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Reds prevail on Hopper's single to clinch back-to-back series

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- The last time things were this good for the Cincinnati Reds, frosty winds and freezing temperatures had fans bundled up in their ballpark.

Slumping Norris Hopper singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, and the resurgent Reds overcame another bullpen meltdown to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Saturday night.

The major leagues' worst team has gone 4-1 under interim manager Pete Mackanin, showing a little spark heading into the All-Star break. The Reds have won back-to-back series for the first time since the opening week of the season, when they went 4-2 against the Cubs and Pirates during a nasty cold spell.

With one more win, they would have their first four-game winning streak of the season.

"That's sad to say, but hopefully we can do it," said David Weathers, who pitched out of a threat to earn his 17th save in 19 chances. "We've dug a pretty big hole. We've got to go out and try to win as many series as we can."

Their bullpen has been the big thing holding them back.

Eric Byrnes' three-run homer off reliever Todd Coffey tied it in the top of the eighth and reminded the booing crowd of 34,410 why manager Jerry Narron was fired a week earlier. A rally started by the game's featured player helped pull it out.

Brandon Phillips, whose replica jersey was given away as a fan promotion, bunted for a single off Tony Pena (3-2) with one out. He advanced on Adam Dunn's flyout and came around when Hopper -- in a 7-for-42 slump -- singled up the middle.

Phillips didn't stick around to talk after the game, leaving his new manager to speak for him.

"He can bunt, hit a home run, he's a good base stealer, he can win a game with his defense," Mackanin said.

Jon Coutlangus (4-1) took over for Coffey in the eighth and got the win.

Weathers had some frightful moments in the ninth, when Arizona put runners on first and second with one out. He struck out pinch-hitter Tony Clark and Miguel Montero to get out of the inning.

For Arizona, it was a familiar finish.

The Diamondbacks have lost seven of eight, including four in a row -- one shy of their season high. They couldn't even win behind Brandon Webb, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner who was named an All-Star replacement earlier in the day.

Again, they squandered a lot of chances. The Diamondbacks were only 2-of-9 with runners in scoring position. In the last 13 games, they've hit .147 with runners on second or third.

"Those (wasted chances) are big, especially early in the game," manager Bob Melvin said. "When you're not getting a lot of hits, you've got to execute in those situations. That's why we've been losing lately."

Webb gave up four runs in seven innings, including Edwin Encarnacion's two-run homer, during his roughest outing since May 21.

"Overall, I thought it was an average-at-best outing," Webb said. "I made the one mistake."

Reds rookie Homer Bailey looked like he belonged in the big leagues during his five innings, allowing only one run. The 21-year-old pitcher looked like an overmatched rookie in his last two times out, giving up 13 runs, 13 hits and eight walks in only 5 1/3 innings of resounding losses.

After the last pounding, he watched video of his performance and detected a small flaw in his delivery. With the problem fixed, he pitched like a top prospect again.

"I felt very comfortable with it," Bailey said.

Mackanin decided to pinch-hit for Bailey in the fifth, letting him leave on an upbeat note with a 4-1 lead.

It was followed by more eighth-inning gloom.

Coffey opened the eighth by giving up a pair of singles and Byrnes' emphatic homer off the batter's eye. Coffey dropped his head in disgust after giving up his eighth homer in only 35 1/3 innings, then got booed off the field.

Cincinnati's bullpen is among the NL's worst, leading the league with 18 losses.

Reds outfielder Josh Hamilton left the game in the third inning with a sprained right wrist. He winced when he reached on his first-inning grounder to shortstop Stephen Drew, who bobbled it for an error. When it came time for Hamilton to bat again in the third, he headed for the trainer's room instead.

Notes

Drew's error in the first inning ended the Diamondbacks' four-game streak without an error, their best of the season. ... Hamilton's wrist will be placed in a cast and examined again during the All-Star break. ... Reds 3B Ryan Freel was ejected by umpire Chad Fairchild after he was called out at first base in the seventh inning.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

E. Encarnacion
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

E. Byrnes
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, CF3113100 .312
Stephen Drew, SS4010021 .243
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000012 .294
Mark Reynolds, 3B4110010 .278
Chad Tracy, 1B4010011 .265
    Chris Young, PR0000000 .233
Scott Hairston, LF2000111 .230
Jeff Salazar, RF3011101 .200
Chris Snyder, C2000001 .212
   a- Augie Ojeda, PH1110000 .367
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .333
   b- Tony Clark, PH1000012 .211
Brandon Webb, P2000000 .054
   c- Miguel Montero, PH-C2110012 .235
Totals3247438  
a-hit a bunt single for Snyder in the 8th
b-struck out for Pena in the 9th
c-singled for Webb in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mark Reynolds (12, Bailey), Jeff Salazar (1, Bailey)
HR - Eric Byrnes (14, Coffey)
SH - Scott Hairston (2)
RBI - Eric Byrnes 3 (49), Jeff Salazar (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Salazar (1)
SB - Eric Byrnes 2 (17, 2nd base off Bailey/Valentin, 3rd base off Bailey/Valentin), Scott Hairston (2, 2nd base off Bailey/Valentin)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Salazar 1
E - Stephen Drew (8, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb 7544281 3.37
Doug Slaten 0.1000000 2.91
Tony Pena (L,3-2) 0.2311100 2.27
IBB - Hatteberg by Tony Pena
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 91-62, Doug Slaten 2-2, Tony Pena 14-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 12-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 29, Doug Slaten 1, Tony Pena 5
Cincinnati Reds
Josh Hamilton, CF1000000 .279
   a- Edwin Encarnacion, PH-3B3112010 .274
Ryan Freel, 3B-CF4120000 .254
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Jon Coutlangus, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3100111 .289
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110024 .277
Adam Dunn, LF4011000 .260
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3011100 .307
Javier Valentin, C3000012 .250
    Norris Hopper, CF1011000 .274
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010023 .248
Homer Bailey, P1000010 .200
   b- Jeff Keppinger, PH0100100 .250
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
   c- David Ross, PH-C1000000 .195
Totals3258538  
a-struck out for Hamilton in the 3rd
b-walked for Bailey in the 5th
c-grounded out for Stanton in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Freel (9, Webb)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (6, Webb)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (36), Adam Dunn (58), Scott Hatteberg (26), Norris Hopper (2)
2-OUT RBI - Norris Hopper (2)
SB - Ryan Freel 2 (10, 3rd base off Webb/Snyder, 3rd base off Webb/Snyder), Ken Griffey Jr. (3, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-B. Phillips-Hatteberg
Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey 5211250 6.99
Mike Stanton (H,7) 2000010 4.13
Todd Coffey (BS,3)0333001 4.84
Jon Coutlangus (W,4-1) 1100000 4.25
David Weathers (S,17) 1100120 2.95
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 87-51, Mike Stanton 17-12, Todd Coffey 8-6, Jon Coutlangus 13-10, David Weathers 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 5-5, Mike Stanton 2-3, Jon Coutlangus 2-0, David Weathers 1-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 19, Mike Stanton 6, Todd Coffey 3, Jon Coutlangus 3, David Weathers 5
Game Information
Attendance - 34410
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Gorman