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Reds batter D-Backs bullpen, rally to win

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PHOENIX -- Dusty Baker rarely uses the squeeze bunt, let alone trying it with a 40-year-old on third base with one out in the ninth inning.

But Jim Edmonds showed some hustle scoring from third base on pinch-hitter Chris Heisey's perfectly executed bunt that scored the go-ahead run as the Cincinnati Reds rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-7 on Wednesday night.

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Heisey dropped his bunt down the third-base line and beat the throw to first base. He eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Paul Janish, and the Reds, trailing 7-3 in the top of the eighth, struck for eight runs in the eighth and ninth in front of the smallest crowd in Diamondbacks history.

The Diamondbacks' bullpen was the team's undoing once again in a wild back-and-forth game that also featured some shoddy defense. Reliever Sam Demel gave up four runs in the top of the eighth on four consecutive hits. On came Aaron Heilman (3-4), who allowed an RBI double in the eighth before serving up what would be the winning run in the ninth, and three more after that.

"Every ball they hit was down the middle of the plate," Heilman said.

The Reds got help from an overthrow to home plate by Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton in the eighth. That allowed a run to score and kept the inning alive for Brandon Phillips to tie the game at 7 with a double, and set the stage for the Reds' 35th come-from-behind victory of the season.

"The more you do things, and the more you do them right, and the more you believe it, that's what it's all about," Baker said.

"Gutsy call by Dusty," said Laynce Nix, whose two-run double in the ninth capped the comeback. "That was exciting and a lot of fun."

Two-run homers from Chris Young and Adam LaRoche gave the Diamondbacks its biggest lead. Only 15,509 were on hand at Chase Field to see them rally from a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the fifth off starter Edinson Volquez. The right-hander was making his seventh start since returning from Tommy John surgery July 17 and struggled with his control early.

Volquez's problems led to the Diamondbacks' first run, but his defense was mostly to blame for Arizona's big inning. An error by left fielder Jonny Gomes allowed pinch-hitter Ryan Church to take second on a single with one out, then Gomes and center fielder Drew Stubbs failed to hit the cutoff man on singles by Stephen Drew and Upton, allowing both to take an extra base. Upton's hit drove in Church and Drew to tie the game.

After getting Kelly Johnson to fly out, Volquez lost the battle with Young, who was hitting cleanup for only the second time this season. Volquez was removed after 4 2/3 innings.

The Reds took a three-game lead in the NL Central on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cincinnati got solo home runs from Edmonds and Jay Bruce, and Phillips took over the NL lead in runs scored with 84.

"I could be critical of myself the way I handled the bullpen," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "Let's not put it all on those guys."

Edmonds, acquired in a trade with Milwaukee on Aug. 9, got the start at first base in place of All-Star Joey Votto, who was scratched due to tightness in his back but could return to the lineup Thursday.

Arthur Rhodes (4-3) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the victory.

The record-low crowd came only two weeks after the previous franchise low, when 15,670 watched the last-place Diamondbacks play Washington on Aug. 4.

Notes

Baker confirmed after the game that the Reds have offered him a contract extension, adding that "It will take care of itself." Baker is in the last year of a three-year contract he signed after the 2007 season, and after two losing seasons, has the Reds in position for the postseason.

 
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Ramon Hernandez is pumped up as the Reds mount a late-inning comeback against the Diamondbacks.  (AP)
Ramon Hernandez is pumped up as the Reds mount a late-inning comeback against the Diamondbacks. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

A. LaRoche
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips , 2B6121002.282
Drew Stubbs , CF4011011.237
Jim Edmonds , 1B5221011.275
Scott Rolen , 3B5010012.302
Jonny Gomes , LF3000002.262
Jay Bruce , RF5342010.265
Ramon Hernandez , C4231000.303
Paul Janish , SS4121003.291
Edinson Volquez , SP1000002.125
Laynce Nix , LF3012011.284
Miguel Cairo , PH-2B1110000.301
Chris Heisey , PH-CF1111000.283
Totals421118100514
BATTING
2B - B Phillips 2 (31); J Edmonds (23); R Hernandez (14); L Nix (10)
3B - J Bruce (5)
HR - J Edmonds (9); J Bruce (12)
RBI - B Phillips (45); D Stubbs (55); J Edmonds (21); J Bruce 2 (48); R Hernandez (36); P Janish (18); L Nix 2 (17); C Heisey (14)
SF - D Stubbs (5); P Janish (1)
S - E Volquez (3)
BASERUNNING
SB - D Stubbs (19)
FIELDING
E - J Gomes (3)
Cincinnati Reds
Edinson Volquez 4.26553514.98
Bill Bray 1.11001203.86
Jordan Smith 1.02220113.10
Arthur Rhodes (W,4-3) 1.01000101.37
Nick Masset 1.00000203.83
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew , SS5120013.263
Justin Upton , RF5112021.264
Kelly Johnson , 2B4000111.281
Chris B. Young , CF5222022.273
Adam LaRoche , 1B3222100.275
Mark Reynolds , 3B3000131.213
Miguel Montero , C3000103.296
Gerardo Parra , LF4011002.244
Rodrigo Lopez , SP1000011.058
a-Ryan Church , PH-RF1110000.183
Augie Ojeda , PH-2B1010000.182
Rusty Ryal , 3B1000011.287
Totals36710741115
a-Singled for R Lopez in the 5th.
BATTING
2B - C Young (30)
HR - C Young (21); A LaRoche (21)
RBI - J Upton 2 (61); C Young 2 (71); A LaRoche 2 (77); G Parra (24)
FIELDING
E - J Upton (5)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Rodrigo Lopez 5.08330124.94
Esmerling Vasquez 1.01000204.30
Sam Demel 1.14430204.78
Aaron Heilman (L,3-4) 1.15440003.90
Juan Gutierrez 0.10000006.64
Game Information
Attendance - 15509
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Jerry Layne