Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

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Reds bullpen blows up, again, lose 7-4

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Diamondbacks 7 Reds 4

Just over 12 hours removed from last night's 12 inning marathon, the Reds and Diamondbacks looked a little weary and wild in the first two innings Wednesday afternoon. The teams combined for three errors and Arizona pitcher Zac Gallen hit four batters in the first two frames, with the Reds scoring two runs in the 2nd inning and the Diamondbacks answering with three runs of their own. But things settled down all the way into the 8th inning. That's when the Reds tied the game on a Brandon Drury solo homer. But the Diamondbacks exploded vs the Reds bullpen, scoring four times off Art Warren and Reiver Sanmartin in the bottom of the inning and made it stand up for a 7-4 win over the Reds.

The Reds saw their three game win-streak snapped, missed a chance at a series sweep and settled for a 3-3 road trip.

Fit to be tied: Trailing 3-2 in the 8th inning, and held without a hit since the 2nd inning, the Reds tied the game when Brandon Drury snuck one just over the wall in left field to make it 3-3. It was homer No. 13 on the season for Drury.

Rally try: Trailing 7-3, the Reds battled back with a run off closer Mark Melancon in the 9th when Mike Moustakas singled in Joey Votto, but that was that.

Luis Castillo: 7 IN, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K. 110 pitches/72 strikes. The only dame came in the 2nd inning. Down 2-0, Arizona responded with a three runs, including a Geraldo Perdomo two-run homer off Castillo. Castillo wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam the 5th inning that included two walks and a double to keep the deficit at 3-2. Castillo was hitting 100 mph in the 7th inning.

About face: Gallen hit four of the first eight Reds batters faced: Drury and Votto in the 1st inning and Senzel and TJ Friedl in the 2nd inning. The Reds struck for two runs in the 2nd inning. Nick Senzel scored on a wild pickoff attempt by Gallen and Jonathan India doubled in TJ Friedl. But after the early trouble, Gallen retired the final 16 batters he faced: 7 IN, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K. 104 pitches/71 strikes.

Trouble found: Art Warren took the 8th and promptly gave up three singles and the lead on a David Peralta RBI single. Arizona added another run and Warren (7.66) was done after retiring just one batter. Reiver Sanmartin (12.71) took over and allowed two more inherited runners to score, including balking in a run.

Extended streak: India extended his hitting streak to seven games, two games in his return from the IL this week, four games from April 26-29 before going on the IL a second time, and April 14, the game before going on the IL the first time.

Clank: India booted a 1st inning grounder. They entered the game having committed two errors in six straight games.

Missed out: The Reds were looking for their first sweep of the Diamondbacks in Arizona since August 27-29 of 2012 when Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos picked up wins. The Reds were 80-52 at that point, 8 games up in the NL Central.

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