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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Arizona0 0 1 0 5 0 0 1 0 7120
Cincinnati1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 570
  W: K. Ginkel (2-0)   L: T. Mahle (2-11)   S: A. Bradley (13)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 6, 2019
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 19,048

Next stop is Cincinnati in D-backs' wild-card chase

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Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Diamondbacks and Reds are facing off for the first time this season. They are the only teams in the same league who have yet to play each other this year.
  2. Cincinnati's Tyler Mahle is 2-10 (.167) this season despite averaging 9.19 strikeouts per nine innings. In MLB history, there has never been a pitcher to average 9.00+ strikeouts per nine innings and yet finish with a sub-.200 winning percentage in a season (minimum 100 IP).
  3. Phillip Ervin hit the Reds' first walkoff home run of the season yesterday against the Phillies. That now leaves the Mariners as the only MLB team that has not hit a walkoff home run this year.
  4. Robbie Ray is one strikeout away from his third 200-strikeout season. He would join Randy Johnson (5) as the only pitchers to have at least three 200-strikeout seasons in a Diamondbacks uniform.
  5. In Arizona's most recent game, rookie Zac Gallen pitched 7.0 shutout innings and allowed one hit, while in the game before that, rookie Merrill Kelly pitched 7.0 shutout innings and allowed three hits. It's just the second time since the mound was lowered in 1969 that any team has had rookie starters pitch 7.0+ shutout innings while allowing three hits or fewer in back-to-back games; the Pirates' Jimmy Anderson and Bronson Arroyo also did so on July 21-22, 2000.
  6. With one more triple by Ketel Marte, he and Eduardo Escobar would be the first teammate duo to each have 30+ homers and 10+ triples in the same season since the Yankees' Joe DiMaggio and Charlie Keller did so in 1941.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/6/2019 thru 9/8/2019

The Arizona Diamondbacks have won nine of their past 10 games to become the nearest pursuer for the final wild card from the National League.

The Diamondbacks head into the opener of their three-game series in Cincinnati against the Reds on Friday night 3 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot.

Arizona was idle on Thursday, while the Philadelphia Phillies lost their second straight game to the Reds, allowing the Diamondbacks to move ahead of the Phillies in pursuit of the Cubs.

"We're close," Diamondbacks center fielder/second baseman Ketel Marte told reporters after hitting a grand slam in a 4-1 win against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, which completed a three-game sweep. "We're playing good baseball now. I keep saying, we've got good talent here. We've got a good team."

The Diamondbacks' recent run of success includes a two-game sweep in San Francisco over the Giants, who were one game ahead of Arizona heading into that series, but now sit six games back of the Diamondbacks.

Arizona also took three of four from the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers last weekend.

"The energy is live in here," said Arizona outfielder Jarrod Dyson. "The guys come in expecting to win. We go out there and apply pressure."

The Reds should be optimistic after winning their final two games against the Phillies to earn a split of the four-game series.

Cincinnati should also benefit from having Eugenio Suarez in the lineup.

Suarez, who leads the Reds with 41 home runs and 88 RBIs, went 3-for-5 with a solo home run on Thursday after not being in the starting lineup for the first three games of the series against the Phillies.

Suarez was out with a left hand contusion that occurred when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"Probably didn't really hurt him to have a couple days off," Reds manager David Bell said. "It's hard to get him out of the lineup. I know he's really grateful that the injury wasn't worse."

Cincinnati plans to send right-hander Tyler Mahle to the mound for the series opener.

Mahle (2-10, 4.72 ERA) is looking for his first win since May 31, having gone 0-5 with a 5.32 ERA in his past nine starts.

He has pitched well enough to end that losing streak, however.

Most recently, he returned from a six-week absence because of a left hamstring strain and allowed two runs, one earned, run and two hits in 6 1/3 innings on Sunday in St. Louis. He left with a 3-1 lead, but the bullpen gave up single runs in each of the last three innings and the Cardinals won 4-3.

Mahle said after that game that pitching coach Derek Johnson "was like, 'Go out and do what you do,' That's exactly what me and (catcher Tucker Barnhart) went out and tried to do. Pitch like I always pitch."

Mahle has never faced Arizona in his major league career.

Arizona is expected to send left-hander Robbie Ray to the mound for his 29th start of the season, which would be the second-most in his six-year career.

Ray (12-7, 3.97 ERA) went 3-0 in August with a 4.30 ERA as the Diamondbacks averaged 7.8 runs in his five starts.

He most recently allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings on Saturday against the Dodgers, earning the win in the 6-5 victory.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 6, 2019

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