D-backs match 2 Reds' rallies, walk off on WP

D-backs match 2 Reds' rallies, walk off on WP

PHOENIX -- After the D-backs blew a lead in the ninth inning and had to rally after falling behind in the 10th, Brandon Drury scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th to lift Arizona to a 4-3 win over the Reds in the series opener at Chase Field on Friday night.

"I was just looking for a ball in the dirt, and that's what he threw," Drury said. "You've got to be ready for a ball in the dirt and any time it goes to the backstop, you've got to score on that play."

Drury hit a one-out double to left field off Cincinnati right-hander Blake Wood (5-3), then advanced to third on a Chris Owings groundout. After Tuffy Gosewisch walked, Drury came home for the winning run when the first pitch Wood threw to Jean Segura bounced to the backstop. Edwin Escobar (1-2) notched his first career win, pitching a scoreless top of the 11th.

Scott Schebler and Eugenio Suarez hit consecutive one-out singles in the 10th, each moved up a base on a balk by D-backs reliever Enrique Burgos and Schebler scored Cincinnati's go-ahead run on a Ramon Cabrera sacrifice fly. But Arizona tied it at 3 in the bottom of the inning after Phil Gosselin walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a balk, and scored on a fielder's choice. The Reds have dropped four of their last five games.

"It's a tough one to swallow," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "There's a game out there to win and we weren't able to get it done."

D-backs reliever Daniel Hudson blew a save opportunity after allowing three straight two-out singles in the ninth, with Jose Peraza's knock to right tying the game at 2. Arizona let a ninth-inning lead slip for the third time in five games -- but has won all three of them.

Offense bails out D-backs' bullpen again

Reds starter Brandon Finnegan struck out a career-high 12 batters over six innings, allowing two runs on three hits and lowering his August ERA to 2.67. D-backs starter Braden Shipley pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and four walks.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Weeks' contact: D-backs veteran left fielder Rickie Weeks Jr. completed the more difficult half of the cycle by the end of the fourth inning. In the second, he hit his first triple since June 21, 2014, later scoring on a Drury single. Weeks broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out solo homer in the fourth, which traveled 429 feet according to Statcast™. It was his 21st career homer against the Reds, the most he has against any opponent in his 13-year career.

Weeks Jr.'s solo homer

Racking up K's: Finnegan established himself quickly and struck out his first four batters and five of the first six, especially while utilizing his improved changeup. Through four innings, he already had eight strikeouts. The last Reds pitcher to notch 12 strikeouts in a game was Raisel Iglesias on Aug. 23, 2015. Finnegan's opponents are 4-for-43 (.093) against him in his last two starts, totaling 13 innings. The left-hander noted that he did not feel good about his stuff throwing in the bullpen pregame.

"I think I threw the worst 'pen of my life before the game. Luckily it turned around on the mound," Finnegan said. "I had every pitch working for me and I was staying in the zone and hitting spots. That was it."

Finnegan fans 12 in six innings

Welcome back, A.J.: D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock played in his first game of the season after fracturing his right elbow in an exhibition game on April 1. Pollock went 0-for-5, driving in the tying run in the 10th on a fielder's choice. He made all the routine plays defensively, also making a nice lunging grab to rob Brandon Phillips of a hit in the fourth.

"It's just good to be back out there with the team and to get the win was huge," Pollock said. "It's like for Opening Day for me, you've got to get all the first stuff out the way. It was good to get out there, it wasn't pretty, but move onto tomorrow with a 'W' behind us." More >

Pollock runs back, robs Phillips

Last strike success: The Reds were twice down to their last strike in the top of the ninth against Hudson. Pinch-hitter Ivan De Jesus Jr. started the rally by hitting a full-count pitch for a single to center field. Following Billy Hamilton's first-pitch single, Peraza turned an 0-2 count to a 3-2 count before punching an opposite-field RBI single to right field to tie the game at 2.

"It's kind of hard because we lost the game," Peraza said via translator Julio Morillo. "At the moment, I was focused 100 percent on that at-bat. It was that moment when everything was right. We didn't win but in the moment I got the base hit and we tied the game." More >

REPLAY REVIEW
When Paul Goldschmidt stole second base with two outs in the eighth inning, the Reds challenged the safe call by umpire Carlos Torres, thinking Phillips applied the tag on Goldschmidt's back as he slid. But after a brief review, the call was confirmed.

Goldschmidt's nice play nets DP

A crew-chief review in the top of the 10th inning confirmed that Suarez was out at third base, tagging up on Cabrera's sac fly. The run still counted because Schebler reached home before Suarez was tagged out.

Cabrera's go-ahead sac fly DP

WHAT'S NEXT
Reds: Anthony DeSclafani will be pitching and shortstop Zack Cozart is expected back in the lineup when the series continues at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. DeSclafani pitched seven innings in a 4-0 loss to the Dodgers Sunday, allowing all four runs on eight hits, with one intentional walk and six strikeouts. Cozart has not started since Aug. 17 because of knee and Achilles tendon soreness.

D-backs: Zack Godley takes the mound for the D-backs when this three-game set continues on Saturday at 5:10 p.m. MST. Godley (4-2, 5.53) has a 6.57 ERA in two starts since rejoining the starting rotation. Last time out, the right-hander allowed a career-high seven runs in five innings against the Braves.

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Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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