The early pattern of the game was very familiar. David Peralta again drove in the game's opening run, with an RBI single in the first. However, the Reds then came back to take the lead with a two-run frame, in the fourth. Fortunately, this is where the script underwent its own rewrite, as the Diamondbacks then responded with a pair of tallies in the bottom of the fifth, to retake the lead, on hits by Peralta and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Patrick Corbin then took the ball out for the seventh, but it was probably too far, as back-to-back doubles tied the game. He ended up working six innings, scattering seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
The D-backs bullpen tidied things up, in the shape of Andrew Chafin and David Hernandez, before Daniel Hudson, Brad Ziegler and Josh Collmenter took us through the bottom of the tenth. Paul Goldschmidt reached base for the fourth time (three hits and a walk) and Peralta followed with his fifth hit. Saltalamacchia bunted them on, Jake Lamb walked and Chris Owings blasted a ball over the loaded bases for the win. But wait! Neither Peralta nor Lamb touched their respective next base before celebrating, so could have been forced out. Fortunately, a security guard had got the ball, tossing it back to the Reds, which I think made for an automatic double. Still awaiting confirmation on that!
freeland will be along in a bit with the full recap, which should be interesting, but for now, it's a series win!