CINCINNATI -- Paul Goldschmidt snapped out of a recent slump to power the D-backs to a series-clinching 11-7 victory over the Reds on Saturday at Great American Ball Park. Arizona has taken all three of the four-game series so far to climb back to .500 at 61-61, while the Reds have lost eight straight.
Goldschmidt hit a pair of two-run homers to finish 4-for-5 with four RBIs and one stolen base. The D-backs finished with 16 hits, also getting multihit games from Ender Inciarte (2-for-4), the red-hot A.J. Pollock (3-for-5) and Chris Owings (3-for-4).
"We had really good at-bats all night," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "I thought the hustle to first base, the baserunning we did and just putting the ball in play and [battling]. Knowing in this ballpark, like our ballpark, like Colorado, bulk scorers, you got to keep scoring to win games and you're never comfortable. They had it in them tonight." More >
Randall Delgado lasted only 2 1/3 innings for Arizona, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks in his first start of the season. Delgado -- who had made 43 appearances out of the bullpen this season -- was working with a pitch limit, throwing only 65 pitches. He was pulled after giving up three runs on three straight doubles to Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce and Brennan Boesch in the third inning.
"It's not easy. It's a totally different situation you're putting him in since Spring Training," Hale said of Delgado's first start. "He was OK. He's got better stuff than that and I think it'll show in his next start."
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani also struggled. The rookie righty gave up six runs on 10 hits, while striking out four to pick up his second straight loss. DeSclafani gave up runs in four of his five innings.
"Anthony threw a lot of really good pitches, but the Diamondbacks did a tremendous job of hitting in two-strike situations," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Striking early: It didn't take long for the D-backs to get on the board -- one pitch, to be exact. Inciarte sent DeSclafani's first pitch into the seats in right field for his first career leadoff home run. The homer traveled an estimated 384 feet and left the bat at 99 mph, according to Statcast™. Pollock followed with a single and Goldschmidt broke out of a homerless slump with a two-run blast to right field. It was Goldschmidt's first hit of the series and only his second home run in 119 at-bats since the All-Star break.
"I was ready to swing at that first pitch," Inciarte said. "I remembered I faced him at home and I swung at the first pitch, so they probably thought I wasn't swinging at the first pitch. ... So I said, 'Well, I'm going to swing at the first pitch.'" More >
Brandon's back:Brandon Phillips scored Cincinnati's first run when he singled to left, advanced on a Eugenio Suarez base hit and came home on Frazier's RBI single. Phillips sat out Thursday's series opener, and he was limited to pinch-hitting Friday after dealing with inflammation in his right biceps during Wednesday's loss to Kansas City.
Strong out of the 'pen: After Delgado's short outing, reliever Zack Godley came in to stop the bleeding and earn the victory. Godley retired the first five batters he faced and allowed one run on one hit and one walk in 3 2/3 innings.
"Very good; what we expected," Hale said of Godley. "We wanted to piggyback. We would have liked to get maybe one more out of Randall, but you could tell the last 20 or 30 pitches that he didn't have his good stuff. We are trying to extend him out now, so hopefully his next start he'll have a little better stuff, but Zack saved us."
Catches like a vet: Cincinnati center fielder Ryan LaMarre was 0-for-5 in his big league debut, but he made a fine defensive play in the sixth inning when he sprinted to his left for a terrific diving catch of Owings' line drive.
"Defense is something I try to take pride in every day," LaMarre said. More >
"They were aggressive in the first inning and aggressive all night. Plain and simple, I wasn't good tonight." -- DeSclafani
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Goldschmidt has gotten the better of DeSclafani in the young pitcher's career. After going 3-for-3 against DeSclafani on Saturday, Goldschmidt is 6-for-6 with one home run and two doubles against the righty.
Price successfully challenged a call in the fifth inning on what was initially a 3-6-3 double play off the bat of Bruce. The review showed that Owings, Arizona's shortstop, had come off the bag at second base while receiving the throw from first baseman Goldschmidt, and the call was overturned.
The D-backs were also victorious in a challenge in the eighth inning. Jake Lamb was thrown out at first base on a soft grounder hit to third baseman Frazier, but after a replay review, the call was overturned and Lamb was awarded a base hit. The review lasted one minute and 26 seconds.
WHAT'S NEXT D-backs: Righty Chase Anderson (5-5, 4.51 ERA) will take the mound when the D-backs and Reds wrap up their four-game series on Sunday at Great American Ball Park at 4:10 p.m. PT. Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Reno earlier this week, but he was recalled before making an appearance in the Minors because Jeremy Hellickson was sent to the disabled list. Anderson threw seven scoreless innings to pick up a victory against the Reds on Aug. 7.
Reds: The Reds will send rookie right-hander Raisel Iglesias (3-4, 4.21 ERA) out for his 12th start of the season Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET. Iglesias allowed one earned run over six innings in his only start vs. Arizona this season. Sunday will mark the 70th start by a rookie pitcher this season for Cincinnati.