RECAP: Ray dominates Angels in D-Backs' 7-3 win
Robbie Ray allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings in his 10th major league start, and the Arizona Diamondbacks got home runs from Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas in a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Ray (2-1) struck out three and walked two in his fourth start of the season, dropping his ERA to 1.09. The 23-year-old left-hander allowed only one batter to reach base through the first 5 2/3 innings. That was on a four-pitch walk in the fourth to reigning AL MVP Mike Trout, who was quickly erased on an inning-ending double-play grounder by Albert Pujols.
Ray retired his first two batters in the sixth on popups to first base before No.9 hitter Daniel Robertson - the only player on the Angels' roster who had ever faced him before - broke up the no-hit bid with a clean single to right-center field. Erick Aybar then singled inside third base, but was thrown out at second by left fielder Cliff Pennington.
Jered Weaver (4-7) was charged with five runs - four earned - and eight hits in seven innings.
The Angels sliced Arizona's lead to 5-3 with three runs in the eighth. Kyle Kubitza scored on Addison Reed's bases-loaded wild pitch to Trout, who doubled home two more against the right-hander before Pujols' bid for a tying two-run homer was caught on the warning track by center fielder A.J. Pollock.
The D-backs tacked on two runs in the ninth on Pennington's suicide-squeeze bunt single and Pollock's sacrifice fly.
Weaver came in 16-5 with a 2.68 ERA in his 31 previous interleague starts, including a 12-3 win against the D-backs at Chase Field on June 26, 2009 - his only other outing against them.
Goldschmidt gave Arizona a 3-0 lead in the third with his 18th homer, a towering drive to center field after Weaver gave up a leadoff walk to No.8 hitter Wellington Castillo and a two-out walk to Pollock. The two-time All-Star first baseman increased his major league-leading average to. 366 with three hits, and has reached base safely in 25 straight games.
Goldschmidt, who leads the D-backs with 53 RBIs, was denied another one in the seventh when Robertson fielded his two-out single and threw out Pennington at the plate. Robertson was playing in his second game with the Angels, who acquired him from Texas last November.
Weaver called trainer Rick Smith to the mound in the fourth inning to attend to a problem he was having with his thumb after giving up a one-out single by Jake Lamb, but was given the green light to continue.
Nick Ahmed led off the Diamondbacks' fifth with a double, advanced on Pennington's sacrifice bunt and scored when Kubitza mishandled the throw to third base from catcher Carlos Perez on an attempted pickoff.
Tomas made it 5-0 in the sixth with the third homer of his rookie season.
Diamondbacks right fielder and leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte was removed from the game because of a right hamstring strain, after trying to beat out a first-inning grounder to first that Pujols fielded wide of the bag before tossing to Weaver.
Angels: 3B David Freese was limited to DH duty for the second straight game because of a hamstring issue. Manager Mike Scioscia said he would be back at third on Wednesday and Thursday nights, when the Angels play at Arizona and there is no DH.
Diamondbacks: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-3) has failed to pitch seven full innings in any of his last 21 starts since Aug. 6, 2014. He is 3-0 in his last four outings despite a 4.84 ERA during that stretch.
Angels: RHP Garrett Richards (6-4) is coming off a 6-2 road victory against Tampa Bay in which he allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out seven.