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“I need to make better pitches,” he said. “Two inches more down and maybe it is not a homer to left. Who knows?”
Cincinnati led 3-0 after homers by Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier in the third and by Ryan Ludwick in the fourth. Arizona tied it with a three-run fourth, then in the fifth Chris Heisey’s second home run of the season put the Reds on top for good.
“We’re really not a home-run hitting team,” Frazier said, “but when we do, we win.”
Converted reliever Alfredo Simon (7-3) gave up three runs in 6 1-3 innings. Aroldis Chapman hit 103 mph on the Chase Field radar gun in a perfect ninth, overpowering three batters not long ago in the minor leagues and earning his seventh save in eight opportunities.
Miley struck out nine with no walks in six innings of another tough loss. He fanned a career-high 12 in his previous start, getting no decision in a 4-3 loss to San Diego.
“I feel like I am throwing the ball well right now, but things aren’t going my way,” he said. “Just got to keep grinding through it.”
David Peralta singled twice in his major league debut for the Diamondbacks.
The Reds won their last three and four of five to finish their trip out West at 4-3. Arizona wrapped up a 3-4 homestand.
“I thought we swung the bats pretty well today,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. “We hit a lot of balls and they made some plays on us. It just wasn’t meant to be and that is frustrating.
“At the end they just shut us down. Chapman come in throwing 102, 103, it is pretty tough duty.”
Cozart hit the first pitch of the third inning into the left- field seats, his second home run of the season, to make it 1-0. After two outs, Frazier hit Miley’s 1-0 pitch into the same area, his team-high 10th homer - and the Reds led 2-0.
Cincinnati made it 3-0 in the fourth when, with two outs, Ludwick homered - also to left.
Arizona broke a streak of 15 scoreless innings in the fourth.
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