Arizona at Boston

W: R. Ross (2-2) L: A. Bradley (4-8) S: C. Kimbrel (19)
HR: ARI - None   BOS - S. Leon (5),B. Holt (6)

Leon, Holt power Red Sox past D'backs 6-3

Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox reliever Brad Ziegler got his first matchup against his former teammates in a tight spot - bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth inning.

Ten pitches and three strikeouts later, he walked back to the dugout with a three-run lead intact.

''I was doing what I could just to stay relaxed and calm on the mound,'' Ziegler said after Boston beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 on Saturday night.

''Even warming up, seeing the scenario unfold, trying to not get the adrenaline too high,'' the side-arming righty said. ''If it does, I tend to start missing with my pitches and not throwing them where I want. I was able to do that.''

Ziegler, acquired last month from Arizona, saved what could have been a rough inning after Matt Barnes walked three straight batters.

''He struck out the side in a crucial moment,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''A big lift in that particular inning.''

Brock Holt hit a two-run homer and Sandy Leon had a solo shot for the Red Sox. Rookie Andrew Benintendi and Dustin Pedroia each had two hits and drove in a run for Boston, which won its second straight after losing four of five.

Michael Bourn had two singles and an RBI for the Diamondbacks. They had won four of five.

''Bases loaded nobody out, you're down three and you want to at least get a couple there,'' Arizona manager Chip Hale said. ''But he did a nice job. We've seen him do it (with us).''

Robbie Ross Jr. (2-2) worked an inning of relief for the win after starter Clay Buchholz gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a spot start. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 19th save.

Archie Bradley (4-8) allowed six runs - four earned - in 5 1/3 innings.

Demoted to the bullpen twice this season, Buchholz made his first start since early July on the eve of his 32nd birthday because knuckleballer Steven Wright was scratched on Thursday after jamming his pitching shoulder diving back into second during an interleague game.

Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, the Red Sox charged ahead with three runs that were keyed by right fielder Socrates Brito misplaying a flyball for an error. Leon hooked his homer around the Pesky Pole, Benintendi had an RBI double off the Green Monster after Holt reached on the error and Mookie Betts' grounder bounced over third baseman Jake Lamb for an RBI single.

Holt homered over Boston's bullpen to make it 6-3 and chased Bradley in the sixth.

Arizona had moved ahead by scoring twice in the fourth and once in the fifth.

Buchholz held the Diamondbacks hitless until Bourn's one-out single in the fourth. Bourn later scored on a groundout and Rickie Weeks Jr. added an RBI single, making it 2-1. Bourn had an RBI single in the fifth.


Diamondbacks: Hale said the club hopes to learn more about RHP Rubby De La Rosa's injury after he was sent for an MRI on Friday. The righty has been on the DL after elbow inflammation since May 26.

Red Sox: 2B Pedroia was back in the starting lineup after leaving Friday's game with flu-like symptoms. ... CF Jackie Bradley Jr. was out, both nursing a sore big toe after fouling a ball off his foot a couple of games ago and resting after playing 110 of the club's 114 games. ... Farrell said Wright threw again Saturday, but ''he's not completely symptom free and the next step will be on Monday.


Pedroia went behind second base in the seventh to snag Jean Segura's grounder and flipped it from his glove to SS Xander Bogaerts, who fired to first to complete a DP.


Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (11-3, 3.67 ERA) looks to continue his solid run in the series finale on Sunday. He's 8-0 with a 2.47 ERA in his last 10 starts.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (15-3, 3.40) hopes to continue his startling success this season in Fenway Park on Sunday. The righty is looking to become the first Red Sox pitcher since Dave ''Boo'' Ferriss in 1946 to win his first 12 decisions in a season at home. Ferriss went 13-0 at Fenway that year.

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Players of the Game

B. Holt
AB 4
R 3
H 1
HR 1

M. Bourn
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Jean Segura, 2B4000101.308.357.458
Michael Bourn, CF3121100.252.303.346
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B2100212.297.413.496
Jake Lamb, 3B2001210.272.350.563
Rickie Weeks, DH4011014.250.335.431
Yasmany Tomas, LF4000014.269.309.497
Chris Owings, SS3110114.278.323.409
Oscar Hernandez, C3010002.250.250.625
   a-Phil Gosselin, PH1000010.274.319.393
Socrates Brito, RF3000013.173.173.346
   b-Brandon Drury, PH1000000.255.301.414
Archie Bradley, P0000000.103.100.103
   Steve Hathaway, P0000000.000.000.000
   Randall Delgado, P0000000.000.000.000
   Daniel Hudson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Adam Loewen, P0000000.000.000.000
a-struck out for O. Hernandez in the 9th
b-flied out for Brito in the 9th
RBI - Michael Bourn (26), Jake Lamb (73), Rickie Weeks (20)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (11), Rickie Weeks (7)
SB - Michael Bourn (11, 3rd base off Buchholz/Leon), Paul Goldschmidt (17, 2nd base off Buchholz/Leon)
Team LOB - 7
E - Socrates Brito (2, Dropped fly)
Arizona Diamondbacks
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Archie Bradley 7-6, Adam Loewen 1-2
Batters Faced - Archie Bradley 26, Steve Hathaway 1, Randall Delgado 2, Daniel Hudson 3, Adam Loewen 3
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4021001.300.368.447
Xander Bogaerts, SS4000024.313.368.455
Mookie Betts, RF4011012.309.349.541
David Ortiz, DH3000110.310.403.617
Hanley Ramirez, 1B4000002.270.344.449
Travis Shaw, 3B3000000.254.317.447
   a-Aaron Hill, PH-3B1000000.273.346.398
Sandy Leon, C3221100.390.433.642
Brock Holt, LF4312001.251.323.389
Andrew Benintendi, CF3121010.379.419.448
Clay Buchholz, P0000000.000.000.000
   Robbie Ross Jr., P0000000.000.000.000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Barnes, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brad Ziegler, P0000000.000.000.000
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000.000.000.000
a-popped out for Shaw in the 8th
2B - Andrew Benintendi (2, Bradley)
HR - Sandy Leon (5, Bradley), Brock Holt (6, Bradley)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (51), Mookie Betts (76), Sandy Leon (21), Brock Holt 2 (29), Andrew Benintendi (5)
2-OUT RBI - Mookie Betts (33)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Shaw-Pedroia-H. Ramirez, Shaw-Pedroia-H. Ramirez-Pedroia-Bogaerts-H. Ramirez, Shaw-Pedroia-H. Ramirez-Pedroia-Bogaerts-H. Ramirez-Pedroia-Bogaerts-H. Ramirez
E - Travis Shaw (15, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz 4.1333310 5.66
Robbie Ross Jr. (W,2-2) 1100110 3.80
Junichi Tazawa (H,16) 0.2000000 3.89
Matt Barnes (H,10) 1100310 3.35
Brad Ziegler (H,2) 1000030 2.84
Craig Kimbrel (S,19) 1000010 3.41
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 71-43, Robbie Ross Jr. 27-15, Junichi Tazawa 14-9, Matt Barnes 26-11, Brad Ziegler 10-10, Craig Kimbrel 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 6-4, Robbie Ross Jr. 1-1, Junichi Tazawa 2-1, Matt Barnes 1-0, Craig Kimbrel 1-1
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 17, Robbie Ross Jr. 5, Junichi Tazawa 3, Matt Barnes 6, Brad Ziegler 3, Craig Kimbrel 3
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