Auburn native Tim Locastro had a pair of hits for the second game in a row to help the Arizona Diamondbacks win the series opener against the Texas Rangers.
Locastro, who started in left field and batted ninth, went 2-for-4 at the plate in the Diamondbacks' 9-2 win Tuesday night. It's the seventh multi-hit game of his major league career.
Locastro's first hit came in the fifth inning. He lined a single to left and later scored on Ketel Marte's RBI single.
In the ninth inning, Locastro and the Diamondbacks added some insurance runs. His second hit of the game was an infield single. He hit a grounder to the left side of the infield and used his speed to reach base.
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Locastro stole second base for his eighth stolen base of the season. With runners on second and third, Diamondbacks right fielder Jarrod Dyson hit a grounder to second. Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor threw home to try and get the lead runner out, but catcher Tim Federowicz couldn't corral the throw and the ball rolled away. Locastro scored on the play for his second run of the game.
With the two-hit game, Locastro raised his batting average to .254 — it was .236 before the All-Star break — and his on-base percentage is up to .377. He has 20 runs scored this season.
The Diamondbacks (48-47) finish the two-game series against the Rangers Wednesday night. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m.