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D-backs Rey Fuentes hits first career home run on Sunday

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 17: Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo (17) high fives Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Reymond Fuentes (14) during the MLB game between New York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 17, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin French/Icon Sportswire)
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Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Rey Fuentes hit his first career home run on Sunday afternoon, giving the Diamondbacks a 5-4 lead in extra innings over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The D-backs held on for the victory.

Fuentes took Phillies’ right-hander Jeanmar Gomez deep to center field in the top of the 10th inning.

The 26-year-old Fuentes, who is also a cousin of Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran, is in his third major-league season. He entered Sunday with 149 career plate appearances, owning a lifetime slash line of .236/.277/.279.

He was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first round (28th pick overall) of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Fuentes spent just two years in the Red Sox’s organization before making his way to the San Diego Padres in 2011. He was part of the deal that brought Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox.

While he disappointed during his first few years in the minor leagues, Fuentes finally broke out in 2013, posting a slash line of .312/.391/.428 with seven home runs, 54 RBI, 32 doubles, five triples and 38 stolen bases.

That production earned him a trip to the majors with the Padres, but Fuentes slashed just .152/.222/.152 over 36 plate appearances in 23 games.

By 2015, Fuentes found himself in the Kansas City Royals’ farm system, where he had another good year by slashing .313/.371/.431 with 10 long balls and 61 RBI.

He had a cup of coffee with the Royals’ major-league club in 2016 before finally arriving in Arizona this season.

The Diamondbacks are now 44-26 and sit one-half game behind the Colorado Rockies for first place in the competitive National League West.

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