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D-Backs edge Reds, win fifth straight on Hudson's late homer

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PHOENIX -- Orlando Hudson had an interesting explanation for his tiebreaking, eighth-inning home run Monday night.

"The baseball gods happened to be circling around out there," said Hudson, whose shot off Cincinnati reliever Kirk Saarloos (0-1) gave Arizona a 3-2 victory.

They are smiling on the Diamondbacks, who rallied from a 2-0 sixth-inning deficit to win their fifth straight. The first four wins in the streak came against the lowly Washington Nationals. But on Monday night the Diamondbacks mounted a comeback against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo, who dominated them over the first five innings.

"We don't die," manager Bob Melvin said. "We keep grinding. We expect good things to happen."

Brandon Lyon (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning, retiring Alex Gonzalez on a liner to center field to leave the bases loaded, and Jose Valverde got three outs for his fourth save in five opportunities. Brandon Phillips flew out to the warning track in left with a runner on first for the final out of the game.

Hudson set up the save situation by breaking a 2-2 tie with two out in the eighth. Batting left-handed, the switch-hitting Hudson hit a 2-1 pitch 389 feet into the left-field seats.

Hudson hits third in Melvin's lineup, but with 52 home runs in 627 major league games, he's hardly a prototypical power hitter. The shot off Saarloos (0-1) was his second in eight games this year.

"Power? Look at me," he said, motioning to his svelte 185-pound frame. "It's not expected of me. I'm not Chipper Jones. I'm not David Ortiz."

Saarloos said he threw a changeup that didn't move.

"It was a good pitch to hit and he did what he was supposed to do with it," Saarloos said.

The Diamondbacks won it with the long ball. But they got back in the game with small ball.

Arizona trailed 2-0 in the sixth and had barely touched Arroyo when pinch-hitter Robby Hammock doubled. He took third on Stephen Drew's flyout and scored on Alberto Callaspo's grounder.

The Diamondbacks tied it at 2 one inning later. Chad Tracy led off with a double, went to third on Scott Hairston's sacrifice bunt and scored on Chris Snyder's sacrifice fly.

Hairston's sacrifice was his third in 133 big league games and first since 2004.

"It's probably been three or four years, but if they ask you, you do it," he said.

Arroyo coasted through the first four innings, allowing only a walk to opposing pitcher Doug Davis. Arroyo didn't give up a hit until Conor Jackson's one-out single to center in the fifth.

Arroyo allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked two over 103 pitches. Those are usually the sort of numbers that result in a victory.

"It's one of those games you hate to see slip away," Arroyo said. "I weathered the storm twice, but they got the guy on base, got him over and did what they had to do to tie the game."

Unlike Arroyo, Davis worked out of trouble for much of the night in his first home start as a Diamondback. He allowed runners in each of his first five innings but gave up only two runs.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the second when Jeff Conine doubled and scored on a single by Gonzalez.

Cincinnati made it 2-0 in the fourth on David Ross' sacrifice fly to shallow right field.

Davis gave up two earned runs and five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out four.

"We had some great chances against Doug Davis ," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said. "We got his pitch count up. We just couldn't get any big hits off him."

Notes

  • Gonzalez's single in the second extended his hitting streak to five games. He went 2-for-3.
  • The Diamondbacks improved to 4-6 in home openers.
  • Arizona Sen. John McCain attended the game and sat with Diamondbacks general partner Jeff Moorad.
  • The Reds were happy to be in the 81-degree warmth of the desert after playing their last five games in 30-degree temperatures in Cincinnati.
 
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The Diamondbacks get a lift from Orlando Hudson's  second homer of the season.  (US Presswire)
The Diamondbacks get a lift from Orlando Hudson's second homer of the season. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Arizona

O. Hudson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

A. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF4000031 .231
   a- Javier Valentin, PH1010000 .222
    Juan Castro, PR0000000 .500
Brandon Phillips, 2B3020201 .200
Adam Dunn, LF4000003 .320
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000011 .292
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3110100 .261
Jeff Conine, 1B2110200 .375
    Kirk Saarloos, P0000000 .000
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
    Victor Santos, P0000000 .000
Alex Gonzalez, SS3021103 .391
David Ross, C2001002 .071
   b- Josh Hamilton, PH0000100 .000
Bronson Arroyo, P3000014 .200
    Scott Hatteberg, 1B1000001 .250
Totals3027275  
a-singled for Freel in the 9th
b-walked for Ross in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jeff Conine (2, Davis)
SF - David Ross (2)
RBI - Alex Gonzalez (3), David Ross (2)
SB - Brandon Phillips (2, 3rd base off Davis/Snyder)
Team LOB - 9
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo 7422240 3.86
Kirk Saarloos (L,0-1) 0.2211011 2.25
Mike Stanton0100000 0.00
Victor Santos 0.1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 103-66, Kirk Saarloos 15-10, Mike Stanton 3-2, Victor Santos 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 9-8, Kirk Saarloos 1-0
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 27, Kirk Saarloos 4, Mike Stanton 1, Victor Santos 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4000002 .250
Alberto Callaspo, RF4001010 .286
Orlando Hudson, 2B4121010 .394
Eric Byrnes, CF4010011 .343
Chad Tracy, 3B4120010 .231
Conor Jackson, 1B3010112 .261
Scott Hairston, LF2000001 .296
Chris Snyder, C2001001 .154
Doug Davis, P0000100 .000
   a- Robby Hammock, PH1110000 .286
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Clark, PH1000001 .333
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Totals2937325  
a-doubled for Davis in the 6th
b-fouled out for Pena in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chad Tracy (2, Arroyo), Robby Hammock (1, Arroyo)
HR - Orlando Hudson (2, Saarloos)
SF - Chris Snyder (1)
SH - Scott Hairston (1)
RBI - Alberto Callaspo (1), Orlando Hudson (6), Chris Snyder (1)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Drew-Jackson, Davis-Drew-Jackson, Hudson-Drew-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis 6522340 1.64
Tony Pena 1000110 0.00
Brandon Lyon (W,1-0) 1100200 1.80
Jose Valverde (S,4) 1100100 1.93
IBB - Griffey by Brandon Lyon
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 102-54, Tony Pena 17-8, Brandon Lyon 31-18, Jose Valverde 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 6-6, Brandon Lyon 2-1, Jose Valverde 1-1
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 24, Tony Pena 4, Brandon Lyon 6, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41803
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Brian Knight