Cincinnati scored first, but the D-backs blew leads of 4-1 and 8-4. The first came courtesy of a meltdown by Tyler Widener in the sixth, who gave up three runs in fewer than ten pitches. He went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk with seven Ks. Arizona retook the lead with a four-run seventh, but the D-backs bullpen couldn’t hold it, as Cincinnatti unleashed the long ball, homering no less than six times. We ended nine level, and like yesterday, the Diamondbacks exploded in the tenth. They scored six, including a bases clearing triple by David Peralta and a two-run HR for Carson Kelly. The Reds scored three and got the tying run to the plate before Joey Votto struck out to give Arizona the sweep.
Peralta had also homered earlier. He ended the day with five hits and SEVEN RBI, becoming the second D-back to manage the double (after Shea Hillenbrand’s three homer game in July 2003). Kelly also tied a franchise record with ten consecutive games drawing at least one walk. Mr. Burt will be along with the full recap in a bit. No shortage of stuff to talk about, in a game which lasted four hours and twenty-six minutes, as Arizona climbs back to within one of Mt. .500.