Ari­zona ends record run of medi­ocrity

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The Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs had an ab­so­lutely amaz­ing run of be­ing aver­age. In a strange Ma­jor League Base­ball record that’s the epit­ome of OK, the Di­a­mond­backs were within two games of .500 – plus or mi­nus – for 60 games from June 18 un­til Fri­day night, when they beat the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 5-4 to im­prove to 69-66.

It’s a run that was partly en­cour­ag­ing and partly frus­trat­ing for Ari­zona man­ager Torey Lovullo.

“I’ve talked about it be­ing like a dune buggy on a sandy road in the Sa­hara Desert,” Lovullo said. “Even though I’ve never been to the Sa­hara Desert, I can imag­ine there are some sand dunes there. You’re just bounc­ing up and down and try­ing to do the best thing to elim­i­nate that noise and that rat­tle.”

Ari­zona has a clu­brecord 59 starts from rookie pitch­ers. De­spite this, the Di­a­mond­backs en­tered Satur­day with a run dif­fer­en­tial of plus-68, fifth in the Na­tional League, and thus had an ex­pected win-loss record of 13 games above .500 (74-61), ac­cord­ing to MLB.com.

No­table

Cubs: 1B An­thony Rizzo (tight back) re­turned to the lineup af­ter miss­ing four games. The three­time All-Star also missed four games in May with a back ail­ment.

Yan­kees: LHP CC Sa­bathia (right knee in­flam­ma­tion) was placed on the in­jured list Satur­day for the fourth time this year. Sa­bathia, 39, hopes to re­turn dur­ing his fi­nal sea­son. In­di­ans: LF Tyler Naquin suf­fered a torn ACL in his right knee af­ter crash­ing into the wall Fri­day against Tampa Bay, the sec­ond ma­jor in­jury the team has suf­fered in a week. Naquin was carted off af­ter rob­bing Joey Wen­dle of a po­ten­tial home run. Cleve­land re­called 1B/ OF Jake Bauers, who hit for the cy­cle in June, from Triple-A Colum­bus. … Hal Naragon, 90, who caught three Hall of Fame pitch­ers on Cleve­land’s 1954 AL cham­pi­onship team, died Satur­day in Bar­ber­ton, Ohio.

Rays: Tampa Bay will host a sin­gle-ad­mis­sion dou­ble­header against Bal­ti­more on Tues­day with Hur­ri­cane Do­rian loom­ing. Wed­nes­day’s game at Trop­i­cana Field was moved up a day.

High­lights

Yan­kees 4, Ath­let­ics 3 (11): DJ LeMahieu home­red on the first pitch in the bot­tom of the 11th in­ning, and New York beat vis­it­ing Oak­land for the first time in five tries this sea­son by hitting four solo shots.

Mets 6, Phillies 3: Wil­son Ramos matched his ca­reer high with four hits and ex­tended his hitting streak to 24 games to help New York.

Blue Jays 6, Astros 4: Ca­van Big­gio and Teoscar Her­nan­dez each hit a two-run home run, and Big­gio – the son of Hous­ton Hall of Famer Craig Big­gio – drove in three runs for Toronto in a win over the Astros. Car­di­nals 10, Reds 6: Dakota Hud­son pitched a ca­reer-high 72⁄3 in­nings, and Dex­ter Fowler and Yadier Molina home­red as St. Louis won a dou­ble­header opener. Brew­ers 2, Cubs 0: Manny Pina drove in two runs with a first-in­ning sin­gle, and Josh Hader fin­ished a strong per­for­mance by Mil­wau­kee’s bullpen.

ROSS D. FRANKLIN AP

Ari­zona’s Tim Lo­cas­tro reaches first base with the go-ahead run af­ter a strike­out in the eighth in­ning against the Dodgers on Fri­day in Phoenix.

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