Robbie Ray shuts down Padres bats, leads DBacks to 6-0 win

PHOENIX (AP) — Robbie Ray struck out 10 and pitched two-hit ball for 6 1-3 innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 Tuesday night to end a four-game losing streak.

The Diamondbacks’ skid had knocked them out of the NL West lead.

Ray (5-2) got his first win at Chase Field since March 30, his first game of 2018 — he’d been 0-1 in his previous six starts at home. He won back-to-back starts for the first time since last September.

Joey Lucchesi (7-8) gave up two runs and three hits in five innings. He’s winless in five career starts against Arizona.

Nick Ahmed hit an RBI triple and scored on Ketel Marte‘s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead in the second.

Ray hasn’t been consistently sharp this season, but he cruised through the first four innings without allowing a runner and striking out seven. Ray got help from a diving catch in center field by A.J. Pollock, which took a hit away from Luis Urias.

The Padres got their first hit of the game, a single from Franmil Reyes, with two outs in the fifth. They had runners on the corners in the sixth with two outs, but Ray struck out Hunter Renfroe to end the inning.

Marte manufactured a run on his own after infield single in the Diamondbacks’ four-run seventh. Reliever Robert Stock threw wildly on a pickoff attempt to allow Marte to get to second base, and Marte stole third. He scored on a passed ball, and pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso had an RBI single.

The Diamondbacks got another run when Padres catcher Austin Hedges couldn’t hold on to the ball after tagging Descalso trying to score on Pollock’s sharp single. Paul Goldschmidt added an RBI single.

DIAMONDBACKS MOVES

The Diamondbacks recalled INF Ildemaro Vargas from Triple-A Reno and RH reliever Matt Andriese from Single-A Visalia before Tuesday’s game. Andriese had been with the Diamondbacks until Aug. 28 after he was picked up in a trade with Tampa Bay. … Starting pitcher Zack Godley, who worked in Monday’s game, was placed on the paternity list to return home for the birth of his first child.

MEJIA DEBUTS

The Padres called up catcher Francisco Mejia from Triple-A El Paso before Tuesday’s game. Mejia, considered one of San Diego’s top prospects, struck out as pinch-hitter in his San Diego debut.

UP NEXT

Padres: The Padres get Wednesday off. Then LHP Eric Lauer (5-7) faces the Cincinnati in the first game of a four-game series.

Diamondbacks: After a day off Wednesday, RHP Zack Greinke (13-9) opens a four-game series against Atlanta on Thursday.

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