PHOENIX -- David Peralta's homer off Trevor Bauer with one out in the sixth inning sparked a four-run rally that spun the D-backs toward a resounding 11-2 victory over the Indians at Chase Field on Saturday night, for Arizona's fifth win in its first six games.The game was billed as
PHOENIX -- David Peralta's homer off Trevor Bauer with one out in the sixth inning sparked a four-run rally that spun the D-backs toward a resounding 11-2 victory over the Indians at Chase Field on Saturday night, for Arizona's fifth win in its first six games.
The game was billed as a big pitching matchup between Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke and Bauer, whom the D-backs took with the No. 3 pick overall in the 2011 Draft. And it lived up to its billing with the right-handers battling to a 1-1 tie, until the lefty-swinging Peralta smacked Bauer's full-count pitch off the right-field foul pole. The D-backs scored four in the sixth and six in the eighth as the Indians dropped to 3-2.
Getting to a starter like Bauer later in the game has been a theme of Arizona's first-week success, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.
"Just the amount of information that's shared by everybody in between innings is impressive," he said. "That's not to say that certain pitchers aren't going to get on us and stay on us and take care of business. But I like our chances of seeing a pitcher the second or third time through the order. That's been our track record for the first six games and I feel like these guys are competing on a pretty impressive level each night."
Bauer, making his first start of the season, left with two out in the sixth, having allowed four runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and didn't issue a walk.
"I thought he was good," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Bauer. "When [the D-backs] get aggressive and they start feeling good, we've seen it two days in a row now, they put a hurtin' on us in a hurry. But, if he throws the ball like that, he's going to be just fine."
Greinke, meanwhile, earned his first win of the season. He was lifted with two out and no one on in the seventh at 106 pitches, having allowed one run on five hits while whiffing six and also walking none.
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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Big blows: The D-backs knocked out Bauer in a big four-run sixth inning that included Peralta's homer, a Yasmany Tomas triple and doubles by Paul Goldschmidt and Brandon Drury. The D-backs batted around in the inning. The D-backs broke it wide open with six more runs when they sent 11 men to the plate in the eighth.
Checked aggression: With the game tied at 1 and Francisco Lindor on third base representing the go-ahead run, Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion tried to check his swing on a two-out, two-strike pitch from Greinke in the sixth. First-base umpire Lance Barksdale called Encarnacion out on the swing, and the Tribe's first baseman erupted in anger. Encarnacion threw his bat away, yelled and raised his arms emphatically. That ended the potential rally for the Indians, and the D-backs soon ran away with the game.
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"When I saw it live, I didn't think he came close to swinging," Francona said. "When I went back and looked, it's close. I wouldn't want to have to make that call in real time. It's hard. That's one of those where we want it, and so do they. That'll never change."
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Jeremy Hazelbaker reached base four times on Saturday night for the D-backs. He has reached safely in eight consecutive plate appearances to begin the season, becoming the first Major Leaguer to accomplish that feat since Ramon Hernandez did it for the Orioles in 2006. The feat represents a D-backs franchise record.
This was Bauer's first start in Arizona since he was traded by the D-backs to the Indians in a three-way deal with the Reds after the 2012 season. Bauer made only two starts at Chase that season, going 1-1.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
In an effort to stop the bleeding, Francona challenged a safe call at first base in the eighth on the back end of what could have been an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. After a replay review, the call stood. Jake Lamb was deemed safe on a fielder's-choice groundout in Arizona's six-run inning.
Indians: For Sunday's 4:10 p.m. ET Interleague finale against the D-backs, the Indians will hand the ball to ace Corey Kluber. In his Opening Day outing, Kluber allowed five runs on six hits, including three homers, in six innings against the Rangers. The righty was dealing with blisters, and ended with no hits allowed to the last 12 batters he faced.
D-backs: Arizona closes out its first homestand Sunday with an afternoon game starting at 1:10 p.m. PT against the Indians at Chase Field. Left-hander Patrick Corbin (0-1, 4.50) will get his second start of the season. He lost to the Giants on Tuesday, the D-backs' only loss in their first six games.
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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.
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