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Arizona at Oakland
When: 4:05 PM ET, Saturday, May 26, 2018
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California

The Arizona Diamondbacks turned to the top four batters in their lineup to end their seven-game slide and hope the production continues Saturday, when they visit the Oakland Athletics for the middle contest of their three-game interleague set. Arizona posted just its second win in 15 games, a 7-1 victory in the series opener that came after it began its nine-game road trip with six losses.

David Peralta, Nick Ahmed, John Ryan Murphy and Paul Goldschmidt combined to go 7-for-18 with a homer, six RBIs and four runs scored for the Diamondbacks, who registered four runs and 10 hits during a three-game sweep in Milwaukee during the week. Goldschmidt doubled and tripled for his first multi-hit performance since going 3-for-5 at Philadelphia on April 26. Oakland recorded only five hits in Friday's setback as it fell to 1-3 on its 10-game homestand. Mark Canha drove in the lone run for the Athletics as he went deep to end his eight-game home-run drought.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FS Arizona, NBCS California (Oakland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks RH Clay Buchholz (0-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Daniel Mengden (4-4, 3.30)

Buchholz made his 2018 debut on Sunday and settled for a no-decision at New York despite limiting the Mets to one run and two hits in five innings of his third start since 2016. The 33-year-old Texan had not pitched in the majors since April 11, 2017, when he was tagged by New York for six runs and eight hits over 2 1/3 frames in his second and final turn for Philadelphia. Buchholz has posted a 6.85 ERA but owns a 4-2 record in nine career starts against Oakland.

Mengden is coming off back-to-back road victories, including an outing at Toronto on Sunday in which he allowed just two hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings. The 25-year-old, who also hails from the Lone Star State, has not fared well at home as he is 1-11 with a 5.13 ERA in 17 career turns at Oakland Coliseum. Mengden has yet to face Arizona but is 3-3 with his lone complete game - a shutout - and a 3.74 ERA in seven interleague starts.

WALK-OFFS

1. Athletics RHP Santiago Casilla exited Friday's contest with a strained right shoulder and likely will be placed on the disabled list.

2. Arizona OF Chris Owings was the only player in the starting lineup without a hit in the opener and is 0-for-20 over his last five games.

3. Oakland traded Wilmer Font to Tampa Bay on Friday for fellow RHP Peter Bayer.

PREDICTION: Athletics 6, Diamondbacks 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Arizona 26-24 W1 14-12 12-12 4-9 3-6 16-8 3-1
Oakland 26-25 L1 12-12 14-13 12-4 3-0 10-19 1-2
Last Meeting
Arizona Oakland
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/25/18 ARI 7 OAK 1 .308 1 .950 .156 1 .487
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Arizona J. Lamb .667 2 1.800
Oakland M. Olson .667 2 1.750
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Arizona N. Ahmed 1 2 2
Oakland M. Canha 1 1 1
Pitching ERA Avg K
Arizona 1.00 .308 10
Oakland 7.00 .156 5
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Arizona A. Pollock .293 44 .969
Oakland J. Lowrie .313 61 .902
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Arizona A. Pollock 11 23 33
Oakland K. Davis 13 23 38
Pitching ERA Avg K
Arizona 3.35 .216 448
Oakland 4.17 .245 383