Robbie Ray makes D-Backs history as Arizona wins 10-2

PHOENIX–Robbie Ray extended his scoreless streak to 27.2 innings, and the D-Backs crushed the Padres 10-2 Tuesday evening.

“I just thought it was a really good day where he pitched the ball. He didn’t throw, he pitched,” D-Backs Manager Torey Lovullo said.

“He’s a stud,” D-Backs Third Baseman Jake Lamb said. He’s locating his fastball, getting ahead, his secondary [pitches] is unreal. “He’s got to be one of the best pitchers in the game as far as his past few starts. He’s been lights out,” Lamb said.

Ray’s streak is the longest in the Majors this season, and the third longest in D-Backs history behind Brandon Webb, who owns the two longest streaks (42 and 30 IP). Seven of his eleven strikeouts came by way of the heater. He’d go 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits and walking two.

“I’m feeling pretty good, got a good game plan with my catcher,” Ray said. “So it’s almost like get the ball back, and whatever they throw down, I feel comfortable with it.”

[This stretch] is as good as I’ve seen,” Lovullo said about Ray’s scoreless streak. And I’ve been around some pretty outstanding pitchers.”

The ten-run mashing by the D-Backs was the most runs they’ve scored in a game since May 19th, where they faced, you guessed it, the Padres, and won that game, 10-1.

Jake Lamb doubled, driving in the first two runs of the game for Arizona. Then, singled driving in another two runs in the bottom of the second. Lamb has turned things around in a big way since struggling to begin the season. Lamb had more RBI’s in the first two innings than he did in his last nine games combined.

“Getting to that 3-1 count, I was just looking for a heater. I reacted to it, put a good swing on it. Then, on the slider, I kind of just sliced it into the outfield for two RBI.

Chris Owings tied a career high with his seventh dinger of the season in the bottom of the second inning. It was a three-run shot that gave the D-Backs a cushy 7-0 lead that allowed Ray to enter cruise control.

“The big three-run homer, I thought, was the dagger by Chris Owings,” Lovullo said.

Gregor Blanco quietly had two doubles, a walk, and a stolen base. Meanwhile, Daniel Descalso singled driving in two runs, extending the D-Backs lead to 10-1.

Daniel Descalso singled driving in two runs in the bottom of the fourth, extending the D-Backs lead to 10-1.

Hunter Renfroe has homered in consecutive games, smacking one off Ray to left field in the top of the fourth, and one off of Tom Wilhelmsen in the top of the ninth. Renfroe homered last Sunday against the Rockies. The 25-year-old is hitting .316 against lefties in his career. Renfroe is now leading all NL Rookies with thirteen homers. It was his second multi-homer game of his career.

First Time For Everything: D-Backs Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen took his very first at-bat in his seven-year career Tuesday night. “It was very cool,” Wilhelmsen said. I never really cared to have an at-bat. It’s literally been eighteen years since I’ve swung a bat. I thought I was going to freak out. He had to fight for that at-bat, for that strikeout, that’s for sure,” Wilhelmsen said.

Don’t Mess with the 3-1 lead: Jake Lamb’s double in the bottom of the first came on a 3-1 count. Lamb is hitting .348 when faced with a 3-1 count over the course of his career.

On Deck: Zack Greinke (7-3, 3.06 ERA) takes the mound for the D-backs in the second game of the series Wednesday evening. Luis Perdomo (0-2, 5.01 ERA) will pitch for San Diego.

There’s No Place Like Home: The D-Backs hold a 21-8 record at home this season, matching their record in 1999 and 2000. The D-Backs lost to the Mets in the first round of the playoffs in ’99 and missed the playoffs the following season.

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