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.
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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
The Diamondbacks' bullpen was the team's undoing once again in a wild back-and-forth game that also featured some shoddy defense. Reliever
"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
"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
Two-run homers from Chris Young and
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
The Reds took a three-game lead in the NL Central on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cincinnati got solo home runs from Edmonds and
"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
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.
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.