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Reds Win Fueled by Hunter Greene Gem

Hunter Greene delivered a stellar performance, pitching seven effective innings, while Will Benson’s two-run homer propelled the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

After suffering a tough loss the previous night, Cincinnati wasted no time in taking control of the game, scoring six runs between the fourth and sixth innings and amassing 13 hits.

“As a whole, we knew at some point we were going to start putting things together,” Benson remarked. “The past three days have been a testament to how collectively, as a whole we’ve been working hard every day.”

Benson’s crucial homer off Slade Cecconi (1-3) in the fifth inning, combined with a pair of pinch-hit, run-scoring singles in the sixth, secured the Reds’ second win in 13 games.

Greene (2-2) played a pivotal role on the mound, allowing just two runs and five hits while striking out five batters and issuing only one walk.

“Needed it for the boys, had to come through right there,” Greene commented. “We’ve been working hard trying to stay with the process, just stay within ourselves, just try to go out there and do my job.”

Blaze Alexander contributed a two-run single for Arizona, but the Diamondbacks struggled offensively, managing only six hits throughout the game.

“A couple things we could do better,” noted Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo. “We could back up bases better, we could hit cutoff men a little better — the little things always show up.”

Cecconi, who had a solid outing in his previous start against the Reds, faltered this time, giving up six runs and seven hits before being pulled from the game in the sixth inning.

“The thing that I’ve noticed in myself that needs to change and will change moving forward is that when I find myself getting hit is when I find myself trying to place the ball,” Cecconi reflected. “I’ll usually try to take a mile per hour or two off to make a pitch and I’m learning that can’t happen.”

Injury updates:

  • Reds left-hander Brandon Williamson began a rehab assignment with Single-A Dayton as he progresses from a left shoulder strain.
  • Left-hander Alex Young (back) is slated to pitch for Triple-A Louisville at Columbus on Wednesday.

Up next: Left-hander Andrew Abbott (2-4, 3.35 ERA) takes the mound for the Reds against Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon Pfaadt (1-3, 4.60 ERA) in Wednesday’s series finale.

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