Reynolds’ walk-off HR lifts D-backs over Padres
Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off closer
Reynolds, who has had a number of long homers in his career, hit his 42nd home run on a 3-1 fastball off Bell (5-4) that barely made it into the first row in left field, 378 feet away.
“I was running out of the box,” Reynolds said. “In this yard you never know. I was sprinting. I still wasn’t sure until I got around second base and saw the outfielders looking at each other.”
Reynolds was hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts before facing Bell.
“I hadn’t really been swinging it at all,” he said. “He challenged me and I got the better of it.”
Reynolds ran his season strikeout total to a major league-leading 196, nine short of breaking the big league record he set last year.
“I threw the previous pitch pretty much in the same place and he swung through it,” Bell said. “But he got that one.”
“Right now, I’m going through a tough time,” he said. “It’s very unfortunate I’ve had three outings like this, and if I would’ve spread them out once a month or something, it wouldn’t look as bad.”
The right-hander, who struck out four and walked one, has won at least 14 games in five straight seasons.
“I didn’t have too many strikeouts, but I got a lot of groundballs, more than I usually get,” Haren said. “That’s always a good sign. My location was pretty good, I was down in the zone and didn’t make too many mistakes.”
Arizona was on the wrong end of a bizarre play in the seventh inning.
With two outs,
Hundley slid near the top step of the dugout and grabbed the ball. Before he landed in the dugout, he dropped the ball out of his glove onto the dirt. Byrnes, who went to third on Cabrera’s throwing error, tried to score as Hundley flew into the dugout.
But Hundley jumped back onto the field, picked up the ball and made a one-hop throw that skipped under the glove of pitcher
“It obviously was a weird, weird play,” Byrnes said. “Adrian did a nice job of being there and Nick did an unbelievable job of keeping it out of the dugout. It was kind of a funky play.
“It was one of those things that you say ‘I’ve never seen that before.”‘
Byrnes also hit a solo homer against
San Diego lost consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 22-23 against St. Louis.
LeBlanc went six innings, allowing one run on three hits.