SAN FRANCISCO -- Robbie Ray bobbed and weaved his way through the Giants lineup Tuesday night, finding himself in trouble at times, but never allowing San Francisco to deliver a knockout blow.The left-hander tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings despite five walks and four hits as he helped the D-backs down
SAN FRANCISCO -- Robbie Ray bobbed and weaved his way through the Giants lineup Tuesday night, finding himself in trouble at times, but never allowing San Francisco to deliver a knockout blow.
The left-hander tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings despite five walks and four hits as he helped the D-backs down the Giants, 4-3, on a cool, wet night at AT&T Park.
"Everything was working for me," said Ray. "The defense was making some amazing plays. Everything was just kind of clicking."
The Giants loaded the bases against him in the second with one out, but he got Jeff Samardzija to strike out before Yasmany Tomas caught Gorkys Hernandez's drive in front of the wall in left.
"I had him out front a little bit, but the wind was kind of blowing out to left," Ray said. "I knew he didn't get it completely, but I knew the wind was blowing. I knew there was a chance that it could get out, but I kind of knew that he didn't hit it very well."
The Giants were also able to get a pair of baserunners on in the third, but Ray pitched out of that jam thanks to a running catch in left-center by A.J. Pollock.
"I knew it was hit pretty well," Ray said. "I thought it was a hit. When he caught it, that was pretty amazing."
After that, Ray never seemed to be in trouble.
"He's got a very aggressive fastball and when he locates that he can be very effective, and that seemed to come after the second inning," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "He seemed like he could spot that pitch at any time and then his secondary pitches started to really come into play. He got into a great rhythm with [catcher] Chris Iannetta and just started to really dial it in."
How good were things going for Ray by that point? Not known for his hitting prowess, he contributed with the bat, grounding a single to center to begin a three-run rally in the third.
And he also drove a ball into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall. Of course, it was foul, but it was an impressive drive for him nonetheless.
"I don't know, I must have closed my eyes and swung at that one," Ray said jokingly. "No, I felt good tonight all around. At the plate I felt good. I was able to contribute to the team. It was a good win."
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.