Ray wins 5th straight as Diamondbacks rally past Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Baseball fans gasped in horror when Robbie Ray was struck in the head by a line drive earlier this summer.

These days Ray isn’t expecting anyone to feel sorry for him. The lefty has been as dominant as ever since coming off the disabled list.

Ray won his fifth straight start and A.J. Pollock hit a two-run double as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday night.

Ray (14-5) struck out 10 and gave up two runs (one earned), six hits and no walks as the Diamondbacks won for the 19th time in 24 games and for the eighth straight time on the road.

Ray has a 1.39 ERA in his last five starts since coming off the disabled list with a concussion after getting hit by a line drive on July 28.

“It’s almost a blessing in disguise, to be able to take that time off and get my mind right get my body right, I feel like it’s helped out,” Ray said. “Honestly, I feel stronger now with everything, I feel in synch. Ready to keep it going.”

Arizona reduced its magic number for clinching its first postseason berth since 2011 to seven.

The Diamondbacks trailed 2-1 when Pollock doubled in two runs off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (9-14) in the seventh inning.

Daniel Descalso started the rally with a two-out single that snapped a streak of 14 straight batters Samardzija had retired.

“You’ve got to get some runners on and put some pressure on him, because he was really, really on a roll there,” Pollock said. “They did a great job in front of me and I was able to get just enough of that down the line. That’s baseball man, just enough to get the runners in.”

Samardzija gave up three runs, six hits and no walks in eight innings

It marked just the eighth time this season that both teams allowed no walks.

Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth for his 37th save.

“I hate to lose, everybody hates to lose,” Samardzija said. “That’s the way it goes. It’s frustrating.”

CLOSE CALL

Ray was nearly hit with a line drive when Kelby Tomlinson singled up the middle in the third inning. Ray was on the DL for nearly a month after being hit in the head with a line drive on July 28.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks OF J. D. Martinez was a late lineup scratch with neck stiffness. Martinez is batting .451 (23 for 51) with 10 homers and 20 RBIs over his last 12 games.

C Jeff Mathis (fractured right hand) is with the team and is ramping up hand-strengthening exercises, manager Torey Lovullo said. Mathis will meet with surgeon Dr. Don Sheridan next week when the team returns to Arizona. He’s been on the DL since Aug. 22.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks ace RHP Zack Greinke (16-6, 2.99 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his last four starts. He is 4-0 with a 1.66 ERA in six career starts at AT&T Park.

Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-8, 3.55) is 0-3 with a 6.50 ERA in his last three starts. The 2014 World Series MVP is 1-4 with a 2.47 ERA in his last seven starts against Arizona.