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In Cincinnati, Jordan Montgomery’s stellar performance, combined with Eugenio Suรกrez’s crucial homer, propelled the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-3 victory over the Reds, extending Cincinnati’s losing streak to a season-high seven games.

Montgomery, now standing at 2-2, showcased his resilience on the mound, limiting the Reds to just two runs over seven innings. The Diamondbacks’ pitching staff continued to shine, building on Zac Gallen’s impressive shutout performance in the previous game against the same opponent.

Reflecting on his rebound from a tough outing against the Dodgers, Montgomery expressed satisfaction with his improved results, highlighting the importance of bouncing back after setbacks.

Contributions from Christian Walker, Gabriel Moreno, and Pavin Smith bolstered Arizona’s offensive efforts, further complicating Cincinnati’s struggles in May.

Manager Torey Lovullo emphasized the significance of winning close games and executing crucial plays, underscoring the team’s growth and determination.

Meanwhile, Reds starter Graham Ashcraft endured a challenging outing, allowing three runs over five innings before exiting the game with the score tied.

Despite Ashcraft’s departure, the Reds remained competitive, with Stuart Fairchild and Jeimer Candelario also making offensive contributions.

Suรกrez’s eighth-inning homer provided the Diamondbacks with a much-needed cushion, setting the stage for a tense final inning.

A late offensive surge from the Reds, including TJ Friedl’s single in the ninth, narrowed the gap, but reliever Joe Mantiply rose to the occasion, securing his first save of the season and sealing the Diamondbacks’ victory.

Manager David Bell remained optimistic about the Reds’ potential, emphasizing the team’s closeness and determination to break through their current challenges.

Injury updates for the Reds included Christian Encarnacion-Strand’s placement on the 10-day disabled list due to a wrist injury and Brandon Williamson’s move to the 60-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

Looking ahead, the Diamondbacks aim to complete a sweep as they face off against the Reds, with Slade Cecconi set to take the mound against Hunter Greene in the upcoming matchup.

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