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Diamondbacks try to get back on track vs. Reds

Sep 13, 2008 - 10:11 AM Cincinnati (66-81) at Arizona (72-74), 8:10pm EDT

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- During the first month of the season, everything was coming easily for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the final month, nothing is.

The Diamondbacks, who have fallen 3 1/2 games back in the National League West race, try to gain some ground when they host the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Arizona finally put the brakes on its six-game losing streak on Friday, but even that didn't come easily. Cy Young candidate Brandon Webb pitches a gem to earn his 20th victory, tossing eight shutout innings to rebound from three awful outings.

But his bullpen nearly gave it away, as close Brandon Lyon gave up four hits - including a two-run single by Jeff Keppinger - in the ninth as the Reds cut the deficit to one. Lyon had to be bailed out by Chad Qualls, who got the final out to preserve the win.

As it is, it's going to be a difficult road. The team can't control its destiny, as it doesn't have any games remaining against the Dodgers.

What the Diamondbacks can do, is try to beat up on some of the league's weaker teams - namely the Reds this weekend - and hope the Dodgers falter. On Saturday, they'll face one of Webb's All-Star teammates, Cincinnati righthander Edinson Volquez (16-5, 3.23 ERA), but they may be catching him at the right time.

Volquez hasn't lost since August 5, but has started to appear more vulnerable than he did earlier in the year. He has given up four runs or more in each of his last three starts - though he has registered 29 strikeouts over that same stretch.

His counterpart, Randy Johnson (10-9, 4.21) hasn't won since August 12. Still stuck at 294 career victories, Johnson has failed to pick up a win in four starts over the last month. In his last start, he was shelled by the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.








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    CINCINNATI 1 3 8 0
    ARIZONA 0 2 7 1 (FINAL 10)

    BATTERIES: CIN

    Sep 14 12:10 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MICAH OWINGS SCORED CHRIS DICKERSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M OWINGS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    ARIZONA 2 TOP, 10TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: D RICHAR (.429, 1-FOR-1)

    Reds 3, Diamondbacks 2  Top 10, 0 OutsSep 14 12:01 AM
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    Reds 2, Diamondbacks 2  Top 10, 0 OutsSep 13 11:49 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY MIGUEL MONTERO ALLOWED DANNY RICHAR TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W CASTILLO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2
    ARIZONA 2 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J HAIRSTON JR (.329, 0-FOR-2, 2 BB)

    Reds 2, Diamondbacks 2  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 13 11:35 PM
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    Reds 2, Diamondbacks 2  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 13 11:35 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    ADAM DUNN HIT BY JOSH ROENICKE PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED JUSTIN UPTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A DUNN ON FIRST, C YOUNG ON SECOND, A ROMERO
    ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    ARIZONA 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: M REYNOLDS (.244, 1-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Reds 1, Diamondbacks 2  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 13 11:00 PM
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    Reds 1, Diamondbacks 1  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 13 10:39 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY AUGIE OJEDA SCORED JUSTIN UPTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S DREW ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    ARIZONA 1 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C YOUNG (.246, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Reds 1, Diamondbacks 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 13 9:58 PM
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    CURRENT PITCHERS: CIN - EDINSON VOLQUEZ
    ARI - RANDY JOHNSON

    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: S DREW (.280, 17 HR, 58 RBI)
    A OJEDA (.241, 0 HR, 16 RBI)
    C YOUNG (.247, 19 HR, 75 RBI)

    Reds 1, Diamondbacks 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 13 8:23 PM