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Locastro's walk-off knock snaps losing skid

@SteveGilbertMLB
June 23, 2019

PHOENIX -- After six straight losses the D-backs would have taken a win any way they could. That it happened to come after several breaks didn’t go their way and it took 10 innings to beat the last-place Giants, well, no one seemed to mind. Instead they celebrated their 3-2

PHOENIX -- After six straight losses the D-backs would have taken a win any way they could.

That it happened to come after several breaks didn’t go their way and it took 10 innings to beat the last-place Giants, well, no one seemed to mind.

Instead they celebrated their 3-2 walkoff win like crazy, sprinting out of the dugout to mob Tim Locastro. There was the dumping of Gatorade and Adam Jones’ traditional post game pie in the face.

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“I know there’s a lot of excitement in the clubhouse,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “When you lose for six straight days, that’s tough. That’s very tough.”

David Peralta, who stood in front of his locker following loss No. 6 on Saturday night and assured fans that the D-backs weren't done competing, had a smile on his face Sunday.

“I think that was the best way to break the losing streak that we had with a walk-off win,” Peralta said. “The way we did it, I think that’s the best way. Everybody got excited, and we did it together.”

Locastro delivered the game-winner when he lined a ball over the head of third baseman Evan Longoria with the bases loaded and one out in the 10th.

“Tim Locastro gets that huge hit and just continues to have really good at-bats,” Lovullo said. “He knows exactly what the at-bat is asking for.”

Locastro, who has been on a record hit-by-pitch pace this year, nearly got plunked with the first pitch he saw from reliever Mark Melancon.

“I mean I wanted to get a hit,” Locastro said. “We would’ve won either way, but I wanted to get a hit there. I wasn’t exactly trying to get out of the way, but it just happened to not hit me.”

But it did help him.

“That pitch not hitting me, I sort of knew that his approach was to come in a little bit, so I was looking in there,” Locastro said. “And I was able to fight it over the third baseman’s head and drop it in there for a single.”

But baseball moves fast and the D-backs will not have a lot of time to savor this win.

Monday night, the first-place Dodgers come to town to open a three-game series, and the D-backs know they will have their hands full against the team that leads the second-place Rockies by 13 games already.

But they’re certainly better off going into it with a win rather than another loss.

“This was a really good day to win a baseball game, get a night off and get ready for the Dodgers,” Lovullo said. “The Dodgers are coming to town, and we love playing the Dodgers. We know that they’re pacing the way in the West and they’re having a great season.”

The D-backs on the other hand are having an up and down one. Each time it appears they are going to make a run in the Wild Card race, they wind up on a losing streak.

Yet just when it looks like they’re going to fall out of the race, they manage to claw their way back into it.

“It’s been tough for us, but we found a way today to win,” Peralta said. “It took us 10 innings, but we got it. It doesn’t matter. It just matters that we won today. Now we’re just going to start from today and we’re going to keep rolling.”

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.