Arizona at Cincinnati

W: J. Vazquez (10-12) L: J. Standridge (2-2)
HR: ARI - T. Clark (22)   CIN - None

Diamondbacks 6, Reds 2

CBS wire reports

CINCINNATI -- After perhaps the worst performance of his career last Sunday in Atlanta, Javier Vazquez was looking for a little redemption.

He found it Saturday night in Cincinnati.

Facing a Reds team that scored 17 runs on 15 hits one night earlier, Vazquez allowed one run in eight innings and Tony Clark hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth to send the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-2 win.

"We needed it for the team and I needed it for myself," said Vazquez, who tied a career high by allowing nine runs in two-plus innings of a 13-8 loss to the Braves last Sunday. "I felt good all around, but nothing special. I was just trying to stay back."

After wasting opportunities in the first seven innings against Reds starter Aaron Harang, the Diamondbacks broke through in the eighth against Jason Standridge (2-2).

With the score tied at 1, Royce Clayton led off with a walk and moved to second on Luis Gonzalez's single.

"I totally put way too much pressure on myself, and it hurt me," Standridge said. "That's why I walked Clayton. I was trying to aim the ball, instead of being aggressive. My mental preparation wasn't what it needed to be. I was trying to be preventative. I was thinking, I want to keep them from scoring runs, instead of saying, just go after them."

Clark followed with his 22nd homer, a 416-foot shot into the right-field bleachers, which didn't surprise Arizona manager Bob Melvin.

"Tony's been coming up with those hits all year," Melvin said. "I don't think anybody has as many big hits as he has."

Standridge promised a different approach the next time interim manager Jerry Narron calls on him.

"My thought process will be totally different," Standridge said. "The next time he gives me the ball, I'm going to pound the zone."

Arizona improved to 4-7 on its season-long 12-game road trip, which ends Sunday.

"Javier did it," said Clark, who also doubled in the sixth to snap a 2-for-15 slump. "He gave us what we needed after last night and after his last start. He's an unbelievable talent. Him stepping up was huge tonight."

Cincinnati has lost five of seven.

Vazquez (10-12), who lost his three previous starts, gave up a first-inning run before settling down to allow only three baserunners over the next seven innings, all on singles. Two were erased on double plays.

"After his last start, I felt like he wanted to get back out there -- he was anxious to get back out there," Melvin said.

Vazquez needed only 77 pitches to get through eight innings. He allowed five hits and one walk with six strikeouts to match Brandon Webb for the team lead in wins.

"Vazquez was the most efficient pitcher we've seen this year," Narron said. "He was outstanding. He was around the strike zone and had good movement. We were hitting balls early in the count right at them."

Arizona added two runs in the ninth on a throwing error by catcher Javier Valentin and an RBI single by Clayton.

Jose Valverde, who hadn't pitched in five days, allowed a ninth-inning RBI single to Austin Kearns before closing it out for Arizona.

The Diamondbacks put runners on base in every inning except two against Harang, but they ended up stranding six of seven.

Harang went seven innings, allowing six hits and one run with one walk and three strikeouts.

"I didn't have everything tonight, but I was able to work through it," he said.

The Reds scored in the first on Sean Casey's RBI double with two outs.

Arizona tied it in the second on doubles by Troy Glaus and Shawn Green.


Cincinnati slugger Adam Dunn went 0-for-3, extending his slump to 4-for-24 (.167). ... Ken Griffey Jr. went 2-for-4 and has 14 hits in his last 27 at-bats (.519). ... Arizona's Craig Counsell stole two bases to push his career best to 21. His previous high was 17 for Milwaukee last season. ... Harang went 0-for-2, extending his streak of hitless at-bats to 49, the most in the majors since San Diego's Andy Benes was 0-for-50 in 1991. ... Clayton has reached base in 19 consecutive games.

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Players of the Game

T. Clark
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

J. Vazquez
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 6

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B5130000 .277
Royce Clayton, SS4111102 .280
Luis Gonzalez, LF5110002 .278
Tony Clark, 1B5123012 .317
Troy Glaus, 3B3110110 .267
Shawn Green, CF-RF4031012 .293
Chad Tracy, RF4000005 .288
    Luis Terrero, PR-CF0000000 .265
Kelly Stinnett, C4000012 .292
Javier Vazquez, P3000011 .234
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH0100100 .228
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
a-walked for Vazquez in the 9th
2B - Craig Counsell (28, Harang), Tony Clark (18, Harang), Troy Glaus (25, Harang), Shawn Green (28, Harang)
HR - Tony Clark (22, Standridge)
RBI - Royce Clayton (40), Tony Clark 3 (66), Shawn Green (62)
SB - Craig Counsell 2 (21, 2nd base off Harang/Valentin, 3rd base off Coffey/Valentin)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Clark-Clayton, Counsell-Clayton-Clark
Arizona Diamondbacks
Javier Vazquez (W,10-12) 8511160 4.67
Jose Valverde 1211110 2.89
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 77-49, Jose Valverde 25-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 12-4, Jose Valverde 1-1
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 28, Jose Valverde 6
Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez, SS4000010 .281
Rich Aurilia, 3B3210100 .274
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4020000 .294
Adam Dunn, LF3000103 .257
Sean Casey, 1B4011011 .314
Austin Kearns, RF4021012 .237
Javier Valentin, C4010013 .280
Ray Olmedo, 2B3000011 .256
Aaron Harang, P2000010 .018
    Jason Standridge, P0000000 .000
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
   a- Jacob Cruz, PH1000010 .221
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shackelford, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Mercker in the 8th
2B - Sean Casey (30, Vazquez)
RBI - Sean Casey (49), Austin Kearns (44)
2-OUT RBI - Sean Casey (20), Austin Kearns (21)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Aurilia-Olmedo-Casey
E - Javier Valentin (3, Wild throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang 7611130 3.78
Jason Standridge (L,2-2) 0.1233111 3.63
Kent Mercker 0.2100010 3.04
Todd Coffey0222100 5.02
Brian Shackelford 1000000 0.95
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 110-69, Jason Standridge 18-10, Kent Mercker 15-9, Todd Coffey 16-9, Brian Shackelford 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 10-8, Kent Mercker 1-0, Brian Shackelford 2-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 28, Jason Standridge 4, Kent Mercker 3, Todd Coffey 3, Brian Shackelford 2
Game Information
Attendance - 26109
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Lazaro Diaz