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Back-to-back jacks lead Reds to sixth win in row

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PHOENIX -- Another victory for Cincinnati. Another hero for the Reds.

On Thursday night, it was catcher Ramon Hernandez, who with Jay Bruce hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie and Cincinnati beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5.

The victory gave the Reds a three-game sweep of the NL West cellar dwellers, and was Cincinnati's sixth consecutive victory overall, the team's longest streak of the season.

The Reds took a season-high 3½-game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the NL Central and won their seventh road game in a row.

Hernandez, on a .360 tear with two home runs since coming off the disabled list July 22, blasted a three-run shot to left field on the first pitch he saw from Joe Saunders (7-13). Bruce followed with his second home run in as many nights. It was the seventh time the Reds hit back-to-back home runs this season.

"I haven't been thinking that I was injured," Hernandez said. "I get ready the same way and try to stay patient and wait for the pitch I'm looking for. Nothing more than trying to make good contact with the ball and I'm being aggressive in the strike zone. ... I don't try for home runs."

Travis Wood, called up from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday to join the starting rotation for the time being, lasted 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run and four hits with six strikeouts. Wood (4-1) lowered his ERA to 2.51.

"Everything was feeling pretty good," Wood said. "We're playing well right now. Three here, we've got tough games in L.A. coming up, so hopefully we can carry it over and just keep moving on with it."

Hernandez's home run drove in Scott Rolen, who had walked, and Jonny Gomes, whose single put runners at first and third with one out.

The Diamondbacks made it 4-1 on Mark Reynolds' 27th home run in the bottom of the fifth.

Saunders, dealing with flu-like symptoms, gave up four runs and eight hits over six innings and lost his third straight game in his fifth start with Arizona.

"It is a simple fact that I made two bad pitches," Saunders said. "I should have known that Ramon was going to be aggressive with runners in scoring position. ... It wasn't a bad pitch, just probably the wrong pitch."

The Reds added the rest of their runs in the eighth after a two-out fielding error by Diamondbacks' left fielder Rusty Ryal, who dropped what should have been the third out after making a catch. A walk and pinch-single by Laynce Nix followed, then another walk and Drew Stubbs' two-run single.

"Rusty made the error. The guy busts his tail every day and we have to pick him up," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "Sometimes it seems like we are far away but really not. When you play a team like this and they are on a roll like this, it can be disappointing."

The Reds (70-51) put five runs on the board in the eighth, capped off with Joey Votto's two-run double. Votto was back in the lineup after sitting out Wednesday with a sore back.

The Diamondbacks had a four-run eighth that included a three-run home run by Chris Young.

Notes

  • To make room for Wood, the Reds optioned RHP Carlos Fisher to Triple-A Louisville. Fisher's designation meant that rookie Mike Leake, who has started 22 games but struggled in his past two, was moved to the bullpen. Manager Dusty Baker said Fisher will get a September call-up.
  • The official scorer changed what was ruled a sacrifice fly and RBI for Nix on Wednesday in the eighth inning to a fly out with no RBI and an error on Arizona RF Justin Upton for an overthrow of home plate. Hernandez scored on the play.
 
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Ramon Hernandez hits the first of back-to-back home runs that give the Reds the lead for good.  (AP)
Ramon Hernandez hits the first of back-to-back home runs that give the Reds the lead for good. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

R. Hernandez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

C. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110101 .282
Drew Stubbs, CF5122030 .239
Joey Votto, 1B4012112 .323
Scott Rolen, 3B4100102 .298
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Jordan Smith, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
Jonny Gomes, LF3110100 .263
    Miguel Cairo, 3B1000000 .293
Ramon Hernandez, C5123003 .305
Jay Bruce, RF5221011 .266
Paul Janish, SS3110111 .292
Travis Wood, P3000011 .087
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   a- Laynce Nix, PH-LF1111000 .289
Totals38911957  
a-singled for Ondrusek in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (23, Norberto)
HR - Ramon Hernandez (6, Saunders), Jay Bruce (13, Saunders)
RBI - Drew Stubbs 2 (57), Joey Votto 2 (81), Ramon Hernandez 3 (39), Jay Bruce (49), Laynce Nix (18)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs 2 (26), Joey Votto 2 (32), Laynce Nix (6)
CS - Paul Janish (3, 2nd base by Saunders/Hester)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Janish-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,4-1) 6.1411261 2.51
Logan Ondrusek (H,3) 0.2000010 3.38
Bill Bray 0.1333000 5.40
Jordan Smith 0.2111011 3.34
Nick Masset 1000110 3.77
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 78-50, Logan Ondrusek 6-4, Bill Bray 16-11, Jordan Smith 9-6, Nick Masset 17-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 4-8, Nick Masset 1-1
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 24, Logan Ondrusek 2, Bill Bray 4, Jordan Smith 3, Nick Masset 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Drew, SS4110103 .263
Justin Upton, RF4111032 .264
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000014 .279
Chris Young, CF4123000 .275
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000011 .273
Mark Reynolds, 3B3111110 .214
Rusty Ryal, LF3000011 .281
   a- Miguel Montero, PH0000100 .296
John Hester, C3010012 .219
   b- Gerardo Parra, PH1000001 .243
Joe Saunders, P1000001 .000
   c- Bobby Crosby, PH1010000 .222
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
    Jordan Norberto, P0000000 .000
   d- Augie Ojeda, PH1110000 .194
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   e- Ryan Church, PH1000011 .182
Totals3458539  
a-walked for Ryal in the 9th
b-flied out for Hester in the 9th
c-doubled for Saunders in the 6th
d-doubled for Norberto in the 8th
e-struck out for Gutierrez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (31, Wood), Bobby Crosby (10, Wood), Augie Ojeda (2, Bray)
HR - Chris Young (22, Smith), Mark Reynolds (27, Wood)
RBI - Justin Upton (62), Chris Young 3 (74), Mark Reynolds (71)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Rusty Ryal (5, Dropped line drive)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders (L,7-13) 6844352 4.54
Blaine Boyer 1000010 4.53
D.J. Carrasco 0.2250200 4.06
Jordan Norberto 0.1100000 6.92
Juan Gutierrez 1000010 6.47
WP - Joe Saunders (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 114-64, Blaine Boyer 9-7, D.J. Carrasco 27-11, Jordan Norberto 8-3, Juan Gutierrez 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 4-8, Blaine Boyer 2-0, D.J. Carrasco 1-2, Jordan Norberto 1-0, Juan Gutierrez 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 28, Blaine Boyer 3, D.J. Carrasco 7, Jordan Norberto 2, Juan Gutierrez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17385
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Mike Winters