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Razzed Leake keeps focus, sparks Reds to victory

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CINCINNATI -- The Diamondbacks couldn't beat a pitcher getting razzed in his own ballpark.

Mike Leake saw a few caustic signs during his first appearance since his shoplifting arrest, but ignored them and gave the Cincinnati Reds a much-needed boost Thursday, going seven innings for a 7-4 victory over Arizona.

"I've never been in that position myself," said Stephen Drew, who had an RBI single off Leake and a solo homer. "It was probably a release for him to be able to get out there and do something he's done his whole life."

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Leake (3-0) led the Reds to only their second win in eight games. The defending NL Central champs had fallen to .500 for the first time since May 8, and desperately needed a good showing by Leake, who allowed three runs and fanned six in his longest outing of the season.

"He throws everything, and he'll throw any pitch at any time," Drew said. "That's how he pitches. He got on a roll for two or three innings where he had good command."

Police reports said Leake removed the tags from six American Rag T-shirts at a Macy's store downtown on Monday afternoon and tried to leave without paying for them. The shirts were valued at $59.88.

Reds manager Dusty Baker considered skipping his turn in the rotation, but decided Leake wouldn't let the arrest distract from his pitching preparations.

A few fans had fun at his expense.

Leake got a typical round of applause when he came to bat for the first time and grounded into a double play that ended the first inning. One fan in the left field stands held up a sign that said, "Mike Leake We Gave You The Bunt Sign Not The Steal Sign!" Another sign said, "Steal Us A Win Leake."

Two fans sitting 10 rows behind the home dugout wore Bengals helmets -- the NFL team had a series of player arrests a few years back.

"I didn't know if they were going to support me or not," Leake said. "For the most part, I think they were very nice about it."

Leake didn't get off to a good start, although that's been the norm in Cincinnati lately. Brian Roberts doubled and scored on Drew's single for a 1-0 lead -- the fifth game in a row that a Reds starter allowed at least one run in the opening inning.

The Reds have given up 23 runs in the first inning, the most in the majors.

Daniel Hudson (0-4) was far worse in the bottom half of the inning, throwing 37 pitches while facing nine batters. He walked Jay Bruce and Paul Janish with the bases loaded to force in runs, and gave up a two-run single by Miguel Cairo. Joey Votto hit his third homer in the fifth, helping the Reds pull away.

Hudson also has been struggling in the first inning.

"I can't keep putting my team in a deficit and expect them to fight their way out of it," Hudson said. "I've got to fight through this. I'm extremely frustrated. That's three straight games -- four straight, really -- where I've struggled in the first inning. That's unacceptable."

Manager Kirk Gibson could see the frustration building in the 24-year-old pitcher as the first inning went along.

"He lost his composure a little bit," Gibson said. "We have to work on getting him going in the first inning. It hasn't been good. I saw him kick the mound one time. It looks like he's trying too hard. He has good stuff."

Francisco Cordero came on with a four-run lead in the ninth and gave up a homer by Drew, a single and a walk before getting Russell Branyan to ground out.

Notes

  • Arizona 3B Melvin Mora missed his third game with a sore left foot.
  • Roberts, who took Mora's place in the lineup, has a career-high eight-game hitting streak.
  • Hudson gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.92.
  • The Reds have been outscored 23-16 in the first inning.
  • Baker gave 3B Scott Rolen a day off, saying he looked slow the last couple of days.
  • The Reds went 2-5 on their homestand, leaving them 7-6 at Great American Ball Park this season.
 
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Despite nasty signs regarding his recent shoplifting arrest, Mike Leake K's six over seven solid innings. (AP)
Despite nasty signs regarding his recent shoplifting arrest, Mike Leake K's six over seven solid innings. (AP)

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kelly Johnson, 2B3111110 .188
Ryan Roberts, 3B4110002 .366
Justin Upton, RF4000011 .269
Stephen Drew, SS4122010 .340
Chris Young, CF4000021 .236
Juan Miranda, 1B3100120 .233
Gerardo Parra, LF4020010 .270
Henry Blanco, C3000012 .000
   a- Miguel Montero, PH0000100 .358
Daniel Hudson, P1001000 .500
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Bloomquist, PH1000000 .306
    Josh Collmenter, P0000000 .000
   c- Russell Branyan, PH1000002 .276
Totals3246439  
a-walked for Blanco in the 9th
b-lined out for Demel in the 7th
c-grounded out for Collmenter in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Roberts (3, Leake)
HR - Kelly Johnson (3, Leake), Stephen Drew (1, Cordero)
SH - Daniel Hudson (2)
RBI - Kelly Johnson (6), Stephen Drew 2 (11), Daniel Hudson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (6)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Drew-Johnson-Miranda, Miranda-Drew-Collmenter
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daniel Hudson (L,0-4) 5.1577431 5.92
Sam Demel 0.2100010 3.68
Josh Collmenter 2300020 0.00
HBP - Hernandez (by Daniel Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Hudson 101-57, Sam Demel 10-7, Josh Collmenter 30-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Hudson 5-7, Sam Demel 1-0, Josh Collmenter 1-1
Batters Faced - Daniel Hudson 25, Sam Demel 3, Josh Collmenter 7
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Heisey, CF-LF4000021 .241
Brandon Phillips, 2B4120000 .350
Joey Votto, 1B4221011 .418
Jonny Gomes, LF3100110 .228
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Jay Bruce, RF3111100 .258
Miguel Cairo, 3B3112111 .250
Ramon Hernandez, C3121000 .351
Paul Janish, SS3012101 .293
Mike Leake, P3000012 .200
    Drew Stubbs, CF0000000 .271
Totals3079746  
Batting
2B - Ramon Hernandez (3, Hudson)
HR - Joey Votto (3, Hudson)
RBI - Joey Votto (10), Jay Bruce (7), Miguel Cairo 2 (5), Ramon Hernandez (9), Paul Janish 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto (3)
CS - Jay Bruce (1, 2nd base by Collmenter/Blanco)
Team LOB - 4
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake (W,3-0) 7433261 4.94
Logan Ondrusek 1000010 0.77
Francisco Cordero 1211121 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 97-62, Logan Ondrusek 9-7, Francisco Cordero 29-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 7-8, Logan Ondrusek 1-1, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 27, Logan Ondrusek 3, Francisco Cordero 6
Game Information
Attendance - 17319
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom