Arizona at Detroit

W: T. Walker (5-3) L: J. Zimmermann (5-5) S: F. Rodney (18)
HR: ARI - None   DET - None

Walker returns from DL to lead Diamondbacks over Tigers 2-1


DETROIT (AP) Taijuan Walker felt fresh after nearly a month off, although it took a little while for him to settle into a groove.

''I don't know why I was so nervous,'' the Arizona right-hander said. ''First game back, maybe, but after the first inning, I felt a lot better, more comfortable.''

Walker pitched five sharp innings in his return from the disabled list, and the Diamondbacks won their fourth straight game, 2-1 over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Arizona scored two runs in the first inning, and that turned out to be all the Diamondbacks needed.

Walker (5-3) allowed a run and six hits in his first appearance since May 19 . He had been out because of a blister on his right index finger.

''I thought Taijuan was very good,'' manager Torey Lovullo said. ''First day back, it was all very encouraging. He got to the pitch count that we wanted him to get to, and gave us five really, really good innings, and the rest of the guys picked it up from there.''

Walker was lifted after 82 pitches, then Randall Delgado pitched three scoreless innings of relief. Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances.

Jordan Zimmermann (5-5) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings.

Arizona is 9-1 in interleague play this season. The lone defeat was at home May 10 against Detroit.

The Diamondbacks took the lead right away against Zimmermann. Gregor Blanco led off the game with a single to left that got past Justin Upton for an error. Blanco went all the way to third on the play and scored on David Peralta's sacrifice fly. Brandon Drury added an RBI single, but Upton redeemed himself by throwing Chris Owings out at the plate.

Detroit was hitless until the third, when Ian Kinsler managed a two-out double and scored on Alex Avila's single.

Walker struck out six and walked one, and Zimmermann was impressive as well. After Chris Hermann's single to start the second, Arizona didn't have another baserunner until the seventh.

''The first inning, I gave up four hits, I believe,'' Zimmermann said. ''A little blooper and three ground balls that got through the hole. Other than that, I felt like my stuff was the best it's been in a Tigers' uniform.''

It was the third straight quality start for Zimmermann and the first time this year he had gone more than six innings. He struck out six without a walk and lowered his ERA to 5.35.


Arizona (41-26) matched the franchise's best start through 67 games and remained a half-game out of first place in the NL West.

''We're winning one-run games on the road, and I think that's what teams do when they play into the end of the season and have meaningful games,'' Lovullo said. ''We're doing a lot of things right. I'm very pleased with that.''


The Tigers struck out 11 times in the game and drew only one walk.

''You feel like you can scrape out a couple runs, but we didn't tonight,'' Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. ''You feel like you wasted an outing, but there's not much we can do about it.''


Diamondbacks: After a one-out walk to Avila in the first, Walker committed an obvious balk when he began his motion to the plate but didn't release the ball. It looked awkward, but he was able to continue and there was no sign of an injury.

''My cleat got caught in the ground, and I just lost my footing,'' Walker said.


Diamondbacks: Arizona has Thursday off before starting a three-game series at Philadelphia. LHP Patrick Corbin (5-6) starts Friday night for the Diamondbacks against RHP Aaron Nola (3-4).

Tigers: Detroit begins a four-game series at home against Tampa Bay on Thursday night. RHP Justin Verlander (4-4) takes the mound for the Tigers against RHP Alex Cobb (5-5).


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Players of the Game

J. Zimmermann
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 0
K 6

T. Walker
IP 5.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 6

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MLB Thursday winners and losers (0:57)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Gregor Blanco, CF-LF4110000.265.371.373
David Peralta, DH3001010.314.362.471
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3110120.323.448.596
Jake Lamb, 3B4010012.279.374.558
Chris Owings, RF3010011.296.329.465
Brandon Drury, 2B3011001.297.342.502
Chris Herrmann, LF3010001.170.278.394
   Reymond Fuentes, CF0000000.226.250.306
Chris Iannetta, C3000021.235.306.531
Nick Ahmed, SS3000001.262.297.426
Taijuan Walker, P0000000.158.200.158
   Randall Delgado, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Chris Owings (16, Zimmermann)
SF - David Peralta (2)
RBI - David Peralta (19), Brandon Drury (29)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Drury (11)
Team LOB - 2
Arizona Diamondbacks
Taijuan Walker (W,5-3) 5611160 3.32
Randall Delgado (H,2) 3100020 3.44
Fernando Rodney (S,18) 1000030 5.11
Pitches-Strikes - Taijuan Walker 82-56, Randall Delgado 35-26, Fernando Rodney 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Taijuan Walker 5-4, Randall Delgado 3-4
Batters Faced - Taijuan Walker 22, Randall Delgado 10, Fernando Rodney 3
Detroit Tigers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4110001.250.336.370
Alex Avila, C3011101.311.432.607
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4020012.277.377.426
Victor Martinez, DH4000004.257.335.374
   Mikie Mahtook, PR-DH0000000.241.277.443
J.D. Martinez, RF4010021.301.388.699
Justin Upton, LF4010020.265.351.502
Nicholas Castellanos, 3B4000031.230.303.410
Andrew Romine, CF4000032.234.311.352
Jose Iglesias, SS3010000.268.298.384
Jordan Zimmermann, P0000000.000.000.000
   Shane Greene, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Ian Kinsler (9, Walker), Miguel Cabrera (13, Walker)
RBI - Alex Avila (26)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Avila (11)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Justin Upton 1
DP - Kinsler-Iglesias-Cabrera, Kinsler-Iglesias-Cabrera-Iglesias-Kinsler-Cabrera
E - Justin Upton (4, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Jordan Zimmermann (L,5-5) 8622060 5.35
Shane Greene 1000110 1.76
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 108-73, Shane Greene 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 7-9, Shane Greene 1-0
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 28, Shane Greene 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26134
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Tom Woodring, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jerry Layne