NEW YORK, NY. – Ray returned to the major leagues for the first time since being hit in the head with a line drive on July 28th off the bat of Luke Voit of the St. Louis Cardinals, suffering a concussion. His performance saw him strike out nine batters and only allowing one run in five innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks (70-58) beat the New York Mets (55-71) 3-2 at Citi Field in front of 25,284 fans in attendance.
Both Ray and the Diamondbacks know how fortunate he is to be pitching Thursday. “Very thankful that I didn’t get hurt any more than I did, and I’m just glad to be back out there,” Ray said.
On having number 38 back on the bump and competing “I thought it was a really special day for us, and we won a big series. It’s good to have Robbie back. There’s that old familiar feeling that he was giving every one of us, just pounding the zone, we really loved everything that he did. We welcome him back with open arms,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.
Before the game, Ray (10-5) was reinstated from the disabled list allowing him to make the start. The only lasting effect from the concussion is small scar just above his temple.
The All-Star left-hander is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in four starts against the Mets.
New York jumped out to an early lead in the fourth inning when Yoenis Cespedes launched a solo home run, his 17th of the season, pretty much the lone mistake Ray made on the day.
Arizona scored two runs in the fifth to take the lead 2-1 highlighted by Gregor Blanco and Ketel Marte doing the damage.
Adding on in the sixth, when the Diamondbacks Brandon Drury singled to drive in Paul Goldschmidt, making the score 3-1.
The Mets added a single run in the seventh inning, cutting the deficit to 3-2, which would be the final score.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth inning for his 30th save.
Next up for the Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke (14-6, 3.16 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday as Arizona hosts Ty Blach (8-9, 4.59 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants.