Varsho, Smith help drive Arizona’s 11-7 win over Detroit

by | Jun 26, 2022 | Sports

PHOENIX — Daulton Varsho hit a three-run homer, Pavin Smith had a career-high four hits and three RBIs and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided a series sweep with a 11-7 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.David Peralta also had three hits for Arizona, which snapped a five-game losing streak and had 13 total hits Sunday. Varsho’s homer was his 10th of the season, and came in a five-run sixth inning for Arizona. Former American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel made his debut for Arizona after being signed to a minor-league contract on June 6. He gave up six hits and four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while striking out seven and walking three. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said he was surprised before the game when Keuchel, an 11-year veteran, told him he was nervous. Keuchel said that as he was about to throw his first pitch his heart rate “just started skyrocketing.”“For somebody who’s won a Cy Young I was kind of thrilled to hear him say that because I knew he was ready for this challenge,” Lovullo said. “It was nice to see Dallas get out there. He was attacking the zone … I’m very pleased with what I saw, the preparation to command the baseball, throw it where he wants to.”But Lovullo would not commit to Keuchel making another start, saying the Diamond …

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