Dyson's pinch-hit HR in 9th rallies D-backs past Rangers 5-4

PHOENIX (AP) Jarrod Dyson hit two home runs during a 2018 season shortened by a groin injury. The speedy outfielder already has two in 11 games this year, and his latest one was a game-winner.

Dyson connected for a pinch-hit, two-run shot with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Batting for John Ryan Murphy with Eduardo Escobar on second base, Dyson ripped a 2-2 pitch from Rangers closer Jose Leclerc into the seats in right field. Arizona rallied from a 4-0 deficit after two innings for its third win in four games, with the 34-year-old Dyson hitting the first game-ending homer of his career.

''That is a tough guy there to try and put together a good at-bat with,'' Dyson said of Leclerc. ''I just tried to pick a good pitch over the middle of the plate and try to do a little damage with it, and I ended up getting a pitch I can handle and I got lucky.''

Matt Andriese (2-0) pitched two innings of scoreless ball in relief of starter Zack Greinke. Murphy and Nick Ahmed hit solo home runs for Arizona.

With the Diamondbacks down 4-2 in the ninth, Christian Walker led off with a single against Leclerc (1-1), who blew a save chance for the first time this season. Escobar doubled in Walker and Ahmed struck out before Dyson went deep.

''I think my fastball was good, my changeup was there,'' said Leclerc, who entered with a scoreless streak of 25 2/3 innings. ''Everything was good. They just hit whatever I threw and that was it.''

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said his team never quit.

''Exciting and well-deserved, because I felt like these guys were fighting the whole entire day,'' Lovullo said. ''We couldn't really get anything going but we never shut down. You score three runs off a closer like Leclerc, you should feel pretty good.''

The loss ruined a strong effort from Texas starter Mike Minor, who struck out five in seven innings of five-hit ball. Elvis Andrus had two hits and drove in two runs to lead the Rangers, who have lost four straight.

''He used all his pitches effectively and worked both sides of the plate,'' Texas manager Chris Woodward said of Minor. ''When he's got his changeup going like that it makes it a lot easier for the rest of his pitches to work.''

Texas scored twice in both the first and second innings, with Andrus' double and Nomar Mazara's groundout making it 2-0 and run-scoring singles from Rougned Odor and Andrus building a 4-0 lead in the second.

''I made some better pitches after that, but they were maybe a little up in the zone the first inning and maybe the first inning and a half,'' Greinke said.

The right-hander settled down and retired 14 Rangers in a row from the second through the seventh before Shin-Shoo Choo's second double of the game with one out in the seventh. Greinke allowed three earned runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The Diamondbacks made it 4-1 in the third with Murphy's home run, a solo shot yanked down the left field line. Ahmed went deep to left-center in the seventh off Minor.

Greinke's strikeout of Choo in the fourth was the 2,453rd of his career, tying him with Sam McDowell for 41st on the career list. Greinke later surpassed that total.

TURF'S UP

Rangers executives attended Tuesday's series opener to get a firsthand look at the synthetic grass surface that was installed at Chase Field before the season. It will be the same playing surface used at the new Globe Life Field, the Rangers' future home which is currently under construction.

CITIZEN CABRERA

Rangers third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera did not play after cross-country travel Monday from Miami, where he was sworn in as a U.S. citizen. Cabrera is 16 for 37 (.432) in his career against Greinke.

RING IT IN

Diamondbacks bullpen catcher Dan Butler, who played in two games for the Boston Red Sox last season, will receive his World Series ring at a later date because he could not attend the team's championship banner ceremony Tuesday at Fenway Park.

ROSTER MOVE

Arizona sent RHP Jon Duplantier to Triple-A Reno after the game and will announce a corresponding move on Wednesday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (elbow) threw a bullpen, with no indication on when his next rehab outing will be. ... LHP T.J. McFarland is scheduled to pitch one inning of an extending spring game Wednesday, Lovullo said.

UP NEXT

Texas sends RHP Lance Lynn (0-1, 6.39 ERA) to the mound for his third start of the season. Lynn is 5-0 against Arizona, with three wins at Chase Field. LHP Robbie Ray (0-1, 4.35) is scheduled for the Diamondbacks.

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  • W: M. Andriese (2-0)L: J. Leclerc (1-1)
  • HR: ARI - J. Dyson (2), J. Murphy (2), N. Ahmed (1)
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  • a-singled for Martin in the 9th
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W. Flores 2B40100001.222.276.296.5721.0
D. Peralta LF40000012.380.380.600.980-0.5
C. Walker 1B41100011.273.314.636.9511.5
E. Escobar 3B41210011.205.239.295.5355.5
N. Ahmed SS41211012.326.340.512.8526.5
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M. Andriese P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-homered for Murphy in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Hirano in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Choo 2 (5), E. Andrus (2)
  • SH - M. Minor
  • RBI - E. Andrus 2 (7), N. Mazara (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Andrus (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, E. Andrus, J. Gallo 3 (3), L. Forsythe
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Escobar 2 (4)
  • HR - N. Ahmed, J. Murphy (2), J. Dyson (2)
  • RBI - E. Escobar (3), N. Ahmed (7), J. Murphy (2), J. Dyson 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Marte 2 (2), D. Peralta, E. Escobar, N. Ahmed
FIELDING
  • DP - (Wisdom-Odor-Forsythe)
  • E - S. Choo
FIELDING
  • E - W. Flores
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Minor7.05222523.861.1317.5
C. Martin (H, 2)1.01000104.501.752.5
J. Leclerc (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.13330115.791.07-10.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Minor7.0
C. Martin (H, 2)1.0
J. Leclerc (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke6.27431907.161.4114.5
Y. Hirano0.10000008.103.000.0
M. Andriese (W, 2-0)2.01000202.841.1113.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke6.2
Y. Hirano0.1
M. Andriese (W, 2-0)2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 99-62, C. Martin 11-8, J. Leclerc 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 6-9, C. Martin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Minor 27, C. Martin 4, J. Leclerc 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 102-67, Y. Hirano 2-1, M. Andriese 29-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 8-4, Y. Hirano 1-0, M. Andriese 3-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 29, Y. Hirano, M. Andriese 7
  • Balks - M. Andriese
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Odor 2B31100111.171.261.220.4802.5
E. Andrus SS40220001.378.391.489.8805.0
N. Mazara RF40010013.229.325.457.7820.5
J. Gallo CF-LF40000014.219.405.6251.030-0.5
L. Forsythe 1B40000001.222.333.333.6670.0
P. Wisdom 3B41100030.250.250.250.5000.5
J. Mathis C41100010.150.190.300.4901.5
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  • a-singled for Martin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Jones RF30100101.362.388.7021.0902.0
K. Marte CF40000013.255.250.511.761-0.5
W. Flores 2B40100001.222.276.296.5721.0
D. Peralta LF40000012.380.380.600.980-0.5
C. Walker 1B41100011.273.314.636.9511.5
E. Escobar 3B41210011.205.239.295.5355.5
N. Ahmed SS41211012.326.340.512.8526.5
J. Murphy C31111011.214.313.643.9555.5
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Z. Greinke P10000101.333.4291.3331.7621.0
Y. Hirano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-homered for Murphy in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Hirano in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Choo 2 (5), E. Andrus (2)
  • SH - M. Minor
  • RBI - E. Andrus 2 (7), N. Mazara (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Andrus (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, E. Andrus, J. Gallo 3 (3), L. Forsythe
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Escobar 2 (4)
  • HR - N. Ahmed, J. Murphy (2), J. Dyson (2)
  • RBI - E. Escobar (3), N. Ahmed (7), J. Murphy (2), J. Dyson 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Marte 2 (2), D. Peralta, E. Escobar, N. Ahmed
FIELDING
  • DP - (Wisdom-Odor-Forsythe)
  • E - S. Choo
FIELDING
  • E - W. Flores
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Minor7.05222523.861.1317.5
C. Martin (H, 2)1.01000104.501.752.5
J. Leclerc (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.13330115.791.07-10.5
Total8.1955273---
PITCHERSIP
M. Minor7.0
C. Martin (H, 2)1.0
J. Leclerc (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.1
Total8.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke6.27431907.161.4114.5
Y. Hirano0.10000008.103.000.0
M. Andriese (W, 2-0)2.01000202.841.1113.0
Total9.08431110---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke6.2
Y. Hirano0.1
M. Andriese (W, 2-0)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 99-62, C. Martin 11-8, J. Leclerc 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 6-9, C. Martin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Minor 27, C. Martin 4, J. Leclerc 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 102-67, Y. Hirano 2-1, M. Andriese 29-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 8-4, Y. Hirano 1-0, M. Andriese 3-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 29, Y. Hirano, M. Andriese 7
  • Balks - M. Andriese
  • 9TH INNING
    Dyson homered to right, Escobar scored45
    Escobar doubled to deep right center, Walker scored43
  • 7TH INNING
    Ahmed homered to left center42
  • 3RD INNING
    Murphy homered to left41
  • 2ND INNING
    Mazara reached on fielder's choice to second, Mathis scored, Odor to third, Andrus to second on 2nd baseman Flores fielding error40
    Andrus singled to center, Wisdom scored, Mathis to third, Odor to second30
  • 1ST INNING
    Mazara grounded out to second, Odor scored, Andrus to third20
    Andrus doubled to deep right, Choo scored, Odor to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • M. Andriese Pitching:
    • P. Wisdom: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Wisdom struck out looking
    • J. Mathis: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
    • Hunter Pence hit for Chris Martin
    • H. Pence: Ball, Pence singled to right center
    • S. Choo: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pence to second on balk, Strike looking, Ball, Choo flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jose Leclerc pitching
    • Delino DeShields in center field
    • C. Walker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Walker singled to left
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar doubled to deep right center, Walker scored
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Ahmed struck out on foul tip
    • Jarrod Dyson hit for John Ryan Murphy
    • J. Dyson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dyson homered to right, Escobar scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • Matt Andriese pitching
    • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gallo grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Forsythe grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Martin relieved Mike Minor
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones singled to center
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • W. Flores: Flores lined out to right
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Peralta grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • M. Minor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Minor struck out looking
    • S. Choo: Ball, Choo doubled to deep center
    • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
    • Yoshihisa Hirano relieved Zack Greinke
    • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar flied out to left
    • N. Ahmed: Ahmed homered to left center
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • Tim Locastro hit for Yoshihisa Hirano
    • T. Locastro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Locastro struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • L. Forsythe: Forsythe flied out to deep right
    • P. Wisdom: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wisdom struck out swinging
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Ball, Mathis lined out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Flores flied out to deep left
    • D. Peralta: Peralta grounded out to first
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • E. Andrus: Andrus grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gallo lined out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ahmed singled to deep left, Ahmed to second on Choo fielding error
    • J. Murphy: Ball, Murphy lined out to left
    • Z. Greinke: Strike swinging, Greinke grounded out to shortstop, Ahmed to third
    • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jones walked
    • K. Marte: Ball, Foul, Marte grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Jones out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • M. Minor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Minor struck out swinging
    • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
    • R. Odor: Ball, Odor grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Flores singled to right
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Peralta reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Flores out at second
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Walker flied out to right
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Forsythe grounded out to pitcher
    • P. Wisdom: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wisdom struck out swinging
    • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Mathis flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • J. Murphy: Murphy homered to left
    • Z. Greinke: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Greinke walked
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jones grounded out to second, Greinke out at second
    • K. Marte: Strike swinging, Marte flied out to deep left
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • P. Wisdom: Ball, Ball, Foul, Wisdom singled to left
    • J. Mathis: Mathis singled to center, Wisdom to second
    • M. Minor: Ball, Strike looking, Minor hit sacrifice bunt to first, Wisdom to third, Mathis to second
    • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
    • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Odor walked
    • E. Andrus: Andrus singled to center, Wisdom scored, Mathis to third, Odor to second
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara reached on fielder's choice to second, Mathis scored, Odor to third, Andrus to second on 2nd baseman Flores fielding error
    • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Gallo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Peralta struck out on foul tip
    • C. Walker: Ball, Strike swinging, Walker flied out to center
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar doubled to deep left
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ahmed flied out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choo doubled to deep left
    • R. Odor: Odor reached on bunt single to first, Choo to third
    • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Andrus doubled to deep right, Choo scored, Odor to third
    • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara grounded out to second, Odor scored, Andrus to third
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte flied out to deep center
    • W. Flores: Ball, Flores flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)