The Cincinnati Reds haven’t had much to feel good about in the first half of the season, but they’re hoping to go into the All-Star break on a high note.
The Reds look to complete a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark.
Adam Dunn hit a grand slam Saturday, helping the Reds to a 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Cincinnati, which came from behind for the second night in a row, clinched its first road series win of the season.
Sean Casey drove in two runs with a single and double, his first RBIs in 13 games, and Ray Olmedo had three hits, including a triple, for the Reds, who are 4-2 on their road trip to San Francisco and Arizona.
Cincinnati can wrap up its fourth series sweep of the season with a win Sunday. The Reds took three home games from Tampa Bay from June 7-9, three from Washington (May 23-25) and three from the New York Mets in their season-opening series.
Chris Snyder had three hits and two RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who have lost five of six. Snyder was hitless in his previous 10 at-bats coming into the game.
Eric Milton will take the mound for the Reds in the series finale. Milton allowed three earned runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings of Tuesday’s 7-4 win over the San Francisco Giants—his first win in eight starts on the road.
Milton, who has made a team-high 18 starts, had not won since May 23, going 0-4 with three no-decisions. He has allowed a major league-high 28 homers this season.
The 29-year-old left-hander has managed to increase his velocity by using his legs more in his delivery.
“He wants to pitch well,” manager Jerry Narron said. “He wants to show everybody he can pitch well.”
“I’d like to make a career out of being a starter,” Gosling said. “I’m confident in my ability and think if I locate my pitches I can get these guys out. That’s going to be the key for me.”