D-backs top Reds in 15 innings, stay unbeaten in marathons
As the game went one with no hint that either team was capable of scoring, Arizona catcher Miguel Montero became philosophical.
"I knew eventually it was going to go one way or the other," he said.
Whenever it goes really long, the Diamondbacks always win.
Nick Ahmed’s RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when the innings pile up.
Arizona is 13-0 all-time in games of at least 15 innings.
"You get into a game like this, everybody is trying to end it," manager Kirk Gibson said. "You tell yourself not to do it, but that’s the reality of it."
Ahmed’s single off J.J. Hoover (1-8) gave the Reds their ninth loss in 10 games since the All-Star break, a slump that has dropped them below .500 for the first time since June 21. The offense has been the problem, scoring only 17 runs in those 10 games, by far the fewest in the majors.
"Just nothing was falling in for either team, really," Ahmed said.
Oliver Perez (1-1) gave up a hit and a walk in two innings. Addison Reed got his 25th save in 30 chances.
Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman fanned the side in the ninth, extending his major league record for a reliever to 44 consecutive games with at least one strikeout. One of his pitches was clocked at 104 mph.
Devin Mesoraco led off the second with his 17th homer off rookie Chase Anderson, ending a streak of three straight games at Great American without a homer — the longest in the ballpark’s 12 seasons. Miguel Montero singled home the tying run in the fourth off Homer Bailey, who gave up five hits in eight innings.
Anderson allowed three hits and matched his career high with eight strikeouts in seven innings, retiring the last 11 batters he faced.
Arizona right fielder David Peralta saved a run in the fourth with a diving, backhand catch of Brayan Pena’s fly ball. He doubled up Chris Heisey at first base.