Ray sharp in return as Diamondbacks beat Marlins 2-1

MIAMI (AP) Robbie Ray looked like he was in All-Star form while making his first start in nearly two months.

Ray returned from the disabled list and pitched six scoreless innings to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Wednesday night.

''That was about as good as it could have been,'' Ray said.

Ray (3-0) allowed two hits and issued two walks.

''I know there was one inning where his pitch count climbed, but aside from that I know it was vintage Robbie Ray,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

Ray struck out six while throwing 56 of his 83 pitches for strikes in his first game since April 29. Ray had been on the disabled list with a strained right oblique.

''He turns into a different animal the day that he is starting and I saw it throughout his entire outing so it's good to have him back,'' Lovullo said.

Ray has won a career-long nine consecutive decisions over his last 15 starts since Aug. 24, 2017.

Daniel Descalso homered and Deven Marrero knocked in a run for the Diamondbacks, who have won six of seven.

Brad Boxberger allowed Starlin Castro's leadoff homer in the ninth and walked the ensuing batter before retiring the next three for his 19th save in 23 chances.

Wei-Yin Chen (2-5) allowed one run and five hits in six innings for the Marlins.

''I pitched well, but the pitcher on the other side pitched better than me,'' Chen said through a translator. ''He was successful in putting down our offense.''

Miami was held to just three hits.

The Marlins threatened in the fourth when Ray issued walks to the first two batters, but he calmly retired the next three, including the final two on strikeouts.

''I'm pretty tough on myself so I just took a step off the mound and told myself that, `You're better than this, you shouldn't be walking these guys, make them put it in play like you have been, get back in the zone, and get your outs,''' Ray said. ''And I was able to get my focus back and get out of it.''

Ketel Marte doubled to lead off the fifth and scored on Marrero's base hit.

Descalso hit a pinch-hit home run to lead off the eighth off Adam Conley in a battle of lefties. It was his sixth career pinch-hit homer and his ninth home run of the season.

''I don't care if it's righty, lefty, my job is to go up there and get a hit,'' Descalso said. ''I feel like I've always had a pretty good approach against lefties. Conley is a tough lefty, his numbers are really good, but he fell behind there 2-0 and I was looking for something over the middle and he left a fastball that I could handle pretty easily.''

Castro's homer was his fifth of the season and second in as many days.

''He always gets his hits,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''We saw a little bit of power the last two nights. Hopefully, he can keep riding that.''

HIRANO TIES CLUB RECORD

Arizona's Yoshihisa Hirano pitched one inning of relief and extended his scoreless game streak to 24, tying a club record set by J.J. Putz in 2012 and Brandon Lyon in 2008.

ANDERSON EXTENDS STREAK

Marlins rookie Brian Anderson walked in the fourth to extend his career-best, on-base streak to 24 games. That's the longest active streak in the National League.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: C Alex Avila (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 24. ''He's felt it for a while, but it was the game in Pittsburgh where it really jumped up on him and it became uncomfortable,'' Lovullo said. ... OF Steven Souza (pectoral) is 3 for 9 with a double and an RBI in two rehab assignment games with Single-A Visalia.

Marlins: C J.T. Realmuto (wrist) missed his third consecutive game. ''He took some swings, still a little sore,'' Mattingly said. ''I talked to him before that if he's feeling anything in there at all, I don't want him swinging. That's the one thing with hands and hitters, you start changing things and the next thing you know we're going to be in an 0-for-20 (slump) or something, so we need to make sure he's feeling like he can be himself. He was feeling it still at the finish of his swing. Better today than yesterday, but still not where we're willing to take a chance.''

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (7-5, 3.66 ERA) will start the fourth and final game of the series on Thursday. Greinke is 5-0 with a 1.77 ERA in five starts at Marlins Park.

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (2-4, 4.91) is coming off a win at Colorado in which he tossed six innings and allowed one run with eight strikeouts.

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  • W: R. Ray (3-0)L: W. Chen (2-5)S: B. Boxberger (19)
  • HR: ARI - D. Descalso (9), MIA - S. Castro (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Jay RF40000011.298.365.378.743-0.5
N. Ahmed SS40100000.213.274.402.6761.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B30000111.261.373.519.8920.5
J. Murphy C40100001.252.299.512.8111.0
D. Peralta LF30000113.281.346.509.8550.5
K. Marte 2B41100011.237.292.406.6992.5
C. Owings CF40100011.190.262.290.5520.5
D. Marrero 3B30110000.167.224.205.4292.0
R. Ray P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
Y. Hirano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Descalso PH11111000.263.360.505.8656.0
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Boxberger P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-homered for Hirano in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Castro 2B31211100.274.323.389.7118.0
B. Anderson RF20000201.297.374.416.7902.0
C. Maybin LF30000003.222.297.294.5910.0
a- J. Bour PH10000011.239.369.432.802-0.5
L. Brinson CF40000023.175.220.325.545-1.0
D. Dietrich 1B40000033.298.349.484.833-1.5
M. Rojas SS30000000.248.308.353.6620.0
Y. Rivera 3B30100010.203.340.228.5680.5
B. Holaday C30000001.163.221.213.4330.0
W. Chen P10000010.118.118.118.235-0.5
b- J. Shuck PH10000010.195.258.237.495-0.5
B. Ziegler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Riddle PH10000010.228.260.391.652-0.5
T. Guerrero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Maybin in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Chen in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Steckenrider in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Marte (13)
  • HR - D. Descalso (9)
  • RBI - D. Marrero (7), D. Descalso (41)
BATTING
  • HR - S. Castro (5)
  • RBI - S. Castro (30)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Marrero-Marte-Goldschmidt)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - L. Brinson
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (W, 3-0)6.02002604.011.3727.0
Y. Hirano (H, 18)1.00000101.250.973.5
A. Bradley (H, 21)1.00000202.080.954.0
B. Boxberger (S, 19)1.01111113.681.337.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (W, 3-0)6.0
Y. Hirano (H, 18)1.0
A. Bradley (H, 21)1.0
B. Boxberger (S, 19)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 2-5)6.05111506.141.6211.5
B. Ziegler1.00000105.261.413.5
A. Conley0.21110011.650.86-2.0
D. Steckenrider0.10000003.381.180.0
T. Guerrero1.00001104.621.572.5
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Boxberger (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 83-56, Y. Hirano 12-8, A. Bradley 14-12, B. Boxberger 23-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 4-7, Y. Hirano 2-0, A. Bradley 1-0, B. Boxberger 1-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 21, Y. Hirano 3, A. Bradley 3, B. Boxberger 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 88-60, B. Ziegler 11-8, A. Conley 12-7, D. Steckenrider 5-3, T. Guerrero 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 6-6, B. Ziegler 2-0, A. Conley 1-1, T. Guerrero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 23, B. Ziegler 3, A. Conley 3, D. Steckenrider, T. Guerrero 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Jay RF40000011.298.365.378.743-0.5
N. Ahmed SS40100000.213.274.402.6761.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B30000111.261.373.519.8920.5
J. Murphy C40100001.252.299.512.8111.0
D. Peralta LF30000113.281.346.509.8550.5
K. Marte 2B41100011.237.292.406.6992.5
C. Owings CF40100011.190.262.290.5520.5
D. Marrero 3B30110000.167.224.205.4292.0
R. Ray P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
Y. Hirano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Descalso PH11111000.263.360.505.8656.0
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Boxberger P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-homered for Hirano in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Castro 2B31211100.274.323.389.7118.0
B. Anderson RF20000201.297.374.416.7902.0
C. Maybin LF30000003.222.297.294.5910.0
a- J. Bour PH10000011.239.369.432.802-0.5
L. Brinson CF40000023.175.220.325.545-1.0
D. Dietrich 1B40000033.298.349.484.833-1.5
M. Rojas SS30000000.248.308.353.6620.0
Y. Rivera 3B30100010.203.340.228.5680.5
B. Holaday C30000001.163.221.213.4330.0
W. Chen P10000010.118.118.118.235-0.5
b- J. Shuck PH10000010.195.258.237.495-0.5
B. Ziegler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Riddle PH10000010.228.260.391.652-0.5
T. Guerrero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Maybin in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Chen in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Steckenrider in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Marte (13)
  • HR - D. Descalso (9)
  • RBI - D. Marrero (7), D. Descalso (41)
BATTING
  • HR - S. Castro (5)
  • RBI - S. Castro (30)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Marrero-Marte-Goldschmidt)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - L. Brinson
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (W, 3-0)6.02002604.011.3727.0
Y. Hirano (H, 18)1.00000101.250.973.5
A. Bradley (H, 21)1.00000202.080.954.0
B. Boxberger (S, 19)1.01111113.681.337.5
Total9.03113101---
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (W, 3-0)6.0
Y. Hirano (H, 18)1.0
A. Bradley (H, 21)1.0
B. Boxberger (S, 19)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 2-5)6.05111506.141.6211.5
B. Ziegler1.00000105.261.413.5
A. Conley0.21110011.650.86-2.0
D. Steckenrider0.10000003.381.180.0
T. Guerrero1.00001104.621.572.5
Total9.0622271---
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 2-5)6.0
B. Ziegler1.0
A. Conley0.2
D. Steckenrider0.1
T. Guerrero1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Boxberger (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 83-56, Y. Hirano 12-8, A. Bradley 14-12, B. Boxberger 23-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 4-7, Y. Hirano 2-0, A. Bradley 1-0, B. Boxberger 1-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 21, Y. Hirano 3, A. Bradley 3, B. Boxberger 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 88-60, B. Ziegler 11-8, A. Conley 12-7, D. Steckenrider 5-3, T. Guerrero 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 6-6, B. Ziegler 2-0, A. Conley 1-1, T. Guerrero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 23, B. Ziegler 3, A. Conley 3, D. Steckenrider, T. Guerrero 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Castro homered to left center21
  • 8TH INNING
    Descalso homered to right20
  • 5TH INNING
    Marrero singled to center, Marte scored, Owings out at home, Marrero to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tayron Guerrero pitching
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Murphy grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Peralta walked
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte popped out to second
    • C. Owings: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Boxberger relieved Archie Bradley
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro homered to left center
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Anderson walked
    • Justin Bour hit for Cameron Maybin
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bour struck out looking
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Ball, Anderson to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Foul, Brinson grounded out to third
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Dietrich flied out to right
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adam Conley relieved Brad Ziegler
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Yoshihisa Hirano
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Descalso homered to right
    • J. Jay: Jay grounded out to first
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ahmed popped out to second
    • Drew Steckenrider relieved Adam Conley
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Archie Bradley pitching
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Holaday grounded out to third
    • JT Riddle hit for Drew Steckenrider
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brad Ziegler pitching
    • K. Marte: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • C. Owings: Strike looking, Owings grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Marrero: Marrero grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yoshihisa Hirano relieved Robbie Ray
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Brinson grounded out to second
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Ball, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Ball, Ahmed singled to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt popped out to shortstop
    • J. Murphy: Murphy flied out to deep left
    • D. Peralta: Peralta grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Wei-Yin Chen
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Shuck struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Castro singled to shallow center
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Anderson flied out to deep right
    • C. Maybin: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Maybin flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Marte doubled to center
    • C. Owings: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings singled to center, Marte to third, Owings to second
    • D. Marrero: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marrero singled to center, Marte scored, Owings out at home, Marrero to second
    • R. Ray: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ray struck out swinging
    • J. Jay: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Rojas fouled out to first
    • Y. Rivera: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Rivera lined out to shortstop
    • B. Holaday: Foul, Holaday grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Jay grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ahmed grounded out to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Murphy reached on an infield single to shortstop, Goldschmidt to second
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Peralta grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked, Castro to second
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maybin grounded out to shortstop, Castro to third, Anderson to second
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dietrich struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • C. Owings: Ball, Owings flied out to deep right
    • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Ball, Marrero flied out to right
    • R. Ray: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ray struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Foul, Rivera singled to shallow left
    • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Holaday grounded into double play third to second to first, Rivera out at second
    • W. Chen: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Chen struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Murphy popped out to shortstop
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Marte lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Brinson struck out looking
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Rojas flied out to deep right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jay grounded out to second
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ahmed grounded out to first
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Anderson lined out to right
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maybin fouled out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)