Corbin solid, but D-backs lose pitchers' duel

Corbin solid, but D-backs lose pitchers' duel

PHOENIX -- Starting pitcher Homer Bailey helped send the Reds into the All-Star break with a series win as Cincinnati topped the D-backs, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Chase Field. With the win, the Reds closed out the first half with a 4-3 record on their road trip.

Bailey picked up his second win of the season and dropped his ERA to 8.31 in his fourth start of the year. He threw 6 2/3 innings and struck out five while giving up one run on seven hits, with four walks and five strikeouts.

"It was just a good win for us in general," Bailey said. "We split with Colorado and took two out of three from these guys right before the break. You have to be feeling pretty good about that."

Bailey, who had a 27.00 ERA after his first two starts back from Feb. 18 elbow surgery -- his third in less than three years -- has a 1.42 ERA over his last two starts, both wins.

"The last two starts, he's been fantastic," Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said. "I think the ball had a lot of velo today. In turn, his breaking balls were a lot sharper. He's getting closer and closer to Homer."

Billy Hamilton got the Reds on the board in the second when he drew a one-out walk, swiped second base for his 39th steal of the season, then scored on Joey Votto's bloop single to left, Votto's 68th RBI this year.

Votto's RBI single

The D-backs drew even with an A.J. Pollock solo shot in the fourth, but the Reds pushed ahead again in the sixth when Adam Duvall scored on a Scott Schebler double to right.

Schebler's RBI double

D-backs starter Patrick Corbin took the loss despite a quality outing. He went six innings and struck out nine Reds batters while scattering seven hits and walking two. Sunday marked the sixth consecutive outing in which Corbin has surrendered three runs or fewer.

"[Corbin] threw six quality innings and kept us in the game," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "He made pitches when he had to and had a three-pitch mix, and kept a pretty good offensive team in check."

Pollock's solo home run

Pollock showcases all-around ability

Duvall throws out Goldy: The D-backs saw their best chance to cut into the Reds' 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Paul Goldschmidt led off the inning with a single and Jake Lamb followed with a walk. Chris Owings then singled to left and Goldschmidt was waved home, but Duvall delivered a strike from left field to cut down Goldschmidt at the plate. It was Duvall's seventh assist of the season, which leads National League left fielders.

Duvall throws out Goldschmidt

"To be honest with you, in that situation, I was a little surprised they sent him with how shallow the ball was in left," Barnhart said. "Duvie throws the ball as good or better than anybody in the outfield in the league. When he comes up to throw, they're usually around the plate. It gives us catchers a chance to put a good tag on them."

Lorenzen escapes trouble: In the seventh, the D-backs threatened again when Gregor Blanco and David Peralta each drew walks and Goldschmidt came to the plate with two outs and a chance to tie the game. Reds manager Bryan Price opted to replace Bailey with Michael Lorenzen, and the right-hander battled Goldschmidt for eight pitches before punching him out with an 88-mph slider to end the inning. Lorenzen returned with a scoreless eighth.

Lorenzen fans Goldschmidt

"Michael had to make good pitches throughout that at-bat," Price said. "They really went head to head, and he ended up making the big pitches to get out of the inning."

"Offensively, we couldn't really get it going," Lovullo said. "We had some opportunities with men in scoring position and less than two outs, but we gotta remember, this is a tough game. Guys are out there, pitchers are bearing down, and sometimes it's not as easy as it looks. ... We will continue to be an offensive team, and I believe in us as an offensive team."

"The stuff was definitely there. I wasn't quite as sharp. I missed a few pitches by just a couple of inches. If you have more games under your belt, you probably make those pitches and hopefully go into the eighth or maybe the ninth. You know what? We'll just prepare for the next one."-- Bailey

Batting with a runner on second base and one out in the top of the sixth inning, Eugenio Suarez was called out on strikes by umpire Brian O'Nora. Suarez reacted with frustration and slammed his bat on home plate. O'Nora responded by ejecting Suarez from the game -- the first one he has been handed in his big league career. Arismendy Alcantara replaced Suarez at third base in the bottom half of the inning.

Suarez ejected from the game

Reds: When the second half begins Friday, the Reds will host the Nationals for a four-game series. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET. Tim Adleman will get the start while looking for a better outcome than he has had of late; the Reds have dropped five of Adleman's last six starts.

D-backs: The D-backs head into the All-Star break with a comfortable lead in the National League Wild Card race. They begin the second half with a three-game series in Atlanta beginning Friday. Taijuan Walker (6-4, 3.65) gets the start for the 4:35 p.m. MST game.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for based in Phoenix.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.