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Vershow, Smith help Arizona win 11-7 over Detroit

PHOENIX ( Associated Press) – Daulton Varsho hit a three-run homer, Pavin Smith had four hits and three RBIs in his career and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided a series sweep with an 11-7 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

David Peralta also had three hits for Arizona, breaking a five-game losing streak with a total of 13 hits on Sunday. Varshaw’s homer was his 10th of the season, and came in the sixth inning of a five-run run for Arizona.

Former American League Cy Young champ Dallas Keuchel made his debut for Arizona on June 6 after being signed to a minor-league contract. He conceded six hits and four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, while scoring three of seven.

Diamondbacks manager Tore Lovulo 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 someone who has won Cy Young, I was thrilled to hear him say this because I knew he was up to the challenge,” Lavullo said. “It was nice to see Dallas out there. He was attacking the field… I am very pleased with what I saw, preparing to take command of the baseball, throw it where he wants.”

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But Lovulo did not commit to making another start to Ketchell, saying the Diamondbacks need to “evaluate things” first. The Diamondbacks have two days off this week, reducing the need for a No. 5 starter.

Reliever JB Wendelken (2-1) scored the win for Arizona despite giving away two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Keuchel said there were more benefits to his outing than the opposition. He made 13 swings and misses but also had to bowl 98 pitches.

“It’s easy to develop a bad habit and really break that bad habit or maintain it with a good habit,” Keschel said. “The last 15 to 20 starts have been a whirlwind for me, a lot of roller coaster rides…had a great experience today. You don’t get 13 swings and miss out only to be lucky. Lots of uncompetitive pitches outside of the pitch. The size was great.”

Detroit starter Beau Briske allowed five hits and five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Will West (1-2) conceded defeat, allowing four hits and five earned runs in an innings of work.

Arizona sent eight batters to the plate in the sixth inning. Smith had an RBI single, rookie Buddy Kennedy scored a run with a sacrificial fly, and Varshaw made a 1-0 change over the pool to West over the right field fence to score Christian Walker and Peralta.

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“The key blow for me was Dalton Varshaw’s three-run homer,” said Lovulo. “It really gave us a big cushion and broke the game open, but it was set up by quality batting after quality bat.”

The Diamondbacks took a 5-3 lead at the bottom of the fourth innings on an RBI single by Josh Rojas and Smith took a two-run single by reliever Alex Lang, who came to Briske’s relief.

Detroit came back on top of fifth and took a 6-5 lead. Keuchel was lifted after leaving a one-out walk to Riley Green, and Wendelken drove Spencer Torkelson and gave Eric Haase a three-run homer in the first pitch.

roster moves

The Diamondbacks selected RHP Sean Poppen for Triple-A Reno after Saturday’s game to make room for Keuchel and named RHP Ryan Weiss for the assignment.

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Tigers: Detroit LHP Tariq Scoble (5-5, 3.63) takes on San Francisco LHP Carlos Rodan (6-4, 2.70) in the first match of a three-match series on Tuesday.

Diamondbacks: Arizona RHP Zack Gallen (4-2, 2.92) will start a three-match series against San Diego on Tuesday. The Padres have not announced their starter.

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