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Reds win third straight in Arizona

Aroldis Chapman continues to be clutch in the ninth inning.
Aroldis Chapman continues to be clutch in the ninth inning.
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The Reds launched four homers off Wade Miley to claim the four-game series in Arizona as they dropped the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Sunday at Chase Field.

Cincinnati (26-29) struggled with just three hits on Thursday against Josh Collmenter, but found their groove against former teammate Bronson Arroyo in a 6-4 win Friday. The offensive production continued on Saturday as five runs were plenty for Johnny Cueto who blanked the D-Backs(23-36). Alfredo Simon (7-3) took advantage of the Reds hot bats and the Diamondbacks woeful record at home (9-22).

The Reds had a chance to get to Miley (3-6) in the second inning with runners at first and third and one out, but he struck out Ryan Ludwick and got Skip Schumaker to line out. He was not so fortunate in the third as Zack Cozart ripped his second home run of the season. Three batters later Todd Frazier added to his team lead in homers, when he rounded the bases for the tenth time this season. Ludwick added a line drive homer in the fourth inning to extend the Reds lead to 3-0.

That lead was erased in the bottom half of the inning as the Diamondbacks found a groove against Simon. Paul Goldschmidt drew a one-out walk and then scored on a double by Miguel Montero. Montero came in after a single by Martin Prado and a sac fly by Eric Chavez to cut the lead to 3-2. Ender Inciarte tied the game with a two out single, then Miley tried to add his second hit, but his line drive found the glove of Ludwick to end the inning.

The tie lasted for just two batters as Chris Heisey followed a Simon strikeout with his second home run of the season to make it a 4-3 game in the fifth. That would end the scoring as Simon settled in to retire the next six hitters and the D-Backs got some eventful relief pitching, but still held the Reds off the board, including a bases loaded one out situation in the ninth that ended with a ball that was caught at the warning track.

Sam LeCure was called on to relieve Simon in the seventh with one out and a runner on first. LeCure retired pinch hitter Aaron Hill, but gave up a single to put runners on the corner for Cliff Pennington. Pennington continued his long day (0-4, 2Ks) by lining out to end the inning.

Jonathan Broxton struck out the first two in the eighth, but things got eventful when he allowed a single to Prado and then had a pitch skip off the glove of Devin Mesoraco to put the tying run at second. Chavez ended the threat when he popped out to Cozart. The ninth belonged to Aroldis Chapman after the Reds failed to score in the top half of the inning. He notched his seventh save by striking out two of the three hitters he faced including pinch-hitter Nick Evans to end the game.

The Reds return to Great American Ballpark for 10 straight after finishing their seven game road trip with a 4-3 record. Waiting for them on Tuesday will be the best team in baseball, the San Francisco Giants (37-20), as Tim Lincecum (4-3, 4.18 ERA) will take on Homer Bailey (5-3, 5.04 ERA) in first of three games. After that the Reds welcome the Phillies (24-30) for three games and the Dodgers (30-28) for four games.

After the weekend, the Reds find themselves seven games out of first behind the Brewers who hold the third best record in baseball at 34-23. The Cardinals (30-27) sit three games ahead of the Reds in second, while the Pirates are nipping at the heels in fourth, trailing Cincinnati by a half a game. The Cubs sit in last with the worst record in baseball at 20-34.

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