Diamondbacks 3, Reds 1
Neither did the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off Heredia, capping an eighth-inning rally that sent the Diamondbacks to their 16th consecutive win over Cincinnati, 3-1.
Gonzalez was 0-for-3 before his 21st homer capped a three-run inning and led Arizona to its fourth win in a row and seventh in eight games.
“We went with one of our best against one of their best, and their guy was a little better tonight,” Miley said. “We had the matchup we wanted. If that situation comes up tomorrow, Heredia will be facing Gonzalez.”
The Reds avoided their third straight shutout, but lost for the seventh time in eight games. They have not beaten Arizona since May 21, 2001.
Cincinnati led 1-0 when pinch-hitter Quinton McCracken led off the eighth with a double, the game’s first extra-base hit after 14 singles. Craig Counsell sacrificed McCracken to third and Matt Kata hit a tying sacrifice fly.
Alex Cintron followed with a single and Gonzalez homered. All of the runs came against Heredia (5-2).
“(McCracken) didn’t try to pull the ball,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “He stayed with it and Counsell, who always plays the game right, got him over. We have to manufacture runs.”
Cincinnati’s John Bale, making his second major league start in 20 appearances, blanked Arizona on three hits for six innings. His innings and nine strikeouts were career highs, but the Arizona comeback cost him his second career win.
“Their starting pitcher threw well the whole game,” said Gonzalez, whose homer extended his streak of reaching base to 29 games. “We were just missing. We were talking about that on the bench. It seems like, lately, we’ve had more success against bullpens.”
“It’s been frustrating for everybody here,” said Bale, who lowered his ERA to 0.71 in three appearances since being called up from Triple-A Louisville on July 30. “I haven’t been here long enough to have much input on that. All I can say is you’ve got to keep battling.”
The Reds broke their scoreless streak at 22 innings with a run in the fourth against Miguel Batista.
Batista struck out the last batter he faced, pinch-hitter Kelly Stinnett, to leave the bases loaded in the sixth. He allowed nine hits and two walks while striking out six.
The Diamondbacks, in second place in the NL West, kept pace with Florida and Philadelphia in the wild-card race. The Marlins beat Los Angeles to stay on top, a half-game ahead of second-place Philadelphia and 1 1-2 games ahead ofArizona.
The last time the Reds were shut out in three straight games was April 18-21, 1989. … Batista is 1-3 in his last nine starts. … Cincinnati OF Reggie Taylor has gotten at least one hit in four consecutive games since snapping a career-worst 0-for-26 slump. … Taylor’s eighth-inning grand slam Saturday in San Diego was Cincinnati’s last homer. … Arizona’s SheaHillenbrand is hitless in his last 15 at-bats.