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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 031
Arizona0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 x 111
  W: M. Kelly (11-14)   L: A. DeSclafani (9-9)   S: A. Bradley (14)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, September 14, 2019
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 35,151

D-backs running out of time, hope in wild-card chase

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Reds avoided a sweep to the Mariners last night with an 11-5 win last night, hitting three home runs. This month, 61.2 percent of Cincinnati's runs have come via the home run, third in MLB.
  2. After winning 11 of 12 games, Arizona has lost five straight, getting swept in four games to the Mets. The D-Backs averaged 5.7 runs during their 12-game run, but have averaged just 1.4 runs in their last five, batting .171 as a team.
  3. These two teams met earlier this month in which Joey Votto went 4-for-9 with four walks in the three-game series. Votto has hit .354 with a 1.032 OPS in his career against Arizona. That batting average is the highest by any active player (minimum 200 PA) and his OPS is second behind Freddie Freeman (1.062).
  4. Freddy Galvis hit a grand slam earlier this season with the Blue Jays and hit one last night with the Reds. He is the first player in MLB history to hit a grand slam as a shortstop for two different teams in the same season.
  5. Ketel Marte is one of two qualified players this season to hit at least .325 against both left-handed and right-handed pitching (hitting .329 versus RHP, .325 versus LHP), along with Washington's Anthony Rendon. The only player in D-Backs history to do this in a full season is Luis Gonzalez in 1999.
  6. Eugenio Suarez hit his 45th home run last night, most by any Cincinnati third baseman in franchise history. The last third baseman to hit as many was Alex Rodriguez in 2007 (54).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019

The Arizona Diamondbacks continued their three-week stretch of extremes Friday, and their playoff chances took another hit.

The Diamondbacks lost their sixth in a row -- 4-3 to the Cincinnati Reds -- in the first game of a three-game series in Phoenix, falling 4 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second National League wild-card spot with 14 games to play and four teams to catch.

The downturn has come after Arizona won 11 of 12 before the Reds posted a 4-3 walk-off victory in Cincinnati on Sunday.

"It's frustrating, and it's not easy to chalk it up to the game," Arizona first baseman Christian Walker said. "But it's how it goes when it is good and it's how it goes when it is bad. Unfortunately, it's on the wrong end for us.

"We are still fighting for something, and every day we are excited to show up to the ballpark. We are motivated. We're looking forward to the rest of the games. The last few have been a rough patch for sure, but that's in the past."

Arizona's game Friday started about the time the Cubs' 17-8 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates ended, and the Diamondbacks were paying attention.

"We knew what was happening in Chicago," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "We followed that. We earned that right to look up at the scoreboard and see what was going on.

"We have to block everything out tomorrow. We have to make something happen. This game, you can change things in a hurry. But the one common denominator is, we have to take care of our business our way and do the things we do best."

Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly (10-14, 4.68 ERA) will face Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (9-8, 4.06 ERA) on Saturday.

Kelly, who will pitch against the Reds for the first time, has made two consecutive quality starts, the last at the New York Mets, limiting them to three runs in six innings while striking out five in a 3-1 loss on Monday. He threw seven scoreless innings while striking out nine in a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sept. 3.

Kelly, who has made all 29 of his scheduled starts this season, leads the NL in losses. His 1.35 WHIP is tied for 30th among 34 NL qualifiers.

DeSclafani have up three runs (two earned) and three hits in six innings against Arizona on Sunday, but he was not involved in the decision. He is 2-1 with a 2.32 ERA in his past five appearances.

DeSclafani has tied his career high in victories and is on pace to tie his career high of 31 starts set in 2015. He missed the 2017 season due to an elbow injury.

"He is pitching as strong as he has the whole year," Reds manager David Bell said. "That's a big step for him. He's grown in a lot of different ways as a pitcher, learning how to use his stuff. The big thing is just his health and being strong. Getting through this whole year will give him a lot of confidence going into next year."

The 29-year-old New Jersey native is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in five career starts against Arizona and 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts at Chase Field.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 14, 2019

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