Jul 18, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Jason Kubel (13) is congratulated by catcher Miguel Montero (26) and second baseman Aaron Hill (2) after hitting a home run during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Kubel Powers Zona in Return


The Arizona Diamondbacks (44-47) were happy to have Jason Kubel back in the lineup, as the starting outfielder slammed two home runs in his return to the lineup as the D-backs beat the Cincinnati Reds (51-40), 7-1.

Arizona got off to a quick start in the top of the first inning, when Kubel slammed a two run home run to center field, putting the snakes up 2-0.

Cincinnati would respond in the bottom of the second inning when Drew Stubbs singled to right field, scoring Ryan Hanigan and cutting the lead to 2-1.

Jul 18, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler (29) is congratulated by catcher Miguel Montero (26) at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Diamondbacks defeated the Reds 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Kubel continued his hot night with a solo home run to right field in the top of the fourth inning, extending the D-backs lead to 3-1. Arizona tacked on a couple more runs in the top of the fifth inning when Aaron Hill doubled to left field, scoring Ryan Roberts and moving Ian Kennedy to third base. After an intentional walk to Kubel, Kennedy would score on a bases loaded walk to Miguel Montero, extending Arizona’s lead to 5-1.

In the top of the eighth inning,  Paul Goldschmidt would add to his stat sheet with an RBI double to deep right field, scoring Justin Upton. Goldschmidt would score on a passed ball by Ryan Hanigan, putting Arizona up 7-1.

Ian Kenndy showed us why he is the ace of the staff, by throwing eight strong innings, allowing eight hits and only one run, and striking out seven batters while picking up his seventh victory of the season.

Arizona starter Joe Saunders hopes to provide the D-backs with a strong outing tomorrow in his return to the rotation after spending some time on the DL.

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Tags: Aaron Hill Drew Stubbs Ian Kennedy Jason Kubel Joe Saunders Justin Upton Miguel Montero Paul Goldschmidt Ryan Hanigan Ryan Roberts