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Mesoraco slams Reds past Arroyo, D'Backs
By Bob Baum
, AP Sports Writer
Saturday, May 31, 2014 4:59 AM
PHOENIX - Devin Mesoraco hit a grand slam off former Cincinnati teammate Bronson Arroyo and the Reds went on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Friday night.
Mesoraco also had a solo shot off reliever Evan Marshall in the ninth inning for the second two-homer game of his career.
A.J. Pollock doubled twice, singled and scored two runs for the Diamondbacks. In the first five games of the homestand, Pollock is 11 for 20 with five doubles, a triple and a home run and has scored nine runs.
Mike Leake (3-4) gave up four runs, three earned, and six hits in six innings for his first win in eight starts. He struck out four and walked one.
Arroyo (4-4), facing his former team for the first time, allowed five runs and nine hits through seven innings.
Mesoraco's second career slam came on the first pitch after the Reds opened the second inning with three consecutive singles.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Roger Bernadina doubled in Cincinnati's other run.
The Reds opened the second with singles by Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier and Bernadina, loading the bases for Mesoraco, who hit Arroyo's first pitch into the second row in the seats in left field and Cincinnati led 4-1. Mesoraco's other grand slam came against Atlanta on May 24, 2012.
Arizona got two runs in the third. With two outs, Pollock lined one past Frazier at third base. It was originally ruled an error but later changed to a double. Gerardo Parra followed with an RBI single. He took second on the throw home, then scored when Frazier fielded Paul Goldschmidt's slow bouncer and threw it high over the head of Bernadina at first and into the Reds' dugout.
Arizona squandered a chance to tie it in the fifth. Ender Inciarte led off with a double down the right field line and took second on Arroyo's sacrifice bunt. But Pollock bounced to the pitcher and Parra grounded out to shortstop to end the threat.
The Reds got a run in the sixth on Bernadina's RBI double, and Arizona answered with one in its half of the inning. Aaron Hill singled home Goldschmidt from second, leaving runners at first and third with one out.
Chris Owings struck out, then Inciarte was called out at first with Leake covering on a close play. Manager Kirk Gibson challenged the call but it was upheld on review. The tying run would have scored had the challenge been successful.
The Diamondbacks scratched a run across in the first. Pollock singled, stole second, took third on Parra's groundout, then scored when Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop.
NOTES: The Reds' Billy Hamilton stole his 19th base of the season. ... When Miguel Montero threw out Bernadina trying to steal third in the sixth, it was just the third caught stealing for the Arizona catcher in 28 tries. ... In the third game of the series tonight, the Reds have Johnny Cueto (4-4, 1.83 ERA) on the mound against Arizona's Brandon McCarthy (1-6, 4.87).
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