Martinez hurts hand, Diamondbacks fall to Reds in 11 innings
CINCINNATI — J.D. Martinez bruised his left hand, forcing him out of his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Cincinnati Reds ended their five-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night capped by Adam Duvall’s bases-loaded single in the 11th inning.
The Reds had lost all five games since the All-Star break, including Arizona’s 11-2 victory on Tuesday night that featured nine extra-base hits by the Diamondbacks. The Reds broke their slump by rallying off T.J. McFarland (4-2) to snap a 3-3 tie.
Billy Hamilton singled — his third hit of the game — with one out. Zack Cozart hit a ground-rule double, and Joey Votto was walked intentionally ahead of Duvall’s single to right. Michael Lorenzen (5-2) pitched two innings for the win.
Arizona was buoyed by getting Martinez from the Tigers for three prospects, adding a run producer to the middle of the lineup. Manager Torey Lovullo said pregame on Wednesday that “it was an exciting moment” to write his name on the lineup card.
Martinez struck out in his first at-bat against Tim Adleman, chasing a pitch in the dirt. He couldn’t hold back his swing at a two-strike pitch that jammed him in the fourth inning, the ball hitting him flush on the side of his left hand. Martinez left the game in significant pain after his strikeout. X-rays were negative.
Arizona has dropped nine of 11.
Adleman, who had lost his last three starts, gave up a run-scoring double and a solo homer to David Peralta in six innings before leaving with the score 3-3.
Cozart also had an RBI single and a solo homer off Zack Greinke, who gave up three runs in five innings. Greinke had won his last three starts, including a victory over Cincinnati in his previous start on July 7.
Diamondbacks: OF Rey Fuentes went on the 10-day DL with a sore left thumb. He hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning on Tuesday night and hurt the thumb in his next at-bat.
Reds: C Devin Mesoraco was activated off the 10-day DL after recovering from a strained left shoulder that had sidelined him since July 5. He had a pinch-hit single in the sixth.
Diamondbacks: Taijuan Walker (6-4) lost his only career start against the Reds, giving up five runs in five innings on July 8. He’s 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA in eight road starts this season.
Reds: Luis Castillo (1-2) makes his sixth major league start. He pitched at Arizona on July 8 and gave up only three hits in 6 2/3 innings for his first big league victory.
- Goldschmidt homers, Corbin sharp in D-backs’ win against Rangers
- D-backs not panicking over Archie Bradley’s rocky post-All-Star break rut
- Lovullo keeping D-backs centered during crucial stretch of season
- D-backs first-round pick, Braves P Touki Toussaint thrives in debut
- Robbie Ray syncing up with rotation is key to Diamondbacks’ pennant push