D-Backs beat Reds, 11-7
Published 12:16 am Monday, August 24, 2015
Cincinnati (AP) — Not long after the Reds celebrated their glory years with the dedication of a Tony Perez statue, the current team was on its way to another loss.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a pair of two-run homers, Ender Inciarte homered and drove in three runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on for an 11-7 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday night.
The Diamondbacks reached Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani for 10 hits and six runs in five innings. It was the 23rd straight start by a rookie pitcher.
It started off on the wrong foot while the Reds’ pregame ceremony was still fresh in their minds. Inciarte hit the first pitch of the game for a home run, his fourth of the season and first career leadoff homer. Goldschmidt followed two batters later with a two-run shot, his 23rd of the season.
“It wasn’t what I had planned,” DeSclafani said. “They were aggressive in the first inning. They were aggressive all night. I didn’t have an off-speed pitch to back them up.”
DeSclafani (7-9) finished with no walks and four strikeouts.
Goldschmidt, who hadn’t homered since July 27, had the seventh multihomer game of his career and finished with four hits and three runs.
The Diamondbacks matched last season’s total of 31 road wins while sending the Reds to their eighth consecutive loss — one shy of matching the team’s longest of the season.
“DeSclafani threw some good two-strike pitches but did a nice job of fouling them off,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We battled back but they did what we’ve been talking about all season. They added on and got that separation.”
All-Star center fielder A.J. Pollock followed his back-to-back, four-hit games by going 3 for 5 and scoring two runs. Chris Owings went 3 for 4 to improve to 8 for 12 over the first three games of the four-game series.
Zack Godley (4-0) allowed one run in 3 2-3 relief innings for the win. Daniel Hudson got the final two outs for his second save.
Todd Frazier got the Reds on the board with an RBI single in the first, and after Pollock scored on a double-play ball in the third for a 4-1 lead, Jay Bruce produced a two-run double and scored on Brennan Boesch’s double for a 4-all tie, knocking Randall Delgado out of the game.
Reds: LHP Aroldis Chapman remained day-to-day with an undisclosed shoulder issue. The problem wasn’t severe enough to place Chapman on the disabled list, manager Bryan Price said, but he couldn’t pinpoint when Chapman might be ready.
Ryan LaMarre, the Reds’ second-round draft choice in 2010, was 0 for 5 in his major league debut but made a nice diving catch to rob Chris Owings in the sixth inning.
“He made some nice catches,” Price said. “We told him he was the center fielder and not to defer to the corner outfielders.”
DEFER TO HALL OF FAMER
Fellow Cuban native Brayan Pena was picked to catch the first pitch by Perez in pregame ceremonies but handed the mitt to Bench instead.
“It was a thrill to meet a legend from my country,” Pena said. “Johnny Bench has been good to me, too. Who better to catch that first pitch?”