PHOENIX (AP) -- A visit to the mediocre NL West has revved up the
When Dunn came up to face Brandon Webb with the bases loaded,
the game tied at 2, and two outs in the eighth, the numbers seemed
to favor the Diamondbacks. Dunn is a .186 hitter with the bases
full and Webb hadn't given up a home run in 34 innings.
But the Arizona right-hander fell behind 3-1, and Dunn connected
on the next pitch.
"I was trying to hit a groundball up the middle because they
were kind of playing a shift on me," Dunn said. "It's amazing.
When you don't try to hit homers, that's what happens."
A night earlier, Ken Griffey Jr. hit a game-tying three-run
homer in the eighth and Cincinnati went on to win 4-3. The Reds,
with just 11 road wins all season, improved to 4-2 on their trip to
San Francisco and Arizona.
"There's a lot of character and heart here," Reds interim
manager Jerry Narron said. "They want to turn it around. They want
to play well the rest of the way."
Light-hitting Chris Snyder drove in both Arizona runs on three
hits, and made a nice defensive play that ended up meaning little
in the Reds' five-run eighth inning.
Webb (8-6) held Cincinnati to one run through seven innings and
had a 2-1 lead before losing his control in the eighth. He walked
Felipe Lopez on four pitches with one out, then gave up an infield
hit to Olmedo. Casey followed with an RBI double to tie it at 2.
Griffey was walked intentionally to load the bases, and it
looked like Webb might get out of it when catcher Snyder tagged out
Lopez coming home on Joe Randa's slow roller up the third base line
for the second out.
With a shaky bullpen, Arizona manager Bob Melvin decided to stay
with Webb to face the left-handed hitting Dunn.
"It's his game at 2-2 and Dunn hadn't had a good swing on him
all night," Melvin said. "To Dunn's credit, he stayed behind the
ball and didn't try to pull it the way he did before," Melvin
It was Dunn's fourth career grand slam and 23rd homer of the
Webb uncharacteristically left the ballpark immediately after
the game and didn't walk to reporters.
The Diamondbacks have lost eight of nine home games, and have
failed to score more than three runs in any of those games.
"That's the thing tonight again is the offense," an obviously
perturbed Melvin said. "This [Cincinnati] is a staff whose ERA is
last in the league and we're not scoring runs, and Brandon's out
there pitching his butt off."
Snyder, hitless in his last 10 at-bats entering the game,
singled in a run in the third and doubled in another in the fourth.
Webb allowed six runs and nine hits, struck out five and walked
three in his third straight loss.
Todd Coffey (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief
behind starter Brandon Claussen to get the victory. Claussen
allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out four and walked none in
5 2/3 innings.
The Reds went up 1-0 in the first. Lopez singled, moved to
second when Olmedo bounced out to the pitcher, then scored when
Luis Terrero reached on a two-out, infield single in the fourth,
then stole second and scored on Snyder's double over the head of
Dunn in left field to put the Diamondbacks up 2-1
Griffey went 0-for-3 to snap a 10-game hitting streak. ...
The Reds are 8-9 since Narron took over from fired manager Dave
Miley. ... Webb, 2-6 since winning his first six starts, had 14
ground outs in the first six innings. ... Arizona has been
outscored by 63 runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings this
year. ... The Diamondbacks have lost seven of their last eight home