Cron hits 1st big league homer, Diamondbacks beat Jays 8-2

TORONTO (AP) Kevin Cron's first major league home run put Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo in a tough spot.

Cron homered, David Peralta had a solo shot among his three hits and the Diamondbacks beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Friday night.

Luvollo had to restrain himself from hugging Cron after Arizona's players decided to give the slugging rookie the silent treatment upon his return to the dugout.

''That's not easy for me,'' Lovullo said. ''I'm a hugger, I'm an Italian guy. I like to go and just give them everything I've got, jump on them and bear-hug them.''

Merrill Kelly (6-6) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings for his second straight victory, and the Diamondbacks won for the fourth time in six games after a five-game losing streak.

''The way Merrill was throwing the ball, we weren't going to need many,'' Cron said.

Kelly is 5-2 with a 1.84 ERA in seven starts following a Diamondbacks victory.

Archie Bradley worked the eighth and T.J. McFarland finished.

While it might have gone against character for Lovullo to skimp on celebrating Cron's shot, the rookie said his skipper played the part well.

''He did a good job of giving the guys coming into the dugout behind me their high fives and letting me walk right by him,'' Cron said.

Needless to say, Cron had no complaints about the quiet reception for his first home run.

''It was pretty cool,'' he said. ''I wouldn't trade it for anything.''

The 26-year-old Cron led all minor leaguers with 21 home runs when he was called up May 24.

Cron's brother, CJ, also homered Friday, hitting a solo shot for Minnesota in its win over Detroit.

''He's the older brother, he can never let me have my own moment,'' Kevin Cron joked.

Peralta singled in the second, drove in Arizona's first run with an RBI single in the fourth, and homered in the sixth.

Arizona catcher Carson Kelly hit a solo home run in the ninth, his sixth of the season.

Toronto has scored two runs or fewer 25 times this season, second only to Miami (29). The Blue Jays are 1-24 in those games, and have lost 12 of 15 overall.

Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman (3-8) gave up eight hits and matched his season-worst by allowing six runs in 5 2/3 innings, losing his second straight outing.

''Couple of balls up in the zone and they took advantage,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

The Diamondbacks broke a scoreless deadlock with a five-run fourth. Ketel Marte hit a one-out single, Eduardo Escobar walked and Peralta followed with an RBI single. A second run scored on Christian Walker's ground rule double before Cron cleared the bases with a homer to left.

Toronto's Teoscar Hernandez got the Blue Jays on the board with a two-out homer in the fifth, his fourth.

Peralta pushed the lead back to five runs with a leadoff homer, his eighth of the season, in the sixth off Stroman. Escobar added an RBI single in the seventh.

Toronto's Randal Grichuk scored from first base in the ninth when shortstop Nick Ahmed made a throwing error on Lourded Gurriel Jr.'s infield single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: OF Adam Jones (right hamstring) was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game. Jones left Tuesday's game in the fourth inning. ... 3B Jake Lamb (strained left quadriceps) is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno on Saturday. He's been out since April 3.

Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette went 0 for 1 with two walks in a rehab game at Class-A Dunedin. It was Bichette's first game since April 22, when he was hit by a pitch and broke his left hand while playing for Triple-A Buffalo. ... RHP David Phelps will make his next rehab appearance with Triple-A. Phelps pitched a scoreless inning for Dunedin on Wednesday. ... 1B Justin Smoak got the day off. Cavan Biggio made his first start at first base.

HAVE A BALL

Cron said he wasn't sure he'd be able to keep the ball from his first homer.

''My mom might yank it out of my hands,'' he said.

TOUCH UP JOB

Groundskeepers came out to work on the mound before Bradley took over in the bottom of the eighth.

REST IS IMPORTANT

The Diamondbacks are 8-0 following an off-day.

OUT OF THEIR LEAGUE

Toronto fell to 2-9 in interleague play.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Grienke (6-2, 3.09) is 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his past six road starts. He last faced Toronto in 2010.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-6, 3.95) is winless since beating Oakland on April 27. He's 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA in seven starts since.

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  • W: M. Kelly (6-6)L: M. Stroman (3-8)
  • HR: ARI - C. Kelly (6), D. Peralta (8), K. Cron (1), TOR - T. Hernandez (4)
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Walker (17)
      • HR - D. Peralta (8), K. Cron, C. Kelly (6)
      • RBI - E. Escobar (49), D. Peralta 2 (34), C. Walker (25), K. Cron 3 (5), C. Kelly (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Escobar, D. Peralta, T. Locastro 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - T. Hernandez (4)
      • RBI - T. Hernandez (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Sogard, C. Biggio, T. Hernandez 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Dyson (13)
      • CS - C. Walker
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Marte-Ahmed-Walker)
      • E - N. Ahmed (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Jansen-Biggio)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Kelly (W, 6-6)7.03112314.121.3626.5
      A. Bradley1.00000104.941.873.5
      T. McFarland1.02100005.711.621.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Kelly (W, 6-6)7.0
      A. Bradley1.0
      T. McFarland1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (L, 3-8)5.27662423.311.32-3.0
      D. Law1.11111206.611.651.0
      E. Luciano2.02110216.392.054.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (L, 3-8)5.2
      D. Law1.1
      E. Luciano2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 95-58, A. Bradley 22-14, T. McFarland 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 10-7, A. Bradley 1-1, T. McFarland 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 25, A. Bradley 3, T. McFarland 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 101-62, D. Law 27-17, E. Luciano 24-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 6-6, D. Law 1-1, E. Luciano 2-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 25, D. Law 6, E. Luciano 8
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      K. Marte 2B41100101.271.325.514.8393.0
      E. Escobar 3B41110111.281.337.553.8903.5
      I. Vargas 3B00000000.271.300.375.6750.0
      D. Peralta LF42321001.309.357.527.88410.0
      C. Walker 1B41210001.258.325.493.8184.0
      K. Cron DH41131022.250.273.600.8737.0
      N. Ahmed SS40100021.264.321.405.7270.0
      T. Locastro RF40000012.236.408.327.736-0.5
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        E. Sogard 2B40000002.281.355.467.8220.0
        V. Guerrero 3B40000020.241.308.444.752-1.0
        R. Tellez DH40000000.227.283.426.7090.0
        R. Grichuk RF41100000.232.291.430.7212.0
        L. Gurriel LF40200010.253.316.483.7991.5
        C. Biggio 1B30000101.194.359.290.6491.0
        T. Hernandez CF31111002.194.261.331.5926.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Walker (17)
          • HR - D. Peralta (8), K. Cron, C. Kelly (6)
          • RBI - E. Escobar (49), D. Peralta 2 (34), C. Walker (25), K. Cron 3 (5), C. Kelly (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Escobar, D. Peralta, T. Locastro 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • HR - T. Hernandez (4)
          • RBI - T. Hernandez (18)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Sogard, C. Biggio, T. Hernandez 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Dyson (13)
          • CS - C. Walker
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Marte-Ahmed-Walker)
          • E - N. Ahmed (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Jansen-Biggio)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Kelly (W, 6-6)7.03112314.121.3626.5
          A. Bradley1.00000104.941.873.5
          T. McFarland1.02100005.711.621.0
          Total9.0521241---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Kelly (W, 6-6)7.0
          A. Bradley1.0
          T. McFarland1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Stroman (L, 3-8)5.27662423.311.32-3.0
          D. Law1.11111206.611.651.0
          E. Luciano2.02110216.392.054.0
          Total9.01088383---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Stroman (L, 3-8)5.2
          D. Law1.1
          E. Luciano2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 95-58, A. Bradley 22-14, T. McFarland 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 10-7, A. Bradley 1-1, T. McFarland 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 25, A. Bradley 3, T. McFarland 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 101-62, D. Law 27-17, E. Luciano 24-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 6-6, D. Law 1-1, E. Luciano 2-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 25, D. Law 6, E. Luciano 8
          • 9TH INNING
            Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop, Grichuk scored, Gurriel to second on shortstop Ahmed throwing error82
            Kelly homered to left81
          • 7TH INNING
            Escobar singled to right center, Dyson scored71
          • 6TH INNING
            Peralta homered to right center61
          • 5TH INNING
            Hernandez homered to right center51
          • 4TH INNING
            Cron homered to left, Peralta and Walker scored50
            Walker doubled to deep center, Escobar scored, Peralta to third20
            Peralta singled to center, Marte scored, Escobar to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • E. Luciano Pitching:
            • C. Kelly: Foul, Kelly homered to left
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Foul, Dyson grounded out to second
            • K. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Marte flied out to deep center
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ildemaro Vargas at third base
            • T.J. McFarland relieved Archie Bradley
            • V. Guerrero: Guerrero flied out to deep center
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Tellez popped out to shortstop
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Grichuk singled to left
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop, Grichuk scored, Gurriel to second on shortstop Ahmed throwing error
            • C. Biggio: Biggio grounded out to third
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Elvis Luciano relieved Derek Law
            • C. Walker: Walker singled to center
            • K. Cron: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • N. Ahmed: Ahmed grounded out to third, Walker to second
            • T. Locastro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Locastro lined out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Archie Bradley relieved Merrill Kelly
            • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Galvis struck out on foul tip
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Jansen lined out to shortstop
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sogard grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Law Pitching:
            • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kelly struck out looking
            • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Dyson walked
            • K. Marte: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Marte flied out to deep right
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Dyson stole second, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Escobar singled to right center, Dyson scored
            • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Peralta grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Kelly Pitching:
            • R. Tellez: Tellez grounded out to first
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk grounded out to second
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel singled to right center
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Biggio walked, Gurriel to second
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez reached on fielder's choice to third, Biggio out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Peralta homered to right center
            • C. Walker: Foul, Ball, Walker flied out to center
            • K. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron grounded out to second
            • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ahmed singled to left center
            • Derek Law relieved Marcus Stroman
            • T. Locastro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Locastro struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Kelly Pitching:
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jansen walked
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Sogard grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Jansen out at second
            • V. Guerrero: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kelly struck out looking
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson flied out to right
            • K. Marte: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marte walked
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Kelly Pitching:
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Biggio lined out to center
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez homered to right center
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Dyson flied out to right
            • K. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Marte singled to left
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar walked, Marte to second
            • D. Peralta: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Peralta singled to center, Marte scored, Escobar to third
            • C. Walker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Walker doubled to deep center, Escobar scored, Peralta to third
            • K. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Cron homered to left, Peralta and Walker scored
            • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ahmed struck out swinging
            • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Locastro grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Kelly Pitching:
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Tellez grounded out to second
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ahmed struck out swinging
            • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Locastro grounded out to third
            • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Ball, Kelly popped out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Kelly Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Galvis singled to right center
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Jansen lined out to left
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Sogard popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Peralta singled to center
            • C. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Walker reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Peralta out at second
            • K. Cron: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking, Walker caught stealing second, catcher to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Kelly Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Grichuk flied out to center
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Biggio flied out to deep right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson grounded out to first
            • K. Marte: Strike looking, Marte flied out to right
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Kelly Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Sogard grounded out to first
            • V. Guerrero: Guerrero grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Tellez popped out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)