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D-backs’ 9th-inning rally falls short in loss to Twins

The Arizona Diamondbacks failed to score a run after the fourth inning in a 3-2 loss against the Minnesota Twins on Friday at Target Field.

Arizona dropped four straight games in which it has scored seven runs.

The D-backs rallied in the ninth inning off Twins flame-throwing closer Jhoan Duran, as Jake McCarthy worked a walk and Alek Thomas singled the other way with one out.

Geraldo Perdomo attempted to bunt on a 99 mph fastball up in the zone and popped it straight up for the second out.

The game fell into Ketel Marte’s hands, and he built quite the at-bat despite falling behind 0-2. Thomas took second without a throw to get the go-ahead run in scoring position.

On a 3-2 pitch, Duran threw a splitter called for strike three on the outside corner, further away than the previous pitch called a ball. The pitch was outside MLB.com’s default strike zone, as Marte took a step toward first. The call left Corbin Carroll on deck.

Merrill Kelly gave the D-backs another quality start with six innings and two earned runs. He struck out nine batters, one shy of his season high and the most since he returned from the injured list on July 25. He stranded the bases loaded by striking out Michael A. Taylor in the second inning, but the Twins bit him for two solo homers. He exited the game with 93 pitches, while the score was 2-2.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. gave Arizona an early lead with a solo shot in the second inning off Twins starter Bailey Ober. It was his second home run of the road trip and fourth extra-base hit.

Twins third baseman Jorge Polanco went yard in the third, but Arizona responded with a catcher Jose Herrera RBI jam shot single in the fourth to regain the advantage, 2-1.

Kelly tossed a pair of scoreless innings before outfielder Max Kepler tied the game with another solo home run in the sixth.

Scott McGough entered for Kelly in the seventh, and his fourth pitch was shot to deep right by Taylor. It was a high fastball in a 1-2 count that landed on the porch in right, 364 feet away.

McGough exited with the bases loaded and two outs, but Luis Frias escaped the mess with a strikeout.

Christian Walker singled with one out in the eighth and skipped over to second on a ball in the dirt, but that was as far as he got. The D-backs were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position through eight and 1-for-7 in the game.

What’s next?

Ryne Nelson will start for the Diamondbacks against Minnesota’s Kenta Maeda on Saturday.

First pitch was moved from 4:10 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. for a Twins Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Joe Mauer.

Catch the game on 98.7, the Arizona Sports app and ArizonaSports.com. 

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