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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt Demolishes DeSclafani Reds Lose Eighth Straight

Arizona manager Chip Hale was not worried about the recent lack of production by Paul Goldschmidt.

The All-Star first baseman made a prophet out of his manager by hitting a pair of two-run home runs among his four hits in the Diamondbacks' 11-7 win to hand the Reds its eighth straight loss.

"Goldschmidt has been having good at bats," Hale said. "Good pitches to hit are rare in the big leagues and he is missing the ones he gets. With him home runs come in bunches."

The reeling Reds were down by three runs seven pitches into the game.

Anthony DeSclafani continued the record string of 23 straight starts by rookie pitchers. His first pitch of the game to Ender Inciarte landed in the rightfield seats. It was Inciarte's fourth of the season and first leadoff home run.  A.J. Pollock picked up his 11th hit of the series with a ball off the glove of Todd Frazier at thirdbase. All-Star firstbaseman Goldschmidt, who was 0-for-9 in the first two games of the series, hit his 23rd home run on the seventh pitch of the inning.

The Reds were staring its eighth straight loss in the face but mounted a comeback against Randall Delgado, who has worked in relief all season.  Brandon Phillips, coming off a bruised biceps injury that cost him two games, singled to open the Reds' half of the inning.  Phillips has a hit in each of his last 15 starts, although his official hitting streak was broken by an unsuccessful pinch hit appearance on Friday night. Eugenio Suarez followed with a single off the wall in which Inciarte fooled Phillips into thinking he would make the catch.1 Todd Frazier drove Phillips home with a single.

Pollock singled again in the third and scored when David Peralta hit into a double play.

The Reds tied the game in the bottom of the third.

Votto walked. Frazier and Jay Bruce hit back-to-back doubles, giving Bruce two RBI. Brennan Boesch recorded the Reds third straight double to tie the game and chase Delgado.
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The Diamondbacks took the lead back in the fourth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled to lead off and scored on Inciarte's fly to centerfield. The Diamondbacks used another sacrifice fly to make the score 6-4.  Goldschmidt singled, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on Aaron Hill's fly to left.

A successful challenge earned the Reds a run in the fifth.  Votto singled and Frazier walked. Bruce hit a hard one hopper to Goldschmidt who threw to Chris Owings at shortstop who returned the throw to Goldschmidt for an apparent double play.  Bryan Price challenged the play at second and the call was overturned when replays showed Owings leaping off the base to catch the throw.  Boesch grounded out to second as Votto scored.

DeSclafani allowed six runs in six innings on 10 hits. The Diamondbacks touched him for 10 hits in his start on August 9 in Phoenix.

Goldschmidt hit his second home run of the game off Pedro Villarreal in the seventh.  The Diamondbacks added three more runs off Ryan Mattheus in the eighth.

Ryan LaMarre was 0-for-5 in his Major League debut but made a nice diving catch to rob Owings of a hit in the sixth inning.

Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Tucker Barnhart singled home runs in the ninth off Keith Hessler.

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