Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to Tuesday’s 5-4 Diamondbacks win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Zack Godley talks pitching and gameplay after his team’s 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo discusses the pace his team kept during a 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about the injury that forced him to leave Sunday’s loss to the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta doesn’t think his glute injury is significant, he said. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s 6-4 loss to the Pirates on Sunday and provides updates on his injured outfielders. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta says he ‘got lucky on all accounts’ after being hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball on Friday night vs. the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, May 13, 2017.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo provides an update on catcher Chris Iannetta, who was hit in the face by a pitch during Friday’s game, before Saturday’s game. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, second baseman Brandon Drury and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to 11-4 win against the Pirates, May 12, 2017.
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Shot Clock: Colin Kaepernick is better than Blaine Gabbert, right? So why did the Cardinals not sign him? Also, Zack Greinke has his Randy Johnson moment … what does it mean for Diamondbacks?
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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke describes his night, in which he nearly threw a no-hitter against the Pirates.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to Zack Greinke’s near-no-hit performance in Thursday’s win over the Pirates.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Godley and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 7-1 win.
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Manager Torey Lovullo and left-hander Robbie Ray react to the 7-3 loss.
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azcentral sports’ Sarah McLellan and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ difficulties on the road and the NBA’s big issue in the playoffs.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says defensive miscues cost them in a 5-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his outing vs. the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin was charged with eight runs in four-plus innings against the Rockies on Saturday night.
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Manager Torey Lovullo didn’t think his team played fundamentally sound in Saturday night’s 9-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in seven innings in a win over the Rockies on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s win over the Rockies on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on Braden Shipley’s outing and his offense’s struggles vs. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Braden Shipley gave up three runs in four-plus innings against the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s inability to come up with a hit in a key situation on Wednesday night, May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray had everything working but still came away with a loss on Wednesday night in D.C., May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said his pitching staff did well to hold the Nationals to three runs on Tuesday night.
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Taijuan Walker didn’t blame a small strike zone for his abbreviated, 4 2/3-inning outing on Tuesday night.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Rockets’ explosion against the Spurs and a possible pitching implosion for the Diamondbacks.
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Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock speaks about the controversial call that went against him in the 10th inning of Arizona’s win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks’ Daniel Descalso talks about his two-run, walk-off homer to beat the Rockies in the 13th inning on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s strong pitching fueling Arizona’s walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin talks about his strong, scoreless outing against the Rockies in Sunday’s win. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney talks about his outing vs. the Rockies, and says he’ll have no trouble bouncing back from his latest setback. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about his start on Saturday night, in which he allowed three earned runs in six-plus innings vs. the Rockies. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller explains his decision to undergo Tommy John surgery, April 29, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Robbie Ray and catcher Chris Iannetta react to the loss.
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Chris Owings talks about the first multi-homer game of his career, and how he’s feeling at the plate after homering three times in the past four games.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker says his fastball was working well for him on Thursday night.
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller says he has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and that Tommy John surgery is an option, April 27, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday’s blown save against San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to the Padres’ comeback win.
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Wednesday night’s game against the Padres drew the smallest crowd in Diamondbacks history.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to Tuesday’s win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and shortstop Chris Owings react to Monday’s home win over the Padres. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller did not provide many details on his elbow injury on Monday, but he is planning to receive a second opinion on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about arm injury suffered during the 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, April 23, 2017. (Scott Bordow/azcentral sports)
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David Peralta talks about the Diamondbacks’ offense and his record-setting four doubles Saturday.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray talks after his team’s 11-5 victory over the Dodgers.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker, shortstop Chris Owings and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to the 13-5 win.
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First baseman Paul Goldschmidt says the Diamondbacks couldn’t string together enough hits against the Padres on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-1 loss to the Padres and their 4-6 road trip through San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
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Even as things are going wrong for the Diamondbacks, they’re still going right. For the second night in a row, they were without two-thirds of their starting outfield but still managed to produce enough offense. Their ace wasn’t really on his game but still pitched well enough to win.
And, best of all, the Diamondbacks managed to pull off an accidental steal of home, executing a double steal when they hadn’t even called for one to produce an unexpected run that turned out to be crucial in their 5-4 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
“I want to sound like we’re geniuses,” manager Torey Lovullo said, “but that was definitely not the play we wanted to run.”
Zack Greinke was more human this time, his command less pristine than in recent starts, but he managed to work into the seventh inning. Yasmany Tomas continued to swing the bat well, lining an opposite-field, solo homer in the sixth to generate what turned out to be an important insurance run. Gregor Blanco produced his first big hit in a Diamondbacks uniform, a two-run single to give his team its first lead of the night.
But the night’s most interesting sequence came with Chris Owings at first and Paul Goldschmidt at third with two out in the third inning.
Owings broke from first on a 1-1 pitch to Tomas but stopped in his tracks about three-quarters of the way to second. Mets second baseman Neil Walker took the throw down and ran toward Owings.
With Owings in a rundown, Goldschmidt waited for Walker to throw to Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, at which point he broke home. Duda fired home but his throw was off target, and Goldschmidt slid in safely.
Goldschmidt said he was thinking he’d rather make an out trying to score than allow Owings to be tagged out harmlessly between first and second.
“If I get out, then I get out,” he said. “I was just trying to look for an opportune time to break home. I almost went early. Their second baseman, Walker, stopped me, but once he gave it up I had to take a chance there when Duda got the ball.”
Said Owings: “Like Goldy said, we just kind of picked the coaches up right there. We were, I guess, trying to put something on and maybe didn’t get sent over to the other side, but we made the most of it and Goldy made a really good read.”
Duda’s poor throw home wasn’t his first. In Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, the Royals’ Eric Hosmer stole the game-tying run in the ninth when Duda made a wild throw home.
But the Diamondbacks weren’t trying to test Duda’s arm. What were they trying to do? Nothing, according to Lovullo.
“It was blind luck,” he said.
Lovullo said the Diamondbacks coaches got their signs crossed somehow.
“I’m going to wear that one,” he said. “That was absolutely my fault. … We have that play. We do. But that wasn’t the right time for it. …
“So if the play was on and we were supposed to run it the right way, that is not how we run it. We got lucky.”
The win gave the Diamondbacks their first series victory since taking three of four from the San Diego Padres April 24-27. They’ll have a chance at the sweep on Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s really pretty big,” Greinke said. “We just keep winning one, losing one. Winning two, losing two. Winning one, losing two. It just hasn’t been that great for a while. Hopefully, we keep it going a little bit. But it is definitely nice to get two in a row.”
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Mets at Diamondbacks
When: 12:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (3-4, 4.17) vs. Mets RHP Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.63).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KTAR-AM (620), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Corbin gave up four runs in six innings against the Pirates on Friday, picking up the win in a game the Diamondbacks won 11-4. … It was the sixth time in eight starts Corbin has logged at least six innings. … He has struggled against the Mets in his career, allowing 15 earned runs in 22 1/3 innings in five outings (four starts). … In his first start following a three-day suspension for reportedly not showing up to the ballpark earlier this month, Harvey gave up five runs in five innings against the Brewers. … Harvey’s past three starts have been rough; he’s given up 17 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings, with 13 walks and nine strikeouts. … He’s thrown twice at Chase Field; it was the site of his major league debut in 2012 (5 1/3 innings, no runs), and he gave up just two runs in seven innings in a game in 2015.
Friday: At San Diego, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (3-3, 3.91) vs. Padres RHP Jered Weaver (0-4, 6.05).
Saturday: At San Diego, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-3, 4.57) vs. Padres RHP Luis Perdomo (0-0, 4.19).
Sunday: At San Diego, 1:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (1-0, 1.93) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (2-4, 4.34)*.
*– Stats entering Tuesday.