PHOENIX – Jarrod Dyson hit two home runs during the 2018 season, shortened by a groin injury. The external fast already has two in 11 games this year, and his last one was a winner.
Dyson connected for a shot with two shots, one shot less than the ninth inning, to give the Arizona Diamondback a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Beating for John Ryan Murphy with Eduardo Escobar in second base, Dyson snatched a 2-2 shot from the closest Rangers to Jose Leclerc in the right field positions. Arizona has recovered from a 4-0 deficit after two innings for its third win in four games, with 34-year-old Dyson hitting the first homer of his career.
"That's a tough guy to try and put together a good hitter," said Leclerc's Dyson. "I just tried to pick a good shot in the middle of the pot and try to do a little damage with it, and I ended up getting a shot that I can handle and I was lucky."
Matt Andriese (2-0) launched two innings of the ball without goal nets of the owner Zack Greinke. Murphy and Nick Ahmed went solo to Arizona.
With the Diamondbacks down 4-2 in the ninth, Christian Walker finished with a single against Leclerc (1-1), who opened a chance to save for the first time this season. Escobar doubled in Walker and Ahmed hit before Dyson went deep.
"I think my fast ball was good, my change was there," said Leclerc, who entered with a series of 25 2/3 innings. "Everything went well, they just hit everything I just launched".
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said his team has never stopped.
"Exciting and well deserved, because I felt that these guys were fighting for the whole day," said Lovullo. "We couldn't get anything, but we never close: it marks three runs close up like Leclerc, you should feel pretty good."
The defeat ruined a great effort from the start of Texas Mike Minor, who beat five in seven of a five-stroke ball. Elvis Andrus had two shots and drove in two runs to lead the Rangers, who lost four points.
"He used all the shots effectively and worked on both sides of the pot," Minor Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "When he has his change going on, it's much easier for the rest of his shoots to work."
Texas scored two goals in both the first and second innings, with Andrus's double and Nomar Mazara's record, making the 2-0 and the singular from Rougned Odor and Andrus with the 4-0 in the second.
"Afterwards I did some better shots, but maybe they were a little bit up in the area the first inning and maybe the first inning and a half," said Greinke.
The right-hander settled and retired 14 Rangers in a row from second to seventh place before the second double of Shin-Shoo Choo, with one less in the seventh. Greinke allowed three runs earned and seven successes in 6 2/3 innings.
The Diamondbacks scored the 4-1 in third place with Murphy at home, a solo shot brought down the left line. Ahmed went deep into the center-left in the seventh off Minor.
Greinke's fourth against Choo in the fourth was the 2,453th of his career, tying him to Sam McDowell for 41st place on the career list. Greinke later exceeded the total.
TURF & # 39; S UP
The Rangers executives attended the opening of the Tuesday series to get a first look at the synthetic grass surface that was installed at Chase Field before the season. It will be the same playing surface used in the new Globe Life Field, the future home of the Rangers that is currently under construction.
The third Rangers player Asdrubal Cabrera did not play last Monday in Miami, where he was sworn in as a US citizen. Cabrera is 16 for 37 (.432) in his career against Greinke.
RING IT IN
Dan Butler, who played in two games for the Boston Red Sox last season, will receive his World Series ring later because he could not attend the team championship ceremony on Tuesday at Fenway Park.
Arizona sent RHP Jon Duplantier to Triple-A Reno after the game and will announce a corresponding move on Wednesday.
SALA DEL TRAINER
Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (elbow) has launched a bullpen, with no indication of when his next rehabilitation session will be. … LHP T.J. McFarland is scheduled to launch an inning of a spring game that extends Wednesday, said Lovullo.
Texas sends RHP Lance Lynn (0-1, 6.39 ERA) to the mountain for its third season start. 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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