CINCINNATI (AP) -- Interim manager Dave Miley's decision to shake
up the batting order paid off with a slump-snapping win for the
Miley dropped D'Angelo Jimenez from the leadoff spot to No. 3,
replacing him with Rainer Olmedo. Jimenez responded by driving in
Olmedo, and Sean Casey followed with an RBI single as Cincinnati
beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Thursday night.
"We needed a shakeup," Casey said. "It was good that Miley
decided to shake it up a little bit."
Aaron Harang and two relief pitchers made the three runs stand
up as the Reds snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Arizona
The Reds hadn't beaten Arizona since May 7, 2001. Eight of
those 16 losses were in Cincinnati, where the Reds last beat the
Diamondbacks on July 23, 2000.
"It felt good to get those hits, and it felt good to beat
Arizona," Casey said. "It's been a long, long time."
Arizona manager Bob Brenly was only sorry the run didn't last a
"That's one of those freaky, numerical things," Brenly said.
"There's no reason for it. You can't explain it."
Harang is 2-0 as a starter since Oakland traded him to the Reds
on July 30 along with two other pitchers for outfielder Jose
Guillen. He allowed three hits and a season-high four walks in 6
1-3 innings, but he held Arizona's 3-4-5 batters -- Luis Gonzalez,
Raul Mondesi and Steve Finley -- hitless.
"That was probably the biggest key," Miley said. "If you go
through Gonzalez, Mondesi and Finley -- those are three pretty big
Added Harang, "That's always a good feeling, but it's better
that the team got the win."
Gonzalez, Mondesi and Finley were 1-for-12 for the game.
Chris Reitsma allowed Mondesi's one-out single while pitching
the ninth to earn his first career save in five opportunities -- all
"That's the first opportunity I've had in the ninth with a
lead," Reitsma said. "It's a different feeling, coming in with
the 3-4-5 hitters and a one-run lead. I love that feeling, and I'm
thankful for the opportunity."
Brandon Webb (7-6), who grew up about 150 miles east of
Cincinnati in Ashland, Ky., struggled with the humidity and a
gametime temperature of 86 degrees. He allowed six hits and three
runs in five innings, walking two and hitting two batters.
He's now 0-4 in his last six starts.
"I'm not used to this," Webb said of the weather. "It was
really draining. My command was horrible. The first inning was
awesome. Then I just lost it."
He gave up a leadoff single to Olmedo in the third, then hit
Jason LaRue. Jimenez and Casey followed with their back-to-back RBI
singles as Cincinnati, which had scored a total of one run in its
previous three games, took a 3-1 lead.
Arizona pulled within a run in the fifth. Matt Kata hit a
two-out double, barely avoiding being thrown out at second, and
then scored on Craig Counsell's single down the left-field line.
But Adam Dunn snuffed out the rally, throwing out Counsell when he
tried to stretch the hit into a double.
Defense saved the Reds again in the seventh. Junior Spivey was
at second with one out when Chad Moeller lined out on a diving
catch by Olmedo. The rookie shortstop then doubled up Spivey, who
couldn't hustle back to second in time.
"That play was huge," Miley said. "That was the biggest play
of the game. If it gets through, it's a tie game. (Bench coach
Mark) Berry moved him over a step to his right just before the
pitch, and he stretched out as far as he could."
Cincinnati avoided its longest losing streak to one team
since dropping 19 in a row to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1937-1938.
... Arizona 3B Shea Hillenbrand, who's hitless in his last 15 at
bats, did not play ... LaRue was hit by a pitch for the 17th time,
three short of tying the club record set by Frank Robinson in 1956.
... Webb increased his team-leading total of hit batsmen to 10. ...
Gonzalez went 0-for-4, snapping his streak of reaching base safely
at 29 games. ... Harang also got his first major-league hit, a
two-out single to center field in the sixth.