PHOENIX — Jhoulys Chacin is headed back to the minors, but only briefly after another solid night on the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
His performance wasn't enough as the Arizona bats were mostly quiet in a 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.
Paul Goldschmidt had a particularly tough night, striking out twice and hitting into a double play, leading to a rare public display of temper from the normally stoic first baseman.
After striking out to lead off the eighth, Goldschmidt demolished his bat against the bat rack in the dugout.
"I chased one out of the zone and took strike three," he said. "... There's always frustrations when you don't get on base and don't do the job you're supposed to do."
"Hey, he's human," manager Chip Hale said.
Goldschmidt's wife is due to deliver the couple's first child any day.
Chacin, released by Colorado in spring training and signed to a minor league contract by Arizona in June, went seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
"I feel pretty good about it," he said. "I never had a doubt. I always thought that I could pitch here and get hitters out here. I just want to show people that my arm is fine, my pitches are good, just trying to get deep in games."
After the game, Chacin was optioned back to Triple-A Reno. But Hale said it was only for one start and he will be back with the big league club when the rosters expand in September.
Stephen Vogt hit a two-run splashdown homer into the Chase Field swimming pool off Chacin in the second inning. Vogt drove in the deciding run with a bloop single off Andrew Chafin (5-1) in the eighth.
The A's catcher had two passed balls that were big factors in Oakland's 6-4 loss in the series opener Friday night.
"I had a lot of steam to let off," Vogt said.
Fernando Rodriguez (4-1) pitched two innings for the victory as the A's won at Arizona for the first time since June 17, 2008.
Drew Pomeranz struck out the side in the ninth for his third save as the Diamondbacks fell to 1-5 on their homestand.
"It's just been a tough homestand all the way around," Hale said.
Arizona's Ender Inciarte matched his career best by reaching base four times — three singles and a walk. He scored one run and drove in another.
With one out in the eighth, Oakland's Mark Canha singled off the glove of second baseman Aaron Hill. The Diamondbacks intentionally walked Danny Valencia. With two outs Vogt followed with a soft fly ball in front of charging left fielder David Peralta to bring Canha home.
The Diamondbacks tied it 2-2 in the fifth. Nick Ahmed, batting ninth — behind Chacin — led off with a double off the wall in left and scored on Inciarte's single. Inciarte advanced to third on A.J. Pollock's single and scored when Goldschmidt grounded into a double play.
Vogt's home run was the 52nd to land directly in the Chase Field swimming pool since the ballpark opened in 1998. It was the 23rd hit by a non-Diamondback.
Diamondbacks: RHP Daniel Hudson was unavailable after cutting his right index finger in the ninth inning Friday night. ... RHP Jeremy Hellickson had a bullpen session canceled and a planned simulated game appearance next week pushed back after experiencing tightness in his hamstring. He has been on the 15-day DL since Aug. 17 with a strained left hamstring.
Athletics: Oakland has used the DL 20 times, two more than it did all last season.
Athletics: RHP Jesse Chavez (7-13, 4.00 ERA) starts in the series finale.
Diamondbacks: Alan Webster (1-1, 6.86) was called up from Triple-A Reno to get the start.