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Former Red Walks Off The Slumping Reds

Kevin Newman’s clutch performance, highlighted by his two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning, propelled the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-5 victory over the struggling Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Newman, who notched four hits during the game including a pair of doubles and a single, delivered the game-winning hit against Reds reliever Alexis Diaz (1-2) with the bases loaded. His timely hit brought home Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Gabriel Moreno.

“Just got lucky on that one, placed it in a good spot and scored two runs,” Newman commented after the game.

Justin Martinez (1-0) secured his first major league win by pitching a scoreless ninth inning for the Diamondbacks.

The Reds, who have now lost 11 of their last 12 games, had taken the lead with two runs in the eighth inning. Jeimer Candelario’s single to center field tied the game, followed by Mike Ford’s triple that put Cincinnati ahead.

Former Reds third baseman Eugenio Suárez contributed to Arizona’s offensive efforts, driving in a run with a seventh-inning RBI single off Fernando Cruz.

Gabriel Moreno and Joc Pederson also homered for the Diamondbacks, who returned from a six-game road trip. Despite their offensive output, Arizona struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities, leaving 14 runners stranded on base.

Jordan Montgomery pitched into the sixth inning for Arizona, allowing six hits while striking out seven.

Tempers flared in the eighth inning, resulting in ejections for Joc Pederson and Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo after Pederson was called out on strikes with two runners on base.

“I didn’t agree with one of the pitches, I flipped my bat and he threw me out,” Pederson remarked. “I didn’t know that was illegal. I guess I learned something new.”

Regarding his ejection, Lovullo stated, “I was battling my own frustration. Mark’s a great umpire.”

Injury updates:

  • Reds outfielder TJ Friedl was placed on the injured list with a fractured left thumb and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks.

Next up: Cincinnati’s RHP Hunter Greene (1-2, 3.38) will face off against Arizona’s Slade Cecconi (1-2, 4.15) on Tuesday.

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