Diamondbacks 6, Reds 3

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CINCINNATI (AP)—Casey Fossum is on his first winning streak in over a year.

Fossum combined with four relievers on a four-hitter, and Juan Brito singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Saturday night.

The Diamondbacks have won consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 3-4 against Florida and have won two in a row on the road for the first time since June 10 at Baltimore and June 11 at Toronto.

Fossum (4-12) allowed two runs, three hits, four walks and hit two batters in six innings, winning consecutive decisions for the first time since May 6 and 14 last year.

“I felt really good,” Fossum said. “They are an aggressive team, and when I got them 0-1, I made them chase curveballs off the plate.”

Arizona manager Al Pedrique was impressed by Fossum’s command of his pitches.

“He had a live fastball, and he was throwing his curveball for strikes,” Pedrique said. “He had a sharp breaking ball.”

Mike Fetters, Mike Koplove, Brian Bruney and Greg Aquino finished, with Aquino getting one out for his ninth save in nine chances. Aquino tied Jose Valverde for the longest save streak by an Arizona rookie. Valverde converted nine in a row last season.

“We wanted to give Aquino the night off, but Bruney was rushing his pitches,” Pedrique said.

The Reds have only 14 hits over their last three games. Arizona had 13 hits for the second consecutive night.

“We’re slumping at the plate right now,” Cincinnati manager Dave Miley said. “Basically, you have to give the other pitchers some of the credit, but we’re not swinging it like we were 3-4-5 days ago.”

Jose Acevedo, making only his second start since Aug. 4, allowed two runs and six hits in six innings with no walks.

“I threw a lot of strikes,” said Acevedo, whose strikeout of Brito in the third gave him 100 in a season for the first time in his career. “That’s the key, keeping the ball down. I was using my sinker to get groundballs.”

With the score 2-all, Jerry Gil doubled against Phil Norton (1-4) leading off the seventh and took third when center fielder Wily Mo Pena bobbled the ball at the wall for an error. Brito, hitless in his previous eight at-bats, chopped a single over third baseman Ryan Freel.

Alex Cintron hit an RBI single off John Riedling, who threw a wild pitch that allowed Quinton McCracken to score. Danny Bautista added an RBI single in the ninth.

Ryan Freel hit an RBI double in the bottom half off Bruney, with Jacob Cruz getting thrown out at the plate by Gil, who took the relay in short left field.

“I always try to go deeper for the relay, but Terrero’s got a good arm and he’s aggressive to the ball, so I didn’t go as deep,” Gil said. “I got the ball, saw (Cruz) at third, and I just threw.”

“Fundamental-wise, we were solid tonight,” Pedrique said. “Gil’s got a good, solid arm, and he got a chance to show it.”

Arizona took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on Chad Tracy’s RBI single and Gil’s run-scoring grounder. Austin Kearns tied it with a two-run single in the sixth.

Notes

The start of the game was delayed for 57 minutes by rain. … Tracy went 3-for-4 to improve to .405 (15-for-37) over his last 12 games. … Cintron made his first start of the season at second base after starting 116 games at shortstop.

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