Both starters were on their game in the early going, the offenses appearing to find it as hard to get out of bed as I did. There was no scoring through five innings, until Goldschmidt happened in the top of the sixth, Paul jumping on a pitch for his 19th home-run of the season, with Aaron Hill aboard. Arizona added on a third run in the eighth, on a Mark Trumbo sacrifice fly, and then took the game out of Reed range in the ninth as Didi Gregorius uncorked another two-run shot, his fourth of the season. Gregorius, Parra and David Peralta each had two hits, with Parra also walking.
Meanwhile, Wade Miley rebounded nicely from his previous outing, despite not having his best stuff, managing only one strikeout. He scattered seven hits and walked an uncharacteristically high four over 6.2 innings, but kept the Reds off the board, making pitches when he needed them. Evan Marshall finished off the seventh, but Brad Ziegler lost the shutout in the bottom of the eighth, on two hits and a walk - it might have been worse, but for the traditional Ziegler double-play. Eury de la Rosa then came on for the ninth, put two men on base, which allowed Addison Reed to give up a three-run homer and still get the save.
Arizona returns home for what looks like a tough four-game series against the Pirates at Chase. Tomorrow's game starts at a far more civilized hour, 6:40pm. Full recap in a bit, but I've got to finish writing 1,000 words on Queen of Swords first.