Suarez sparks Reds' bats to down D-backs

Suarez sparks Reds' bats to down D-backs

PHOENIX -- Eugenio Suarez, Brandon Phillips and Marlon Byrd all hit home runs to help the Reds break out of their offensive slump and beat the D-backs, 4-1, at Chase Field on Saturday night.

Suarez hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put the Reds ahead and Phillips added a solo shot the following inning. The Reds had been shut out in back-to-back games entering Saturday. Starter Keyvius Sampson notched his first big league win.

Sampson earns his first MLB win

"It's fun," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's something we're starting to get used to. A lot of our young guys getting their first hit, their first win. A lot of highlight moments for a group of young guys, especially in the starting rotation right now."

For his fifth straight outing, D-backs starter Robbie Ray couldn't come away with a win. Ray gave up three runs on five hits in six innings and matched a career high with eight strikeouts. The left-hander lost for the third time in four starts.

D-backs retire Randy Johnson's No. 51 jersey

Johnson's number retired

Scoreless streak snapped: The Reds' struggles scoring runs reached near record proportions for the franchise on Saturday night. But their scoreless streak was snapped at 30 consecutive innings when Byrd doubled and Suarez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the fourth. The streak, which began in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 13-inning loss to the Cardinals, was the first time the Reds had gone 30 innings without scoring since April 18-22, 1989.

Byrd's solo homer

D-backs score first, then go cold: For the second night in a row, the D-backs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a David Peralta RBI single. This time, Peralta knocked in A.J. Pollock, who had hit an opposite-field double to right. And just like Friday, the D-backs' bats went cold in the middle innings, and it ended up being their lone run of the night.

Goldy can't break out: D-backs slugger Paul Goldschmidt may be batting .332, but he has been mired in a slump since the beginning of August. He is 3-for-27 in seven games this month after going 0-for-4 on Saturday, which included a strikeout and grounding into a double play. All three of his August hits came on Wednesday against the Nationals.

"He can't always be the guy to save us," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We sort of always count on him to be that guy and it's not that easy to do all the time. They're pitching him pretty well. He obviously didn't get the hits tonight but we always want him up in those situations and we'll take our chances."

Sampson shows mighty strength: Making only his second Major League start, the former Padres prospect earned his first MLB victory. He held the D-backs to a run on four hits while walking three and striking out four in six innings.

"I felt like I pitched well, it was two pitches that got me tonight and if I could take those two back, I would. For the most part, I threw well and I gave my team a chance to win." -- Ray, on his start

Ray's six solid frames

Reds: The Reds close their three-game set against the D-backs on Sunday and they head on for three games against the Padres in San Diego and four more vs. the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (7-7, 3.71) gets the 4:10 p.m. ET start.

D-backs: The D-backs send Patrick Corbin to the mound for the series finale at 1:10 p.m. MST. Corbin (2-3, 3.99) lasted just 1 1/3 innings last time out, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks to the Nationals. The D-backs left-hander has a 2.28 ERA in three career starts against the Reds.

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