Ryne Nelson provided a much-needed spark for the Diamondbacks, leading his team back into the win column with a 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.
The Diamondbacks struck early, scoring a run in both the first and second innings. Both runs were driven in with two outs in the inning.
From there, it was the Ryne Nelson show. Besides a double, the rookie was close to perfect heading into the sixth inning.
The Giants lone run off Nelson came in the sixth; this rally started with a two-out strikeout in the dirt, which Thairo Estrada was able to reach first on.
This strikeout was followed by a walk and then a ground ball through the hole to put San Francisco on the board.
Nevertheless, Ryne Nelson had arguably his best outing of the season, as he finished the afternoon with just three hits allowed in seven innings.
And, just like the Diamondbacks have done all year, they responded almost immediately after the Giants cut the lead in half in the sixth inning.
A two-run home run from Ketel Marte towered 433 feet over the center field wall to increase the Diamondbacks lead to three. It was his second home run of the series.
KETEL MARTE 2-RUN DINGER! pic.twitter.com/INz1IEdlmO
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While the Giants attempted to mount a comeback in the eighth, a bad baserunning mistake by Blake Sabol halted any further momentum.
From there, the Diamondbacks were able to tack on an insurance run in the top of the ninth thanks to a two-out base hit from Geraldo Perdomo.
The win pushed the D-backs lead over the Giants to 2.5 games for first place in the NL West. Arizona will now head back home for a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.