Miley strikes out nine, but gives up four solo homers

Peralta makes his Major League debut and collects two hits

Miley strikes out nine, but gives up four solo homers

PHOENIX -- Wade Miley pitched well against the Reds on Sunday. He threw only four bad pitches. Unfortunately for Miley and the D-backs, those four pitches cost them dearly.

Miley (3-6) gave up four solo home runs in the D-backs 4-3 loss to the Reds at Chase Field. The win clinched the four-game series for the Reds, who lost the opener on Thursday.

"I felt great," Miley said. "I felt like I was getting ahead in counts, moving the ball around. Just those four pitches."

With the exception of the four pitches that left the ballpark, Miley pitched like he did against the Padres on May 27, when he struck out 11 batters in seven innings. He punched out nine Sunday and scattered the eight hits he gave up across six innings, limiting the damage when he did give up home runs.

When he got into jams, he escaped them. In the second inning, the Reds had runners on the corners with one out. But Miley avoided a rally when, for the second time in two games, the D-backs got an out in an extended rundown. After Devin Mesoraco was tagged out near third base, Skip Schumaker grounded out, ending the threat.

But when the Reds scored, they did it quickly. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each hit home runs in the third inning, and Ryan Ludwick contributed one in the fourth to give the Reds a 3-0 lead.

But the D-backs rallied in the fourth, thanks in part to some Venezuelan flair.

After Paul Goldschmidt walked, Miguel Montero scored him with a double off the right-field wall. Then Martin Prado singled, moving Montero to third before he scored on a sacrifice fly from Eric Chavez.

With the D-backs still down a run, they turned to another Venezuelan-born player -- David Peralta, who had been playing at Double-A Mobile until Sunday morning. Peralta singled for his first Major League hit, continuing the inning so another Venezuelan player, Ender Inciarte, could drive in the tying run.

"These 24 hours have been great for me," Peralta said. "It's a dream come true."

After right fielder Gerardo Parra singled in the seventh inning, the D-backs became the first team in Major League history to have five Venezuelan starters -- Inciarte, Montero, Parra, Peralta and Prado -- record a hit in a game.

"That's amazing," Peralta said. "We work together, so it was pretty good. … [I am] so excited to be a part of that."

Lightning struck for Miley again in the fifth inning -- this time in the form of right fielder Chris Heisey, who hit the fourth solo home run of the game off a 92-mph two-seam fastball.

"I thought [the pitch] was way off," Miley said. "To where he hit it, it's pretty impressive."

Said manager Kirk Gibson: "You see a ball pulled on the outside corner out of the park, it's just up too much."

While Miley struggled, Reds starter Alfredo Simon (7-3) kept the D-backs off the board for most of the game.

Outside of the three-run fourth inning, Simon pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He walked only one batter while striking out four and giving up seven total hits.

"They made their push," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Alfredo not only managed it but kept himself in the game and was able to go out there for another couple of innings and really keep us in and give us a chance to win the game."

The D-backs didn't fare any better against the Reds' bullpen. Relievers Sam LeCure and Jonathan Broxton gave up two hits over their combined 1 2/3 innings before fireballer Aroldis Chapman came in and struck out two batters en route to his second save of the series.

"It just wasn't meant to be today," Gibson said. "That's frustrating. At the end, they just shut us down."

Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.