Diamondbacks can’t stop skid, lose to Reds 2-1

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX—Arizona couldn’t get the bats going and lost again to Reds, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

Action began in the top of the third inning when Joey Votto singled to center off Arizona starter Patrick Corbin to drive home Billy Hamilton to put the Reds on the board first, 1-0. Hamilton stole second base.

Bottom of the same inning, A.J. Pollock hit a solo home run off Reds starter Homer Bailey to tie the game at one. David Peralta singled to left on the next at-bat, but Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Fast forward to the top of the sixth. Scott Schebler doubled to right to drive in Adam Duvall, and the Reds took a 2-1 lead. Peralta slipped while trying to field the ball. Had he not, this would’ve been a completely different ballgame.

Bottom of the same inning, two men on for Arizona. Chris Owings singled, and Paul Goldschmidt came around and was tagged out at the plate. Chris Iannetta struck out, so it was up to Ketel Marte to be the hero again, but he struck out to end the inning.

“Tony [Perezchica] has done a super job all year long,” Manager Torey Lovullo said of his third base coach. “You go ahead and reverse it, and rewind it I should say, and think it back, this is what should’ve happened, I think we all understand it wasn’t probably the right moment to try and send Goldy.”

Patrick Corbin had a fine game, lasting six innings, giving up one run on seven hits, walking two and striking out four.

Bottom seven, Goldy up, two men on, two out. Struck out to end the inning.

Daniel Descalso couldn’t play hero in the bottom of the ninth and the Diamondbacks lost their fifth game of the week.

Up Next: Arizona takes on the Atlanta Braves on July 14 after the All-Star Break.

“We’re halfway through this marathon, but we’ve got a long way to go,” Lovullo said. “I wouldn’t want these guys to change one thing.”

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