PHOENIX (AP) – Tucker Barnhart hit a run-scoring single in the 10th inning, Tyler Naquin crushed his big league-best fifth homer, and the Cincinnation Friday night.
Eugenio Suárez started the 10th on second base, and Barnhart brought him home with a two-out single to left-center off Alex Young (0-2). Cincinnati’s Amir Garrett got out of a bases-loaded jam to earn his second save,on a slow grounder for the final out. The three times in the seventh. Kole Calhoun’s two-out, two-run double was the in the rally.
Eduardo Escobar tied it with a towering two-run homer in the eighth off Lucas Sims. The second baseman pumped his fist as he rounded first base after belting his second homer of the season.
The Reds came into Friday’s game on an offensive role, batting .316 with 14 homers during their 5-1 homestand to start the season. The team’s 57 runs through six.
It didn’t take Cincinnati’s bats to get going on the road in Arizona’s home opener: Jesse Winker smoked a double off thethe 413-foot sign in right-center to start the game.
in his second at-bat, slicing a single to left field that scored Barnhart. Naquin crushed a solo homer – his fifth in his first 21 at-bats this – to push Cincinnati ahead 2-0 in the fourth. The Reds added two more in the fifth and another in the sixth.
The Diamondbacks fell to 2-6 for the season and have lost three straight.
Tyler Mahle started for the Reds, struck out six, and didn’t give up a hit, but he alsoto get through four innings. Cionel Perez (1-0) won, retiring two batters in the ninth.
The D-backs hosted fans at Chase Field for the firstSept. 29, 2019 – 558 days ago – when they beat the Padres 1-0 in the season finale. a socially-distanced crowd of 19,385, which was a sellout. The stadium can typically hold about 48,000.
MEDIUM PINCH HITS
Arizona pitcher Madison Bumgarner was used as a pinch hitter with two outs in the ninth. Lovullo went with Bumgarner despite having two position players – Geraldo Perdomo and Stephen Vogt – available on the bench.
Bumgarner is one of the better-hitting pitchers in the big leagues, with 19. But the decision didn’t work out this He popped out to the third base.
In the fourth, Naquin’s homer had anof 111.3 mph and traveled 454 feet over the pool in the right-center field.
HONORING MIKE BELL
During pregame ceremonies, the Diamondbacks honored Mike Bell, who died of cancer at 46 during spring. Bell was part of the D-backs player development department for 13 years before joining the Twins in 2020. Bell is also the brother of Reds manager David Bell.
Reds: Winker left in the fifth inning because of calf cramps.
D-backs: Lovullo said Nick Ahmed is close to returning to the lineup. The two-time Gold Glove shortstop has dealt with knee soreness but has been getting at-bats and playing in the field at the team’s alternate site during intrasquad games. … CF Ketel Marte had an MRI on his ailing hamstring on Friday. Marte was after suffering the injury on Wednesday in Denver. … Calhoun played his first game of the to repair the meniscus in his right knee.
The Diamondbacks send RHP Riley Smith (0-0, 3.60 ERA) to the mound for his first career start. Last season, the 26-year-old was impressive as a long reliever, giving up just three runs in 18 1/3 innings. He takes the rotation spot of LHP Caleb Smith, who was moved to the bullpen. The Reds will counter with RHP Jeff Hoffman (1-0, 1.80 ERA).
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