Reds’ offense falters in 2-0 loss to Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds got a quality outing from rookie pitcher Raisel Iglesias, but their bats fell silent in a 2-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in his return from right triceps inflammation and Welington Castillo homered again for Arizona.

Anderson (5-4) struck out seven and walked two in his first win since June 28. He was activated before the game after missing almost three weeks.

“My curveball actually felt real good, probably the best it has all year,” Anderson said. “Give your body a break a little bit. Still do your work, but try to let the triceps rest a little bit and come back feeling strong.”.

Iglesias was happy with his effort, one of his best of the season in nine starts. Iglesias (2-4) allowed a run and three hits and struck out six in six innings, walking only one and retiring 15 straight hitters between the first and sixth innings.

“I feel that every time I go out there I gain experience,” Iglesias said in Spanish, translated by catcher Brayan Pena. “My confidence level goes higher and higher. At the same time I know I need to improve my game and continue to work hard.”.

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Two singles, a fly out and a walk produced the first run of the game. David Peralta drove in Ender Inciarte with a one-out single in the first.

Castillo’s seventh-inning shot, an opposite-field drive off reliever Manny Parra, gave the catcher seven home runs in his last 10 games. Castillo has hit 12 of his 14 homers this season since being acquired from Seattle on June 3.

The Diamondbacks are 10-1 this season when Castillo goes deep.

Daniel Hudson pitched one inning of relief and Brad Ziegler earned his 20th save.

Anderson ran into trouble in the fifth after consecutive singles by Pena and Eugenio Suarez. Iglesias attempted a bunt, and Pena was thrown out at third by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Third baseman Jake Lamb’s throw got away from Chris Owings, who was covering first, but Inciarte alertly backed up the play and threw to second for the tag on Iglesias trying to advance.

Reds manager Bryan Price challenged the out call at second but it was upheld. Anderson then struck out Billy Hamilton to end the threat.

“You see a little bit of everything throughout the course of the season,” Price said. “Really good hitting, really good pitching, then the opposite. Right now we are not swinging the bats very well. It is baseball and you want it to turn and I know it is going to turn. We just have to fall back that we have had guys that have performed in the past.”.

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The Reds were shut out for the third time in the past five games, including at St. Louis on Thursday and at home against Pittsburgh on Aug. 2.


Minor league pitcher Evan Marshall remains stable in an El Paso, Texas, hospital with a fractured skull that required surgery. Marshall was struck on the right temple by a line drive in a game Tuesday night between Triple-A Reno and El Paso. He’s alert and able to walk, according to a statement from the Diamondbacks.


The Diamondbacks announced a trade after the game, with the team sending veteran left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to Houston for minor-league pitching prospect Junior Garcia, also a lefty. Perez leaves on a good roll, with an 11-inning scoreless streak and with left-handed hitters 3 for 29 (.103) against him in the last 19 games. Right-handed hitters are 3 for 28.


Arizona sent pitcher Allen Webster back to Reno to make room for Anderson on the roster. Webster pitched in relief Thursday at Washington. The Diamondbacks will call up LHP Keith Heskell from Reno to take Perez’s place in the bullpen.


Diamondbacks RHP Archie Bradley is scheduled for a third bullpen session Sunday, then a simulated game and if all goes well, a rehab assignment as he comes back from right shoulder tendinitis.


Reds: RHP Keyvius Sampson makes his second career start Saturday at Arizona. He’s 0-1 since being called up on July 30.

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray is the scheduled starter against Cincinnati on Saturday when the Diamondbacks retire Hall of Famer Randy Johnson’s No. 51 jersey. Ray (3-6) has allowed two earned runs or less in eight starts but has yet to win at home.

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