Arizona Diamondbacks drop 50 games below 0.500 against Texas Rangers
Nathaniel Lowe had three hits, Jose Trevino scored three and the Texas Rangers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 on Wednesday to tie a season-high with their fourth straight victory.
Texas’ last place tied a race June 25-29, with the two streaks coming up on the road, where the Rangers are 20-51.
Arizona lost a record 50 games under the 0.500 mark at 45-95. The Diamondbacks have lost five straight games, all at home, and 10 of 11 overall.
Jharel Cotton (1-0) threw a scoreless sixth inning for the win. Joe Barlow, Rangers’ eighth pitcher, got the last out for his fourth save.
David Peralta led Arizona’s second round with his eighth home run. Henry Ramos, who was making his first major league start, followed with a left single, stepped onto an infield and scored on the glove of left fielder DJ Peters of Daulton Varsho.
Luke Weaver (3-4) struck out his first nine batters from the Rangers, but Texas broke through with three runs while sending nine home in the fourth.
Leody Taveras, who turned 23 on Wednesday, led the fourth with a triple at the 413-footer in the middle and scored on the third-place bouncer Isaiah Kiner-Falefa. Lowe added a triple RBI and scored on infielder Nick Solak.
Texas charged up the goals before Weaver hit pitcher Kohei Arihara on a curveball. Weaver threw 36 shots in the first three innings and 33 in the fourth.
The Rangers crowded into the enclosure with two runs in the sixth and three in the eighth. Pinch hitter Yohel Pozo had an RBI brace in the sixth, and Trevino tackled two with a single on the eight.
Arizona’s Nick Ahmed hit his fifth homer in the ninth against DeMarcus Evans.
Arihara and Weaver were making their second starts after long stints on the casualty list.
Arihara was first sidelined with an injured right finger, then underwent surgery for a throbbing shoulder aneurysm. The 29-year-old right-hander is in his first MLB season after pitching six years for the Pacific League’s Hokkaido Nippon Ham-Fighters of Japan. Arihara allowed four hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings in her ninth start.
Weaver missed more than three months with a strain on his right shoulder. He lasted five innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out four. In his previous start, he limited San Diego to one run over six innings in the Diamondbacks’ most recent victory.