CINCINNATI (AP) -- The bullpen was depleted. The Reds' offense was thread-bare. Mike Leake took care of both problems.
Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run -- a rare
commodity for the Reds these days -- leading Cincinnati to a 3-0
victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
"Fantastic job," third baseman Todd Frazier said. "We needed it."
The Reds won for only the second time in 11 games since the All-Star
break. The offense has been the biggest problem, scoring only 20 runs --
by far the fewest in the majors over that span. Leake (8-9) pitched in
that way, too.
His single off the glove of diving third baseman Martin Prado drove
in a run in the second off Trevor Cahill (1-8), who has yet to win as a
starter this season. Frazier and Brayan Pena also had RBI singles off
Cahill, who fell to 0-6 in seven starts this season.
A Reds lineup already missing first baseman Joey Votto and second
baseman Brandon Phillips -- both on the disabled list -- also was
without right fielder Jay Bruce, who went on bereavement leave for his
Both teams wasted chances during Arizona's 2-1, 15-inning victory in
the series opener on Monday, which depleted the bullpens. Leake gave
Cincinnati's relievers a chance to recover by giving up five hits in 7
"He was just sharp," manager Bryan Price said. "He was on the attack.
There's a certain element to him -- a competitiveness, a fierceness to
the kid -- that makes him better than his stuff, and he's got good
With his sinker working well, Leake got 18 outs off grounders or strikeouts.
"I try to keep the ball in the infield," Leake said. "I like using the infield more than the outfield."
"That ball was moving more than normal," Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said. "His sinker was working."
Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances. He
extended his streak of at least one strikeout in 45 consecutive
appearances, a major league record for a reliever.
Diamondbacks: Kirk Gibson needs one more win to tie Bob Melvin (337)
for most by a Diamondbacks manager. ... Left-hander Wade Miley (6-7)
starts the final game of the series before Arizona returns home to face
Pittsburgh. Miley is 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA in his last five starts.
Reds: Right-hander Alfredo Simon (12-5) tries for his first win
since being chosen for his first All-Star team. In two starts since
then, he's 0-2 and has given up seven runs -- five earned -- in 9 1-3
innings. ... The Reds start a series in Miami on Thursday.
Diamondbacks: Second baseman Aaron Hill was back in the starting
lineup after being limited to one pinch-hitting appearance in the last
two games because of a bruised right hand. ... Right-hander Bo Schultz
was called up from Triple-A Reno to restock a bullpen depleted by two
extra-inning games in the last three. Outfielder Alfredo Marte was
Reds: Right-hander Logan Ondrusek resumed throwing. He's been on the
15-day disabled list since July 22 with a sore pitching shoulder. ...
Price said left-hander Manny Parra hasn't pitched since July 20 because
he's had a stiff back. ... Reliever Curtis Partch was called up from
Triple-A Louisville to take Bruce's spot while he's on bereavement
HURTS TO WATCH
Diamondbacks All-Star catcher Miguel Montero would rather try to hit
Chapman's fastball than catch it. He watched Reds All-Star catcher Devin
Mesoraco catch fastballs clocked at 104 mph and 103 mph during
Arizona's 2-1, 15-inning win on Monday and decided he wanted no part of
"You see the reaction from Mesoraco," Montero said. "Every time he catches the ball it's like, 'Oh, pain!'"
Arizona has lost six of its last eight against Cincinnati. ... Didi
Gregorius has four triples, a career high. ... Arizona's bullpen hasn't
allowed a run in the last 18 2-3 innings. ... The Reds' three runs
matched their highest total in 11 games since the All-Star break. ...
Billy Hamilton of the Reds opened the first with a double that snapped
his career-worst slump at 0 for 15. Zack Cozart had an infield single --
he was orginally out at first but the call was overturned on appeal --
that ended his 0-for-22 slump, which matched his career worst. ... Leake
has 63 career hits, the most by a pitcher in the majors since 2010.