CINCINNATI -- Winless since the All-Star break, both the D-backs and Reds were desperate to create some second-half traction with a victory on Tuesday. Arizona got what it wanted with an 11-2 victory to snap a five-game losing streak, while Cincinnati is still searching while immersed in its own five-game
CINCINNATI -- Winless since the All-Star break, both the D-backs and Reds were desperate to create some second-half traction with a victory on Tuesday. Arizona got what it wanted with an 11-2 victory to snap a five-game losing streak, while Cincinnati is still searching while immersed in its own five-game losing streak.
It was a 2-2 game until a six-run Arizona fifth inning broke it open. Two batters after David Peralta's RBI double, Jake Lamb came through with a two-run triple that ended rookie starter Sal Romano's night without an out recorded in the fifth. Reliever Tony Cingrani could not slow the momentum and gave up two doubles and a Chris Herrmann two-run homer for a six-run lead.
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"It's a game we've been waiting for for a while," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "We know offensively things haven't been clicking, but that's how baseball is. It's good and bad. It has moments where it's very rewarding, other times you do everything right and you still can't build the inning and score runs. But these guys have been really staying with the process, believing in one another and it was nice."
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The D-backs were 4-for-5 with RISP in the fifth, and finished the night 6-for-12. During their five-game skid, they were 8-for-44 (.182) with RISP.
"We had a few good at-bats there and then the six-run inning, you go from a [2-2] game to a [8-2] game and 11-2 game," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We've kind of been in that territory a lot during this current homestand."
It was the third time in the Reds' last five losses that they gave up double-digit run totals.
Romano was charged with six earned runs and six hits over four-plus innings. He walked five (one intentional) and struck out three.
As he entered the night with a 1.34 road ERA, Robbie Ray gave the D-backs another strong start away from Chase Field. Ray was mostly smooth over his six innings while giving up two earned runs, four hits and three walks while striking out four. The lefty also notched the 500th strikeout of his career in the fourth inning.
"It felt good to get back out there and get back on the mound and get back at it again," Ray said. "Everything felt good. Fastball felt good, all my other pitches started coming around and, yeah, was able to go out and get six quality innings, and the team got the win, which was huge."
In the bottom of the first inning, Zack Cozart launched a solo homer to left field -- his first since June 4. Eugenio Suarez's RBI double down the left-field line scored Cozart in the fourth and made it a 2-2 game.
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Stalled at third base: In the Reds' fifth inning, Billy Hamilton hit a triple to the right-field corner that Statcast™ recorded at 11.03 seconds from home to third base, tied for ninth-fastest in the Majors in 2017. Meanwhile, his sprint speed was 29.9 feet per second. However, a chance to get back into the game for Cincinnati was foiled by Ray as Cozart flied to right field and on a 3-1 count, Joey Votto flied out to left field to leave Hamilton stranded.
Lamb with key three-bagger: Entering the top of the fifth, the All-Star Lamb was in a 1-for-13 funk on the road trip. That changed when he launched his two-run triple down the right-field line.
"Hopefully tomorrow Tim [Adleman] will throw us a good ballgame and give us a chance to win. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do it today." -- Romano
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D-backs: Zack Greinke will see his first action since the All-Star Game when Arizona takes on the Reds at 4:10 p.m. MST on Wednesday. Greinke has won each of his last three starts, giving up just three runs over 19 innings (1.42 ERA) during that span.
Reds: Tim Adleman will start when the Reds continue the series at 7:10 p.m. ET. Two outings ago, on July 7, Adleman was a 6-3 loser at Arizona when he gave up four runs (three earned) over five innings. Of the six hits he allowed, five came with two outs.
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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.
Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and he covered the D-backs on Tuesday.