Diamondbacks edge Reds, take two of three in series

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

PHOENIX — Brandon Pfaadt threw seven stellar innings, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on Wednesday.

The D-backs took two of three in the series and five of six from the Reds this season.

Pinch hitter Pavin Smith started the D-backs’ rally with a two-out double to right field. Gurriel followed with another double to right, which wasn’t hit as hard, but still fell just out of the reach of a sliding Jake Fraley.

Paul Sewald retired the Reds in order in the ninth for his second save of the season. Ryan Thompson (1-1) threw a scoreless eighth.

Arizona’s Ketel Marte extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first. Christian Walker gave the D-backs a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo homer, which was his eighth of the season.

Pfaadt cruised through the first 4 2/3 innings without giving up a hit, but Santiago Espinal ended the shutout with one swing, driving a hanging sweeper into the left field seats to tie the game at 1-all.

Pfaadt allowed just one more hit through seven innings, walking two and striking out nine.

Cincinnati lefty Andrew Abbott matched Pfaadt through seven, giving up one run and four hits. He struck out four and walked two. Fernando Cruz (1-4) took the loss, giving up the game-deciding doubles.

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Reds: On the road for a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Thursday. The Reds haven’t announced a starter for the opening game while the Dodgers will start Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 2.53 ERA).

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