Grit Index: D-backs score four runs in the 12th inning to defeat the Yankees
The Arizona Diamondbacks were able to salvage the final game of their three-game set against the Yankees in New York, but not without some late-inning drama.
D-backs' closer J.J. Putz blew the save in the ninth inning, surrendering a game-tying solo home run to Francisco Cervelli.
But, Arizona rallied for four runs in the 12th inning, highlighted by Cody Ross' RBI single and Eric Chavez's three-run double to defeat the Bronx Bombers by the score of 6-4.
Rookie shortstop Didi Gregorius stole the spotlight in his first game with the D-backs. Gregorius roped the first pitch he saw as a D-back into the right field stands. The 23-year-old went 2-for-5 with a home run, double and RBI in his Arizona debut.
Gregorius started the season on the disabled list with a strained right elbow. He was re-instated by the team after Aaron Hill was sent to the DL. Gregorius hit .387 during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno.
D-backs' starter Patrick Corbin saw a strong outing spoiled against the Yankees. The 23-year-old southpaw surrendered just one run on two hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
The lone run Corbin gave up was a solo home run to Robinson Cano in the sixth inning, which snapped a streak of 15 consecutive scoreless frames.
Putz blew his second save of the season against the Yankees, spoiling Corbin's gem.
Despite the late barrage of runs, left fielder A.J. Pollock went 0-for-6 and second baseman Cliff Pennington went 0-for-4 in the contest.
• Heath Bell, who pitched the 11th inning, got his first win as a member of the D-backs.
• Paul Goldschmidt has now reached base safely in all 15 games. He went 3-for-5 in the contest.
• There were quite a few oddities in Thursday's series finale, including two catcher interference calls and one fan catching two home run balls.
The D-backs continue their road trip in Colorado on Friday night. Right-hander Ian Kennedy will get the start for Arizona. He will be opposed by right-hander Jhoulys Chacin of the Rockies. First pitch is set for 5:40 p.m.
Daria Del Colliano, Web Content Editor - ArizonaSports.com
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