PHOENIX (AP) — Save for a 48-game stint as interim manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2015, Torey Lovullo is new to the job.
But the Arizona Diamondbacks’ first-year skipper made the right call in the sixth inning Wednesday night when he sent up Jeremy Hazelbaker to pinch hit for starting pitcher Taijuan Walker. Hazelbaker delivered a one-out double that gave his team the lead, and the Diamondbacks rallied for an 8-6 win over the San Francisco Giants.
“The big blow was Jeremy Hazelbaker. He put up a quality at-bat with a good approach,” Lovullo said.
Chris Owings reached safely four times and stole two bases, and the Diamondbacks scored seven consecutive runs in coming back from a three-run deficit.
A.J. Pollock went 3 for 5 with an RBI and Yasmany Tomas had two hits and an RBI to help Walker win his Diamondbacks debut despite allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings.
“We’ve had a lot of clutch hitting. We’re going to have to keep that going,” Pollock said.
Arizona has taken two of three in the four-game series.
Walker (1-0) struck out seven before the Diamondbacks turned the game over to their bullpen. Jorge De La Rosa fanned two in one inning on his 36th birthday and Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his first save with Arizona.
“Started off a little rough. Nerves. A little frustration. First start of the season,” Walker said. “Just nerves. I was kind of amped up. The last three innings I thought were really…
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