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.

IMPRESSIVE PACE

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.''

WHIFFS

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.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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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  • W: T. Walker (5-3)L: J. Zimmermann (5-5)S: F. Rodney (18)
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G. Blanco LF41100000.265.371.373.7452.0
D. Peralta DH30010010.314.362.471.8340.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B31100120.323.448.5961.0442.0
J. Lamb 3B40100012.279.374.558.9320.5
C. Owings RF30100011.296.329.465.7941.5
B. Drury 2B30110001.297.342.502.8452.0
C. Herrmann LF30100001.170.278.394.6711.0
R. Fuentes CF0000-000.226.250.306.000-
C. Iannetta C30000021.235.306.531.836-1.0
N. Ahmed SS30000001.262.297.426.7230.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B41100001.250.336.370.7063.0
    A. Avila C30110101.311.432.6071.0393.0
    M. Cabrera 1B40200012.277.377.426.8032.5
    V. Martinez DH40000004.257.335.374.7090.0
    M. Mahtook PR-DH0000-000.241.277.443.000-
    J. Martinez RF40100021.301.388.6991.0870.0
    J. Upton LF40100020.260.347.498.8440.0
    N. Castellanos 3B40000032.230.303.410.712-1.5
    A. Romine CF40000032.241.317.359.675-1.5
    J. Iglesias SS30100000.268.298.384.6821.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Owings (16)
      • SF - D. Peralta (2)
      • RBI - D. Peralta (19), B. Drury (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Drury (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - I. Kinsler (9), M. Cabrera (13)
      • RBI - A. Avila (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Avila (11)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Upton (6)
      • DP - I. Kinsler, M. Cabrera, J. Iglesias
      • E - J. Upton (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Walker (W, 5-3)5.06111603.321.3017.0
      R. Delgado (H, 2)3.01000203.441.159.0
      F. Rodney (S, 18)1.00000305.111.2611.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Walker (W, 5-3)5.0
      R. Delgado (H, 2)3.0
      F. Rodney (S, 18)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (L, 5-5)8.06220605.351.4817.0
      S. Greene1.00001101.761.082.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann (L, 5-5)8.0
      S. Greene1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Walker 82-56, R. Delgado 35-26, F. Rodney 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Walker 5-4, R. Delgado 3-4
      • Batters Faced - T. Walker 22, R. Delgado 10, F. Rodney 3
      • Balks - T. Walker
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 108-73, S. Greene 18-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 7-9, S. Greene 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 28, S. Greene 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TigersDET30-34
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      G. Blanco LF41100000.265.371.373.7452.0
      D. Peralta DH30010010.314.362.471.8340.5
      P. Goldschmidt 1B31100120.323.448.5961.0442.0
      J. Lamb 3B40100012.279.374.558.9320.5
      C. Owings RF30100011.296.329.465.7941.5
      B. Drury 2B30110001.297.342.502.8452.0
      C. Herrmann LF30100001.170.278.394.6711.0
      R. Fuentes CF0000-000.226.250.306.000-
      C. Iannetta C30000021.235.306.531.836-1.0
      N. Ahmed SS30000001.262.297.426.7230.0
      Total292620177-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        I. Kinsler 2B41100001.250.336.370.7063.0
        A. Avila C30110101.311.432.6071.0393.0
        M. Cabrera 1B40200012.277.377.426.8032.5
        V. Martinez DH40000004.257.335.374.7090.0
        M. Mahtook PR-DH0000-000.241.277.443.000-
        J. Martinez RF40100021.301.388.6991.0870.0
        J. Upton LF40100020.260.347.498.8440.0
        N. Castellanos 3B40000032.230.303.410.712-1.5
        A. Romine CF40000032.241.317.359.675-1.5
        J. Iglesias SS30100000.268.298.384.6821.0
        Total34171011113-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Owings (16)
          • SF - D. Peralta (2)
          • RBI - D. Peralta (19), B. Drury (29)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Drury (11)
          BATTING
          • 2B - I. Kinsler (9), M. Cabrera (13)
          • RBI - A. Avila (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Avila (11)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Upton (6)
          • DP - I. Kinsler, M. Cabrera, J. Iglesias
          • E - J. Upton (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Walker (W, 5-3)5.06111603.321.3017.0
          R. Delgado (H, 2)3.01000203.441.159.0
          F. Rodney (S, 18)1.00000305.111.2611.5
          Total9.07111110---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Walker (W, 5-3)5.0
          R. Delgado (H, 2)3.0
          F. Rodney (S, 18)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Zimmermann (L, 5-5)8.06220605.351.4817.0
          S. Greene1.00001101.761.082.5
          Total9.0622170---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Zimmermann (L, 5-5)8.0
          S. Greene1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Walker 82-56, R. Delgado 35-26, F. Rodney 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Walker 5-4, R. Delgado 3-4
          • Batters Faced - T. Walker 22, R. Delgado 10, F. Rodney 3
          • Balks - T. Walker
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 108-73, S. Greene 18-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 7-9, S. Greene 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 28, S. Greene 3
          • 3RD INNING
            Avila singled to center, Kinsler scored21
          • 1ST INNING
            Drury singled to shallow left, Goldschmidt scored, Owings out at home20
            Peralta hit sacrifice fly to left, Blanco scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shane Greene relieved Jordan Zimmermann
            • Mikie Mahtook at designated hitter
            • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
            • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
            • J. Lamb: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lamb grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Goldschmidt out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Randall Delgado
            • J. Upton: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
            • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • C. Iannetta: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Iannetta struck out looking
            • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ahmed popped out to shortstop
            • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Blanco grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Reymond Fuentes in center
            • A. Avila: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Avila flied out to deep left
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to left
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to third, Cabrera out at second
            • Mikie Mahtook ran for Victor Martinez
            • J. Martinez: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • J. Lamb: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lamb singled to left
            • C. Owings: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Owings fouled out to first
            • B. Drury: Drury lined out to center
            • C. Herrmann: Strike looking, Herrmann grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Delgado Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Ball, Romine grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias grounded out to first
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Kinsler flied out to deep right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Blanco popped out to shortstop
            • D. Peralta: Foul, Ball, Foul, Peralta grounded out to third
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Randall Delgado relieved Taijuan Walker
            • J. Martinez: Martinez flied out to deep right
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Upton lined out to right
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • C. Herrmann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrmann grounded out to first
            • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
            • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Foul, Ahmed flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Walker Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Iglesias singled to shallow center
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Kinsler flied out to left
            • A. Avila: Ball, Avila reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Iglesias out at second
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep right center, Avila to third
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez flied out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • J. Lamb: Lamb lined out to first
            • C. Owings: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Drury grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Walker Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
            • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to left
            • J. Upton: Upton singled to right center, Martinez to second
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos flied out to left, Martinez to third
            • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blanco flied out to shallow left
            • D. Peralta: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Peralta grounded out to shortstop
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Walker Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to first
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kinsler doubled to left
            • A. Avila: Avila singled to center, Kinsler scored
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • C. Herrmann: Ball, Strike swinging, Herrmann singled to right center
            • C. Iannetta: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Iannetta lined out to left
            • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ahmed grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Herrmann out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Walker Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Blanco singled to left, Blanco to third on left fielder Upton fielding error
            • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Peralta hit sacrifice fly to left, Blanco scored
            • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt singled to shallow left
            • J. Lamb: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Lamb struck out looking
            • C. Owings: Foul, Owings doubled to left, Goldschmidt to third
            • B. Drury: Drury singled to shallow left, Goldschmidt scored, Owings out at home
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
            • T. Walker Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kinsler flied out to left
            • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Avila walked
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Avila to second on balk, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)