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Brito racks up 3 more hits; Ray on point

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In what is getting to be a daily occurrence, D-backs outfielder Socrates Brito turned in another good performance Tuesday, going 3-for-3 with an RBI in a 5-3 Angels win.

"He's played well, he really, really looks good," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "There's not a day he doesn't do something good, right? Defensively, offensively, he's come here to make a team. So, it's very impressive."

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In what is getting to be a daily occurrence, D-backs outfielder Socrates Brito turned in another good performance Tuesday, going 3-for-3 with an RBI in a 5-3 Angels win.

"He's played well, he really, really looks good," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "There's not a day he doesn't do something good, right? Defensively, offensively, he's come here to make a team. So, it's very impressive."

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Brito, who was hitting .667 through four games with a few nice defensive plays to his credit as well, is competing with Yasmany Tomas for the starting left-field spot. But it's not out of the question Brito -- ranked as the D-backs' fourth-best prospect -- could make the team as a backup.

"He's in the race to be on this team," Hale said. "There's no doubt about it."

Race for final rotation spot

Left-hander Robbie Ray turned in his second straight impressive outing with a three-inning scoreless start against the Angels, and he has not allowed a run in five innings this spring.

"I'm getting better every time out," Ray said. "I'm just fine-tuning things. The main thing today was just staying around the zone. I was able to get quick outs and work out of those big counts."

Video: LAA@ARI: Ray strikes out three in spring outing

Zack Godley, who is also in competition for the fifth spot, allowed three runs over three innings in an 8-8 tie with the Padres on Tuesday.

"Godley was OK," Hale said. "He had a [defensive] play he didn't make, and then they hit a home run. His third inning was really good, he improved a lot. He had the movement. Ball was moving all over the place."

Worth noting

• Infielder Jean Segura, who is battling to become the starter at second or short, was 3-for-4 against the Padres to raise his average to .692. He also made a nice diving play at second base.

"Segura made a phenomenal play," Hale said.

• Right-hander Kaleb Fleck struck out the Padres in order in the seventh.

"Fleck threw really well," Hale said. "Made some adjustments at the start of camp with [pitching coach Mike Butcher] and really looks good."

• Reliever Jake Barrett tossed a scoreless inning against the Angels.

"That was as good as I've seen him," Hale said.

Up next: Zack Greinke will make his second start of the spring for the D-backs on Wednesday when they play host to the Padres at Salt River Fields at 1:10 p.m. MST (watch on MLB.TV or listen to an exclusive webcast). Greinke, who was signed to a $206.5 million deal in December, will be followed to the mound by Tyler Wagner. Wagner is competing for the No. 5 spot in the Arizona rotation.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

 

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