Anderson wins duel as D-backs blank Reds

Anderson wins duel as D-backs blank Reds

PHOENIX -- Chase Anderson returned from the disabled list and looked more like the starter he was back in the early months of the season. The D-backs' right-hander hurled seven scoreless innings, leading his team to a 2-0 win over the Reds at Chase Field on Friday night.

Anderson was making his first start since July 18 after going on the DL with right triceps inflammation. He allowed just four hits and matched a season high with seven strikeouts. Anderson was 1-3 with a 9.12 ERA in his last five starts before going on the DL.

"My arm feels good. I'm healthy, and that's the main key," Anderson said. "Overall, I felt really good and just pleased to get back out there and compete and help this team win games."

Reds starter Raisel Iglesias took the loss despite giving up just one run on three hits over six innings. The Reds were shut out for the second game in a row and for the the third time in five games.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
D-backs score early: Ender Inciarte led off the bottom of the first with a single to extend his hitting streak to five games. After A.J. Pollock walked, Inciarte advanced to third on a flyout by Paul Goldschmidt and then scored on a single by David Peralta, who collected his eighth RBI in his last nine games and put the D-backs up, 1-0. They didn't get another hit until Pollock's two-out double in the sixth.

Peralta's RBI single

Hail Iglesias: Iglesias made his second consecutive quality start, retiring 15 D-backs in a row at one point until Pollock's double. Goldschmidt whiffed for the second time in the game to end the inning, and that was the last batter Iglesias faced. More >

Back home, Castillo's still hot: D-backs catcher Welington Castillo hit a solo homer with one out in the seventh inning to pad the lead. On the team's previous 10-game road trip, Castillo batted .400 and hit six homers, tied for the second-most on a single road trip in club history. He has 14 home runs this season, 12 of which have come since being traded to the D-backs on June 3.

Castillo's solo blast

"It's just getting the at-bats," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He has a good swing. He has a solid, fundamental swing that if a pitcher makes a mistake, he's able to cash in."

QUOTABLE
"Right now we're not swinging the bats very well. I don't want to say it's frustrating. It's baseball and you want it to turn and I know it's going to turn. We just have to fall back on the fact that we've got guys who have performed in the past. They'll get that feeling again." -- Reds manager Bryan Price, on his team's struggles

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Price used a challenge in the fifth inning on a play that involved a pair of unorthodox putouts and a throwing error by the D-backs. Iglesias attempted a sacrifice bunt with two runners on and no outs, but Goldschmidt fielded it and got the lead runner out at third. Jake Lamb then threw the ball past first base going for a double play. But Inciarte fielded and rifled it to second to nab Iglesias trying to go to second, which was the call Price had reviewed. After 3 minutes, 10 seconds, the call stood and Iglesias was the second out of the inning.

D-backs' odd double play stands

WHAT'S NEXT
Reds: Seven rookies have made 55 starts for the Reds thus far this season, and Keyvius Sampson (0-1, 4.50) is slated to go to the hill on Saturday night in an 8:10 p.m. ET start at Chase Field.

D-backs: Robbie Ray takes the mound for the second game of the series at 5:10 MST. Ray, who is pitching on an extra day of rest, is 0-2 with a 4.98 ERA over his last four starts. The left-hander is making his first career start against the Reds.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. Jake Rill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.