D-backs hit 3 HRs, offense erupts to rout Reds
PHOENIX — Finally, there were hits up and down the lineup from the Arizona Diamondbacks and the result, as manager Torey Lovullo put it, was “a nice, comfortable type of a win that we haven’t had in a while.”
Nick Ahmed, Chris Owings and John Ryan Murphy each homered as Arizona’s offense — slumbering for nearly all of May — came alive for a 12-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, just the Diamondbacks’ third win in their last 18 games.
“I think this is just the game we all needed,” Owings said, “to get out there and get everybody on the bases, get everybody swinging the bat. I felt like we had really good at-bats today.”
Ahmed and Owings each had a three-run home run in the opener of a six-game homestand after Arizona staggered back from a 1-8 road trip. Murphy added a solo shot.
The Reds outhit the Diamondbacks 16-11 but stranded nine.
“We were getting a lot of hits today,” Cincinnati interim manager Jim Riggleman said, “but they were hitting homers. That was the story of the day really.”
Ahmed and Murphy homered off Homer Bailey (1-7), who allowed eight runs, six earned, on six hits in four innings. The Reds are 1-11 in games Bailey has started.
Matt Koch (3-3) went five innings, giving up five runs on 11 hits for Arizona. Eugenio Suarez had four hits for the Reds, including an RBI double.
The Diamondbacks, in their highest-scoring game of the season, were aided by three Cincinnati errors.
The biggest was a miscue by shortstop Jose Peraza on a made-to-order inning-ending double play. That cleared the way for Arizona’s four-run second inning.
Daniel Descalso led off the second with a triple to the right field gap before Murphy bounced out to third. Owings walked and Socrates Brito bounced one to Peraza, who was standing a couple of steps from second base. But the ball glanced off the glove and then the side of Peraza’s head, allowing Descalso to score and tie it 1-1.The next batter, Ahmed, homered on an 0-2 pitch into the left field seats to make it 4-1.
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“We caught a break,” Lovullo said, ` `and I want to make a big point of that because we haven’t gotten a lot of breaks. I’m not up here whining about it. I just know that teams have been playing their best against us and we’ve suffered. Today we took advantage of a really key mistake on defense that was made a capitalized with the big three-run home run.”
The four runs were the most in an inning for the Diamondbacks since they got five in the third against the Phillies on April 26.
Murphy’s leadoff homer made it 5-1 in the fourth, and Owings reached on third baseman Suarez’s fielding error. Brito singled and Ahmed hit a hard grounder to third. Suarez threw to second for the force as Owings raced for home and scored ahead second baseman Scooter Gennett’s errant throw.
Cincinnati rallied to make it 6-5 with four runs in the fifth. Adam Duvall’s three-run double cut the lead to 6-5. The Reds sent the tying run home from second when Bailey grounded the ball off the third-baseman’s glove into short left field, but shortstop Ahmed threw Duvall out at the plate, the catcher Murphy applying the tag to end inning.
“That was a great play,” Riggleman said. “For Ahmed to spin and throw and get the ball near the plate and Murphy the catcher picks it on his backside, flips over to make the tag. That was just a great baseball play.”
Owings had four hits in his previous 50 at-bats when he went deep off reliever Jackson Stephens in the fifth to boost the lead to 9-5.
“He (Owings) has been hitting the ball extremely well and just hasn’t had much to show for it,” Lovullo said. “But today was a special swing that broken open a game. It was a huge part of the ball game because they closed the gap on us really quick.”
Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller (Tommy John surgery) is to make his first rehab start Tuesday night for High-A Visalia. He will pitch four or five innings and throw 70-75 pitches.
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