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Diamondbacks 3, Reds 5

One bad inning from Randall Delgado was enough to send the opening game of the important series Cincinnati's way.

Joe Robbins

About the best thing you can say for Delgado's performance tonight was that he saved the bullpen from significant further punishment, as they only had to work two innings tonight. However, that pesky fourth inning proved to be the D-backs Kryptonite again, as the Reds got to our starter quickly, scoring three runs in only eight pitches. Delgado ended up working six innings, and allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts: Joe Thatcher and Will Harris combined to put up two scoreless innings of relief.

The offense struggled to do much against Bronson Arroyo, though Aaron Hill briefly tied the game at one in the top of the fourth with his ninth homer. After falling 5-1 down, the Diamondbacks scored two and had the tying run on base in the sixth, courtesy of Martin Prado's single with the bases loaded, but they could get no closer. A leadoff single in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman provided brief hope, until a double-play snuffed it out. The loss drops us six behind the Reds in the wild-card, though the Dodgers are about to lose in Miami.

Same two teams tomorrow, with Patrick Corbin going for the Diamondbacks.