The Arizona Diamondbacks (64-65) weren’t able to muster much offense in a 3-2 loss to the visiting Cincinnati Reds (78-52) on Monday evening.
Arizona got on the board first when Justin Upton blasted a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the first inning to put the D-backs up 1-0.
The Reds responded in the top of the third inning when Cincinnati second baseman doubled to deep center field to score shortstop Wilson Valdez and tie the score up at 1-1. The Red s would add another run in the top of the next inning when Valdez reached first on an error by Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, which allowed Scott Rolen to score on the play and put Cincinnati on top 2-1.
The D-backs tied the score up at 2-2 when Upton would shoot a bloop single to left field to drop in front of Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick and plate Aaron Hill on the play.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo helped out his own cause when he hit a solo home run off of Arizona starter Tyler Skaggs with two outs in the top of the sixth inning to put the visitors on top 3-2.
That was all the offense Cincinnati needed on the evening as Arroyo allowed only five hits and two earned runs over six strong innings as he earned his 11th win of the season.
Arizona starter Tyler Skaggs had a solid outing for his second professional start as a big leaguer as he allowed only two earned runs off five hits over 5.2 innings pitched. Unfortunately Skaggs did not get the offensive support he needed to earn the victory tonight.
Arizona sends their most consistent starter of the season Wade Miley to the mound tomorrow in game two of the three-game set with the Reds.