Diamondbacks take rubber match from Reds
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Goldschmidt and Didi Gregorius hit two-run homers on Wednesday, boosting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Goldschmidt, who was mired in a 1-for-18 slump heading into his third at-bat of the game, hit his 19th of the season to break a scoreless deadlock in the sixth. Gregorius added a crucial shot in the top of the ninth inning to make it 5-1 before the Reds rallied in the home half to make things interesting.
Eury De La Rosa started the bottom of the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Billy Hamilton. Ramon Santiago then drew a one-out walk before closer Addison Reed came on and served up a three-run homer to Devin Mesoraco that trimmed the deficit to 5-4 with two outs. Reed responded by striking out Ryan Ludwick to preserve the game and earn his 26th save of the year.
"We fell short. The game got away from us a little bit there at the end and they made it just far enough that we weren't able to tie the game or win it," said Reds manager Bryan Price.
Wade Miley (7-7) pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings for Arizona, which won a series at Great American Ball Park for the first time since 2011. Miley said his command got better as the game went on.
"Early on I was just kind of fighting. I didn't feel very good," said Miley.
It was manager Kirk Gibson's 337th victory with the Diamondbacks, matching Bob Melvin's franchise record.
Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon (12-6) was charged with two runs on six hits over seven innings of work, as he fell to 0-3 since the All-Star break with the loss.
The Reds own baseball's worst record since the break, winning just twice in 12 games.
Aaron Hill was 0-for-9 lifetime against Simon before reaching base on an infield single with one out in the sixth. Goldschmidt then smashed a liner that snuck over the wall in left.
David Peralta tripled to start the visiting eighth against Monday's losing pitcher J.J. Hoover. After Hill popped up and Goldschmidt was walked intentionally, Mark Trumbo lifted a sacrifice fly to left for a 3-0 advantage.
The Reds, who stranded runners in all but one of the first seven innings, got on the board in the home eighth with Skip Schumaker doubling in Brayan Pena.
Gregorius had two hits in all three games during the series ... Reds outfielder Jay Bruce missed his second straight game since being placed on the bereavement list. He is eligible to return to the lineup Friday in Miami ... Miley is 4-1 over his last six starts ... This was the first time Cincinnati scored more than three runs since the break ... The Reds finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.
07/30 22:57:53 ET