Escobar, Walker go deep, Diamondbacks roll past Pirates 9-3

PHOENIX (AP) After a three-game losing streak in which the Arizona Diamondbacks came up empty too often with opportunities to drive in more runs, hitting coach Darnell Coles changed things up in batting practice on Monday.

The emphasis on situational hitting worked hours later.

Eduardo Escobar homered, tripled and drove in three runs, Christian Walker also went deep and the Diamondbacks cruised to a 9-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

''It was more the things we worked on in spring training, kind of getting back to the basics of just getting a good pitch to hit, understanding what to do when you get a guy on second (base) with less than two outs,'' Coles said. ''Trying to get something, or at least staying disciplined enough to get a pitch that you can do whatever job needs to be done.''

Robbie Ray (3-1) overcame a rocky first inning to allow one earned run and six hits over five innings. He recorded his 800th career strikeout when he fanned Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham to end the top of the fourth inning.

Ray reached 800 strikeouts in 125 career games, the second fastest for a left-handed pitcher in terms of appearances to reach the milestone. He did it in the third-fewest innings pitched - 664 - according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

''Anytime you hit those milestones it means you're doing a lot right,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''He's done that a long time, that's what it tells me.''

David Peralta had two hits, including his National League-leading 16th double, and drove in two runs. Alex Avila reached base four times and drove in a run.

''When we got a guy in scoring position, we did our job,'' Peralta said. ''It's always good to try something different. It worked really well today.''

The Diamondbacks have a nine-game regular-season win streak against the Pirates and are 13-1 in the last 14 meetings.

Arizona rallied from a 2-0 deficit against Kingham (1-1). In his second start after opening the season in the bullpen, Kingham gave up seven runs and 10 hits in four innings.

''They put some good bat on the ball, laid off some really tough pitches, made me work. It's a tough lineup to face,'' Kingham said. ''I feel that everything they were swinging at they were touching pretty good. One of those nights where it doesn't go my way.''

The Diamondbacks' three-run second inning featured Escobar's two-run triple. He homered to right field in his next at-bat in the fourth.

Arizona scored in each of the first five innings, including on a balk by Pirates reliever Michael Feliz in the fifth.

Josh Bell, Bryan Reynolds and Melky Cabrera drove in a run each for the Pirates, whose three-game winning streak was stopped. Bell extended his hitting streak to a career high 13 games.

Walker's eighth home run of the season led off the bottom of the seventh, his first since April 22, also against Pittsburgh. All of his home runs this season have come in the seventh inning or later.

TUCKER COMES HOME

Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker started in his first major-league game in his hometown for the 22-year-old Phoenix native. Despite going 0 for 3 and striking out twice, he drew loud cheers from many in the crowd of 15,418, which was the smallest of the season to date at Chase Field.

SHERFY RETURNS

The Diamondbacks called up RHP Jimmy Sherfy from Triple-A Reno before Monday's game, after Jon Duplantier was sent down one day earlier.

It's Sherfy's second call-up to the majors this season, and he's appeared in parts of three seasons for the Diamondbacks. He entered Monday's game in the seventh and loaded the bases on threes straight singles, then struck out the next three Pirates to escape unscathed.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: INF Jung Ho Kang was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left side strain, and the Pirates called up former Diamondbacks utility man Jake Elmore from Triple-A Indianapolis. ... RHP Jameson Taillon (flexor strain) was transferred from the 10- to the 60-day injured list.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (1-4, 4.20 ERA) seeks to rebound after allowing 13 earned runs in his last two starts. He had given up a total of six in the five starts before that.

Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (3-1, 2.98 ERA) has allowed one run or fewer in four of his last five starts, and has a win over the Pirates earlier this season.

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  • W: R. Ray (3-1)L: N. Kingham (1-1)
  • HR: ARI - E. Escobar (8), C. Walker (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B51200000.259.318.367.6853.0
S. Marte CF51300013.252.286.417.7035.5
M. Cabrera RF51210016.327.367.469.8364.5
J. Bell 1B40210123.324.395.6551.0503.0
B. Reynolds LF50210027.305.339.458.7962.0
F. Cervelli C50000035.184.276.243.519-1.5
K. Newman 3B-SS40100012.333.368.444.8130.5
C. Tucker SS30000020.177.227.274.501-1.0
C. Holmes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Moran PH10000011.238.323.393.716-0.5
M. DuRapau P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Kingham P10000110.000.250.000.2500.5
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Elmore 3B20100001.500.500.5001.0001.0
  • a-struck out for Holmes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Dyson CF-RF52200013.281.381.416.7977.5
E. Escobar 3B52331001.288.362.532.89413.0
D. Peralta LF41220111.326.368.547.9146.5
A. Jones RF40100002.271.335.497.8321.0
J. Sherfy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Murphy PH10000001.157.232.353.5850.0
A. Bradley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Marte 2B-CF50110023.261.322.503.8252.0
C. Walker 1B42211022.292.366.576.9438.0
N. Ahmed SS31000103.250.299.408.7072.0
A. Avila C21210200.350.552.7501.3027.0
R. Ray P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
b- B. Swihart PH10000012.200.279.382.661-0.5
M. Andriese P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Flores 2B10000001.280.323.390.7130.0
  • a-grounded out for Sherfy in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Ray in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Cabrera (7)
  • 3B - S. Marte (2)
  • RBI - M. Cabrera (11), J. Bell (35), B. Reynolds (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Cabrera 2 (2), B. Reynolds 5 (5), F. Cervelli 2 (2), K. Newman 2 (2), J. Elmore
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Peralta (16), K. Marte (8), C. Walker (15), A. Avila (2)
  • 3B - E. Escobar (2)
  • HR - E. Escobar (8), C. Walker (8)
  • SH - R. Ray 2 (2)
  • RBI - E. Escobar 3 (24), D. Peralta 2 (28), K. Marte (29), C. Walker (17), A. Avila (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Dyson 3 (3), K. Marte 3 (3), N. Ahmed 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Dyson 2 (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Escobar-Marte-Walker)
  • E - C. Walker (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Kingham (L, 1-1)4.010771217.841.74-10.0
M. Feliz1.01111207.111.741.0
C. Holmes2.01112116.752.002.5
M. DuRapau1.01000202.080.923.0
PITCHERSIP
N. Kingham (L, 1-1)4.0
M. Feliz1.0
C. Holmes2.0
M. DuRapau1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (W, 3-1)5.06212603.141.3216.0
M. Andriese1.00000104.181.313.5
J. Sherfy2.04000500.002.004.5
A. Bradley1.03110204.911.910.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (W, 3-1)5.0
M. Andriese1.0
J. Sherfy2.0
A. Bradley1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Kingham 92-60, M. Feliz 29-17, C. Holmes 28-16, M. DuRapau 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Kingham 6-4, C. Holmes 2-3, M. DuRapau 1-0
  • Batters Faced - N. Kingham 23, M. Feliz 5, C. Holmes 9, M. DuRapau 4
  • Balks - M. Feliz
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 94-60, M. Andriese 15-10, J. Sherfy 41-28, A. Bradley 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 4-5, M. Andriese 2-0, A. Bradley 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 23, M. Andriese 3, J. Sherfy 10, A. Bradley 6
  • Balks - J. Sherfy
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B51200000.259.318.367.6853.0
S. Marte CF51300013.252.286.417.7035.5
M. Cabrera RF51210016.327.367.469.8364.5
J. Bell 1B40210123.324.395.6551.0503.0
B. Reynolds LF50210027.305.339.458.7962.0
F. Cervelli C50000035.184.276.243.519-1.5
K. Newman 3B-SS40100012.333.368.444.8130.5
C. Tucker SS30000020.177.227.274.501-1.0
C. Holmes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Moran PH10000011.238.323.393.716-0.5
M. DuRapau P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Kingham P10000110.000.250.000.2500.5
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Elmore 3B20100001.500.500.5001.0001.0
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  • a-struck out for Holmes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Dyson CF-RF52200013.281.381.416.7977.5
E. Escobar 3B52331001.288.362.532.89413.0
D. Peralta LF41220111.326.368.547.9146.5
A. Jones RF40100002.271.335.497.8321.0
J. Sherfy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Murphy PH10000001.157.232.353.5850.0
A. Bradley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Marte 2B-CF50110023.261.322.503.8252.0
C. Walker 1B42211022.292.366.576.9438.0
N. Ahmed SS31000103.250.299.408.7072.0
A. Avila C21210200.350.552.7501.3027.0
R. Ray P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
b- B. Swihart PH10000012.200.279.382.661-0.5
M. Andriese P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Flores 2B10000001.280.323.390.7130.0
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  • a-grounded out for Sherfy in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Ray in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Cabrera (7)
  • 3B - S. Marte (2)
  • RBI - M. Cabrera (11), J. Bell (35), B. Reynolds (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Cabrera 2 (2), B. Reynolds 5 (5), F. Cervelli 2 (2), K. Newman 2 (2), J. Elmore
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Peralta (16), K. Marte (8), C. Walker (15), A. Avila (2)
  • 3B - E. Escobar (2)
  • HR - E. Escobar (8), C. Walker (8)
  • SH - R. Ray 2 (2)
  • RBI - E. Escobar 3 (24), D. Peralta 2 (28), K. Marte (29), C. Walker (17), A. Avila (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Dyson 3 (3), K. Marte 3 (3), N. Ahmed 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Dyson 2 (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Escobar-Marte-Walker)
  • E - C. Walker (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Kingham (L, 1-1)4.010771217.841.74-10.0
M. Feliz1.01111207.111.741.0
C. Holmes2.01112116.752.002.5
M. DuRapau1.01000202.080.923.0
Total8.01399472---
PITCHERSIP
N. Kingham (L, 1-1)4.0
M. Feliz1.0
C. Holmes2.0
M. DuRapau1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (W, 3-1)5.06212603.141.3216.0
M. Andriese1.00000104.181.313.5
J. Sherfy2.04000500.002.004.5
A. Bradley1.03110204.911.910.0
Total9.013322140---
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (W, 3-1)5.0
M. Andriese1.0
J. Sherfy2.0
A. Bradley1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Kingham 92-60, M. Feliz 29-17, C. Holmes 28-16, M. DuRapau 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Kingham 6-4, C. Holmes 2-3, M. DuRapau 1-0
  • Batters Faced - N. Kingham 23, M. Feliz 5, C. Holmes 9, M. DuRapau 4
  • Balks - M. Feliz
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 94-60, M. Andriese 15-10, J. Sherfy 41-28, A. Bradley 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 4-5, M. Andriese 2-0, A. Bradley 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 23, M. Andriese 3, J. Sherfy 10, A. Bradley 6
  • Balks - J. Sherfy
  • 9TH INNING
    Cabrera doubled to left center, Marte scored39
  • 7TH INNING
    Walker homered to right center29
  • 5TH INNING
    Ahmed scored, Avila to third on balk28
  • 4TH INNING
    Escobar homered to right27
  • 3RD INNING
    Avila singled to deep right, Walker scored26
  • 2ND INNING
    Peralta doubled to right, Escobar scored25
    Escobar tripled to deep right, Avila and Dyson scored24
  • 1ST INNING
    Marte doubled to right center, Peralta scored, Jones to third22
    Peralta singled to left, Dyson scored21
    Reynolds singled to left, Cabrera scored, Bell to second20
    Bell singled to right center, Frazier scored, Cabrera to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Archie Bradley pitching
    • A. Frazier: Frazier grounded out to second
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte singled to center
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera doubled to left center, Marte scored
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Bell singled to center, Cabrera to third
    • B. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Sherfy Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Newman singled to right
    • Colin Moran hit for Clay Holmes
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Newman to second on balk, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • J. Elmore: Ball, Strike looking, Elmore lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Montana DuRapau pitching
    • E. Escobar: Escobar singled to center
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Peralta struck out looking
    • John Ryan Murphy hit for Jimmie Sherfy
    • J. Murphy: Murphy grounded out to pitcher, Escobar to second
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Wilmer Flores at second base
    • Jimmie Sherfy pitching
    • J. Elmore: Strike looking, Ball, Elmore singled to right center
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Frazier singled to right, Elmore to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte singled to right center, Elmore to third, Frazier to second
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Cabrera struck out on foul tip
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Holmes Pitching:
    • C. Walker: Walker homered to right center
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ahmed flied out to deep right
    • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Avila walked
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Flores reached on fielder's choice to third, Avila out at second
    • J. Dyson: Dyson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Matt Andriese pitching
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to third
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Foul, Newman grounded out to third
    • C. Tucker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jake Elmore at third base
    • Clay Holmes pitching
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar lined out to left
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Peralta walked
    • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Jones flied out to deep left
    • K. Marte: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier flied out to deep left
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte tripled to deep right
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Marte out at home
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell walked, Cabrera to second
    • B. Reynolds: Reynolds lined out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Michael Feliz relieved Nick Kingham
    • C. Walker: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ahmed walked
    • A. Avila: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Avila doubled to deep left, Ahmed to third
    • Blake Swihart hit for Robbie Ray
    • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ahmed scored, Avila to third on balk, Dyson flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Newman grounded out to first
    • C. Tucker: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • N. Kingham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kingham struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar homered to right
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Ball, Peralta grounded out to first
    • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Jones grounded out to second
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marte flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • B. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Foul, Reynolds reached on an infield single to second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli grounded into double play third to second to first, Reynolds out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker doubled to deep center
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ahmed grounded out to second, Walker to third
    • A. Avila: Avila singled to deep right, Walker scored
    • R. Ray: Ray hit sacrifice bunt to first, Avila to second
    • J. Dyson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dyson struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • C. Tucker: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Tucker flied out to right
    • N. Kingham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingham walked
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier singled to left, Kingham to second
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera popped out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Avila walked
    • R. Ray: Ray hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Avila to second
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Ball, Dyson singled to right, Avila to third
    • E. Escobar: Foul, Escobar tripled to deep right, Avila and Dyson scored
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Peralta doubled to right, Escobar scored
    • A. Jones: Ball, Jones flied out to center
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier safe at first on 1st baseman Walker fielding error
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte popped out to shortstop
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera singled to left, Frazier to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell singled to right center, Frazier scored, Cabrera to third
    • B. Reynolds: Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds singled to left, Cabrera scored, Bell to second
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
    • K. Newman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Newman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dyson singled to center
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Dyson stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar fouled out to third
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dyson stole third, Foul, Foul, Foul, Peralta singled to left, Dyson scored
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Jones singled to left, Peralta to second
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marte doubled to right center, Peralta scored, Jones to third
    • C. Walker: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ahmed flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)