Arizona at Cincinnati

W: D. Weathers (2-2) L: J. Valverde (2-2)
HR: ARI - None   CIN - R. Freel (1), S. Hatteberg (3), J. Valentin (1)

Reds 5, Diamondbacks 4

CBS wire reports

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds needed a big hit. Javier Valentin was ready for his opportunity to help.

Valentin hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Reds over the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Sunday.

Austin Kearns hit a pinch-hit single off Arizona closer Jose Valverde with one out in the ninth. Valentin followed with his first career pinch-hit drive.

"Every time we've faced him, he's hit the first pitch, and he's looking to pull it," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "It was a (split-finger fastball) that Valentin hit. I don't second guess the pitch. I'm sure (Valverde) doesn't feel great about the outcome."

Valentin's first homer of the season snapped Arizona's winning streak at five games and the Reds' losing streak at three.

"In a situation like that, you look for their best pitch," said Valentin, whose pinch-hit single gave Cincinnati a 3-2 win over St. Louis on May 2. "I've faced (Valverde) before, and the split is what he threw. I was just looking for something hard and middle in that I could get a good swing on."

David Weathers (2-2) allowed two hits in two scoreless innings to get the win as the Reds avoided a sweep of the three-game series. Valverde (2-2), who refused comment after the game, blew his second save in 16 opportunities.

The Diamondbacks wasted a strong major league debut by Enrique Gonzalez, who allowed three hits and one run in six innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked one.

Ryan Freel led off the first inning with a home run off Gonzalez, who was called up from Triple-A Tucson on Friday. Freel's first homer of the season snapped the Reds' streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 21.

"I was nervous," said Gonzalez, who didn't allow a runner past first base after giving up Freel's homer. "I'd never pitched in front of that many people before. I was excited. I just wanted to keep the ball down in the zone and put the ball in play."

Playing for the first time since Monday and starting in right field for the first time all season, Freel also threw Shawn Green out at the plate to end Arizona's eighth inning. Green was trying to score on Johnny Estrada's single.

"Winning like that should be a tremendous lift, because everybody contributed," Reds manager Jerry Narron said.

Luis Gonzalez had a two-run double and Conor Jackson added an RBI single as Arizona led 4-1 after six innings.

Jorge Julio pitched a scoreless seventh for the Diamondbacks but Scott Hatteberg hit a two-run homer off Brandon Lyon in the eighth to get Cincinnati within one. Hatteberg's third homer of the season bounced off the top of the right-field fence.

Reds starter Bronson Arroyo, who gave up a career-high 11 hits in six innings of a 3-1 loss at Arizona on May 6, continued to have problems with the Diamondbacks. He allowed seven hits and four runs with three walks and six strikeouts.


Narron was ejected by plate umpire Larry Vanover in the bottom of the seventh for arguing balls and strikes. The ejection was Narron's second of the season. ... Freel's leadoff homer was the second of his career. ... Reds C David Ross bunted for a hit to lead off the eighth and extend his hitting streak to a career-high six games. ... SS Felipe Lopez was caught stealing in the third. Lopez already has a career-high 16 stolen bases, none in three tries since May 11.

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Players of the Game

J. Valentin
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1

L. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS5110010 .306
Jeff DaVanon, CF3000121 .272
Chad Tracy, 3B4110011 .292
Luis Gonzalez, LF4122000 .288
Conor Jackson, 1B3121100 .297
    Tony Clark, 1B0000000 .161
Shawn Green, RF4020014 .335
Johnny Estrada, C3010101 .313
Orlando Hudson, 2B4001000 .238
Enrique Gonzalez, P3000032 .000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
   a- Damion Easley, PH1000000 .242
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
a-fouled out for Lyon in the 9th
2B - Luis Gonzalez (17, Arroyo), Shawn Green (8, Weathers)
RBI - Luis Gonzalez 2 (26), Conor Jackson (30), Orlando Hudson (13)
Team LOB - 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Enrique Gonzalez 6311141 1.50
Jorge Julio (H,1) 1100010 4.63
Brandon Lyon (H,12) 1322111 3.97
Jose Valverde (BS,2; L,2-2) 0.1222011 5.03
IBB - Griffey by Brandon Lyon
Pitches-Strikes - Enrique Gonzalez 84-51, Jorge Julio 14-8, Brandon Lyon 35-20, Jose Valverde 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Enrique Gonzalez 6-7, Brandon Lyon 1-1
Batters Faced - Enrique Gonzalez 21, Jorge Julio 4, Brandon Lyon 7, Jose Valverde 3
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, RF4121010 .248
Felipe Lopez, SS2010100 .297
Ken Griffey Jr., CF3000102 .237
Rich Aurilia, 1B-2B4000022 .252
Adam Dunn, LF4000012 .229
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4010020 .262
Brandon Phillips, 2B3010001 .304
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   a- Austin Kearns, PH1110000 .297
David Ross, C3110001 .300
   b- Javier Valentin, PH1112000 .233
Bronson Arroyo, P1000010 .069
   c- Quinton McCracken, PH1000000 .194
    Chris Hammond, P0000000 .000
    Scott Hatteberg, 1B1112000 .298
a-singled for Weathers in the 9th
b-homered for Ross in the 9th
c-flied out for Arroyo in the 6th
2B - Ryan Freel (7, Lyon), Edwin Encarnacion (15, Julio)
HR - Ryan Freel (1, En. Gonzalez), Javier Valentin (1, Valverde), Scott Hatteberg (3, Lyon)
SH - Felipe Lopez (2)
RBI - Ryan Freel (7), Javier Valentin 2 (6), Scott Hatteberg 2 (11)
CS - Felipe Lopez (4, 2nd base by En. Gonzalez/Estrada)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Ryan Freel 1
DP - Aurilia
E - Ryan Freel (2, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo 6744360 2.58
Chris Hammond 1000020 5.51
David Weathers (W,2-2) 2200000 3.24
IBB - Estrada by Bronson Arroyo
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 111-73, Chris Hammond 11-9, David Weathers 32-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 5-6, David Weathers 1-4
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 27, Chris Hammond 3, David Weathers 7
Game Information
Attendance - 27694
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Charlie Reliford