschmidt's swinging third strike, putting runners at the corners with one out for Peralta. Arizona's left fielder promptly doubled in a run, and Welington Castillo's ensuing sacrifice fly tied the game, 2-2, when Josh Reddick's throw to the plate was cut off and dropped by first baseman Canha. Gray was forced to throw 28 pitches in the inning. More >

"For me, that was unacceptable for two of those balls to get by me," Vogt said. "I'm used to Sonny's movement, there's no excuse for missing two of his pitches, especially when he makes good pitches to get some of the best hitters in the league out. He makes a great pitch to strike out the National League MVP in my opinion, and I can't catch the freaking ball to keep him off first. Obviously I'm very frustrated with myself."

Peralta's RBI double

Another step forward for Chase: Maybe all that Anderson needed to snap out of his funk was a cross-country, round-trip flight. After being demoted Aug. 18, Anderson flew from Pittsburgh to Phoenix and was scheduled to go to Triple-A Reno. An injury to Jeremy Hellickson, however, forced the D-backs to immediately recall Anderson, who flew from Phoenix to Cincinnati to rejoin the team. In two starts since then, Anderson has allowed two runs over 12 2/3 innings. Friday, Anderson gave up two runs in six innings of work.

"Chase did a real nice job," Hale said. "A couple were up and they got him with those doubles, but I thought he battled and kept us in the game. He had a few tough times there and got out of them."

Anderson's strong six innings

Brett's blast: Brett Lawrie extended his hitting streak to eight games with a monstrous home run in the ninth inning off David Hernandez, a two-run shot to left field that was projected to land 470 feet away, according to Statcast™. It was the 13th home run of the season for Lawrie, a new career high.

"His month's been phenomenal," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That's hit a long way. You don't see too many balls hit that far in this park. It gives us a fighting chance."

WHAT'S NEXT
A's: The A's will send right-hander Aaron Brooks to the mound for Saturday's 5:10 p.m. PT start against the D-backs, pushing scheduled starter Felix Doubront back to Monday. Brooks joins the A's for a second time this season, after going 1-1 with a 6.19 ERA in four games (three starts) in his first stint.

D-backs: Jhoulys Chacin will make his second start of the year for the D-backs on Saturday night. Chacin, who was signed as a free agent in June, allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Cardinals last time out.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.