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Anderson, Diamondbacks beat White Sox 5-1
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Recalled Tuesday from Double-A Mobile, Anderson (1-0) hadn’t seen any action until getting the start Sunday. He retired 12 consecutive batters at one point and yielded one run and only two hits in 5 1-3 innings while striking out six, helping Arizona win for the fourth time in five games and secure its third consecutive series for the first time since June 2012.
Anderson, 26, was Arizona’s ninth-round selection in the 2009 draft and made it to Triple-A last season before going back to Double-A this year, where he was 4-2 with an 0.69 ERA.
“After I threw the first pitches, I was like, OK, this is the same game and it calmed me down right there,” Anderson said. “I just tried to attack the hitters. It was fun.”
“He had all his pitches working,” Gibson said. “He just hit his spots.”
Anderson wasn’t the only positive development for Arizona, which improved to 6-3 in May after a dreadful 9-19 in April.
Brad Ziegler threw a perfect eighth to extend his scoreless-outings streak to 18 over 17 1-3 innings.
Anderson was backed by homers from Parra and Montero. Parra’s fifth-inning drive off Hector Noesi (0-3) gave Arizona a 3-0 lead, and Montero’s with one out in the ninth off Frank Francisco pushed the Diamondbacks‘ advantage to 5-1.
“We knew we were a better team than what we showed,” Montero said.
“(Anderson) threw well but it was pretty uninspired by us all the way through,” Ventura said. “It started from the first play of the game and continued on and it stunk, pretty much the whole thing. Hector pitched a heck of a game to at least give us a chance, everything else stunk.”
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