September 7, 2019 / 3:55 AM / 16 days ago

Diamondbacks power past visiting Reds

EditorsNote: Notes Reds were home team in lede; clarifies Crichton walked Votto before Suarez HR; adds Mahle’s record; other minor edits

Sep 6, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Ketel Marte had three hits including a three-run home run and Nick Ahmed also homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks overcame an injury-shortened outing by starter Robbie Ray for a 7-5 victory over the host Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

Marte hit his 31st homer in a five-run fifth inning for a 6-2 lead before Ray was forced to leave with a 1-1 count on Joey Votto with one out in the last of the inning with a blister on his left middle finger.

After reliever Stefan Crichton walked Votto, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run homer to make it 6-5. But four subsequent Arizona relievers stranded eight runners and held the Reds scoreless over the final four innings.

Rookie right-hander Kevin Ginkel (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory and Archie Bradley got Curt Casali to fly out with the bases loaded in the ninth for his 13th save, all since July 30.

Arizona has won 10 of 11 to get within 2 1/2 games of the Chicago Cubs for the second National League wild-card spot.

Wilmer Flores had two hits and an RBI and Josh Rojas had a two-run single to cap the five-run fifth for the Diamondbacks, who are seven games over .500, tied for their season high.

Suarez had three hits and four RBIs and Alex Blandino singled, walked three times and scored three runs for the Reds, who have lost seven of 10.

Suarez, who has 42 homers, leads the majors with 22 since the All-Star break. He has eight homers in his last 12 games.

Marte is hitting .392 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs since June 15. He has three straight three-hit games and is 11-for-17 with three homers and 11 RBIs in his last four games. He leads the NL in hits (176) and multiple-hit games (56).

Ray gave up three hits and was charged with three runs while striking out eight and walking three. Ray has 207 strikeouts, tied with Washington’s Max Scherzer for fourth in the NL.

Cincinnati starter Tyler Mahle (2-11) gave up six hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two.

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