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HOUSTON (AP) — In a stretch where the Arizona Diamondbacks feel like things haven’t been going their way , a lucky break on Friday night helped them to a much-needed win.tightening a pair of playoff races.The AL West-leading Astros had their edge cut by Oakland to 2 ½ games. Arizona moved within three games of St. Louis and Los Angeles for the second NL wild-card spot.It was 2-all when Nick Ahmed doubled off Hector Rondon (2-4) with one out in the Arizona eighth. Jay hit a two-out, tiebreaking drive into the right field corner and later scored when a flyball by A.J. Pollock dropped in shallow center field for a single.The triple by Jay came on a ball he said hit twice off his bat and that he thought was probably going to be foul.“It kind of hooked back and that’s when I realized what had happened and I just ran,” Jay said. “It fell through and … that was a big break for us right there. We needed it.”Manager Torey Lovullo was impressed with the way his team persevered.“I know that we’ve been dealing with some frustrating circumstances,” he said. “For us to come out against the world champs and play the way we did, I was really proud of these guys.”Arizona starter Robbie Ray yielded two hits and two runs with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Brad Ziegler (2-6) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Yoshihisa Hirano allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for his second save.David Peralta had three hits and drove in two runs and Paul Goldschmidt doubled twice for Arizona.Astros starter Dallas Keuchel allowed five hits and two runs in six innings.Ray retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced with Houston’s only baserunner in that span coming when he walked Carlos Correa with one out in the fourth.“It was frustrating,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “We didn’t do a ton between the first inning and the sixth inning, offensively. Ray settled in and flashed his good stuff. We did get a couple of opportunities but just couldn’t break through with the big hit.”The Diamondbacks scored twice in the first when Eduardo Escobar walked, Goldschmidt hit a ground-rule double and Peralta followed with a single.Houston came back with two in the bottom half. George Springer led off with a single, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman walked to load the bases and Yuli Gurriel hit an RBI single. A double-play grounder by Correa tied it.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: RHP Clay Buchholz, scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday with tightness in his right elbow, has a flexor strain in his right forearm and Lovullo said after the game that he won’t pitch again this season. He added that he’d have more information about his condition in the coming days. … LHP T.J. McFarland has inflammation of a bone spur around his elbow , but Lovullo said he doesn’t think that it will keep him out long.TRIPLES ON TRIPLESJay’s triple was his fifth with the Diamondbacks this season and seventh overall. It also gave Arizona 46 triples this season which leads the majors.SIPP KEEPS STRANDINGHouston left-hander Tony Sipp struck out David Peralta with two runners in scoring position in the seventh inning on Friday night. He’s now stranded 31 of 35 runners he’s inherited this season, which is the third-highest percentage in the majors.UP NEXTHouston’s Charlie Morton (14-3, 3.15 ERA) opposes Arizona’s Zack Godley (14-9, 4.67) when the series continues Saturday night. Morton has won two straight and tied his career high for wins. Godley has dropped two in a row and allowed seven hits and five runs in four innings of a loss to the Rockies in his last start. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios calls himself “a normal guy,” and his teammates describe him as “humble.”“I’m feeling proud, but not like the way, ‘Oh, I’m the guy,'” Berrios said.Two standing ovations in two home games suggest he very much is “the guy.”Minnesota’s ace pitched into the seventh inning for his first win since opening day, Trevor Hildenberger struck out two with the bases loaded for his first save and the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Sunday to complete a two-game sweep.Berrios didn’t dominate like the last time he pitched at home, when he set a club record with 10 strikeouts. He watched a two-run lead evaporate when Gordon Beckham’s two-run shot made it 2-2 in the second.But the young righty went back to his fastball and changeup, retired 11 straight and 15 of his last 17. He yielded four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts through 6 2/3 innings before being lifted for Trevor May.“The way that we adjusted shows that he’s a good pitcher Andrew Chafin Jersey , and he can adjust and make those changes when he needs to,” catcher Mitch Garver said.C.J. Cron homered and drove in three, and Eddie Rosario was a triple short of the cycle for the Twins, who have won three of four. Cron’s two-run shot in the third off starter Jordan Zimmermann (0-2) was one of seven extra-base hits for Minnesota.The Tigers wasted two late based-loaded chances.In the eighth, May was pulled for Taylor Rogers after Stewart’s no-out double scored Jeimer Candelario to make it 6-3. Greiner legged out an infield RBI single, and Rogers hit Dustin Peterson to load the bases for Ronny Rodriguez with one out. Rodriguez popped out to first, and Beckham struck out swinging.Blake Parker loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Hildenberger came on and got John Hicks and Grayson Greiner swinging.“We had some good at-bats, but we needed one more hit,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.It didn’t take Minnesota long to retake the lead after Beckham’s homer. Garver led off the second with a double to left and came around to score when Byron Buxton followed with a double of his own to the same spot.In the third, Rosario doubled and Cron followed with a liner to the left field seats for his first homer as a Twin. Zimmermann made it out of the inning, but Daniel Norris came out for the fourth and threw three scoreless innings before Rosario chased him with a solo shot in the seventh.BIG-PLAY BYRONBuxton went 2 for 4 with an RBI and raised his batting average to .324. He also made a highlight-reel catch in the third with a leaping grab while crashing into the outfield wall to rob Christin Stewart for the inning’s second out.“Those are the kind of plays that do change the game Alex Avila Jersey ,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.ZIMMERMANN’S EARLY EXITIn his shortest outing of the season, Zimmermann lasted three innings and allowed five runs and eight hits with one strikeout.“For whatever reason, my slider’s not doing what it’s supposed to do right now and just spinning,” Zimmermann said. “I don’t know if it’s me not getting out in front or what it is, but I’m going to go look at the film and see if I can figure some things out.”TRAINERS ROOMTigers: LHP Matt Moore will have surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Moore said he’s hoping for a recovery time of 4 to 6 weeks, although the Tigers won’t know a timetable until after Wednesday’s scheduled procedure in Dallas. Moore originally hurt the knee April 6 when he left in the third inning of his start against Kansas City. Since then, Moore said he’s had two setbacks. … Nicholas Castellanos sat out with an injured big right toe. … INF/OF Niko Goodrum was still recovering from an illness, and INF Josh Harrison rested with a sore left shoulder, but both were available off the bench.Twins: 3B Miguel Sano took grounders at third before the game. He’s out with a right heel laceration and is scheduled to head to Fort Myers, Florida, this week for extended spring training.UP NEXTTigers: Off Monday before hosting Pittsburgh in a two-game interleague series. LHP Matthew Boyd (1-1) takes the mound against RHP Joe Musgrove (1-1).Twins: Open a four-game set with Toronto on Monday. Martin Perez (1-0) makes his first start with Minnesota since signing with the club in January. He’s made three relief appearances and has a 7.56 ERA over 8 1/3 innings. Perez will start opposite RHP Matt Shoemaker (3-0).

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