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National League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, May 29th (All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (23-28) at Arizona Diamondbacks (22-33), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Tony Cingrani (2-4, 4.06) Arizona - Josh Collmenter (3-2, 3.91)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds will try to take another incremental step toward becoming a respectable road team on Thursday night when they travel to Chase Field to begin a four-game weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cincinnati hasn't won back-to-back games away from home since taking three straight in Pittsburgh last April -- going 4-10 since that series -- but the Reds got the first half of the task accomplished on Wednesday with a 3-2 road defeat of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The victory ended a four-game losing skid for the Reds, thanks to starter Homer Bailey, who allowed two runs on five hits, fanned six and walked one over seven effective innings. Three relievers finished off the victory, including Aroldis Chapman, who struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his fifth save.
Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer for the Reds.
"It feels good just to come through for the team and do something positive to get us going in the right direction," Phillips said.
Cincinnati starter Tony Cingrani enters with a chance to end a two-start skid.
The lefty missed two weeks with shoulder tendinitis, and has since lost consecutive decisions in which he's given up four runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings.
His last start was a 6-3 loss on Saturday against St. Louis.
Cingrani was also dinged up in his only previous meeting with the Diamondbacks, who touched him for two hits in 3 2/3 innings last August before he exited with a strained lower back.
Meanwhile, Arizona righty Josh Collmenter aims to extend a streak that's saw him win two straight starts.
He picked up his third win of the season on Saturday against the New York Mets after allowing two runs in six innings of a 3-2 triumph.
He's faced the Reds three times in his career in relief roles, allowing a single run and striking out eight batters in 6 2/3 innings.
On Wednesday in Arizona, Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado each homered and knocked in three runs as the Diamondbacks took down the San Diego Padres, 12-6, thanks to an eight-run first inning. Ender Inciarte and A.J. Pollock had two RBI apiece for the Diamondbacks and Chris Owings went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Arizona starter Chase Anderson (3-0) allowed four runs -- one earned -- on eight hits over five innings. He became the first D'backs rookie to win his first three starts.
Cincinnati won four of its seven meetings with the D'backs last season.
05/29 10:24:42 ET
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