The Diamondbacks managed to avoid the sweep in Cincinnati this afternoon, riding five home-runs to victory in the series finale. Daniel Descalso got the team off to a fast start, reaching double-digits for the year with a three-run shot to center (above), giving Arizona the lead with two outs in the first. The Reds chipped away against Zack Godley, scoring single runs in the second and third - though one was unearned, due to Godley’s own error. But Goldschmidt restored the lead with his 25th home-run of the year in the sixth, making it 5-2. The ninth saw three homers: Escobar has a two-run shot, then Goldschmidt and David Peralta went back-to-back.
Godley was more than good enough, making good use of a straight change-up this afternoon. He went 6.2 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Brad Ziegler got the final out of the seventh, and Yoshihisa Hirano worked a scoreless eighth. With the game safe thanks to the four-run ninth for Arizona, Matt Andriese came in for the ninth. Goldschmidt had three hits, Jon Jay and Descalso two apiece, with Peralta walking twice in addition to his home-run.