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PHOENIX (AP) - David Peralta opened eyes in spring training with his aggressiveness and all-out style.
When he continued to have success in the minors, the Arizona Diamondbacks brought him up from Double-A Mobile for a shot at the major leagues.
The big jump hasn’t slowed him one bit.
Peralta drove in three runs and extended his hitting streak to eight games, helping Arizona run over the Miami Marlins 9-1 on Monday night.
“We knew what he was about and how he played the game and his swing, but to come up from Double-A and do what he’s doing is pretty impressive,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.
Called up on June 1, Peralta reeled off an eight-game hitting streak, the longest to start a career by a Diamondback. He has picked it up again over the past 12 games, hitting .386, including a two-run double in the second inning and a run-scoring triple in the fourth to put Arizona up 6-0.
Through 32 major league games, Peralta has 14 multi-hit games and is batting .330.
Not bad for a player who started his career as a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals’ system.
“It’s been unbelievable,” Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. “He came up right off the bat, had that hitting streak to start it. He’s put together really good at-bats every time.”
He wasn’t the only one hitting against the Marlins.
Arizona jumped on Tom Koehler (6-7) early, scoring five runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth.
Martin Prado homered, Miguel Montero drove in two runs and the Diamondbacks had seven extra base hits to help Chase Anderson (6-4) end a four-game losing streak.
Goldschmidt broke an Arizona record with his 33rd double before the All-Star break, extending his streak of reaching base to 28 games.
The big difference was when the hits came.
Arizona had 11 and went 5 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
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