CINCINNATI (AP) -- Casey Fossum is on his first winning streak in
over a year.
Fossum combined with four relievers on a four-hitter, and Juan
Brito singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to lead
the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Saturday
night.The Diamondbacks have won consecutive games for the first time
since Aug. 3-4 against Florida and have won two in a row on the
road for the first time since June 10 at Baltimore and June 11 at
Toronto.Fossum (4-12) allowed two runs, three hits, four walks and hit
two batters in six innings, winning consecutive decisions for the
first time since May 6 and 14 last year."I felt really good," Fossum said. "They are an aggressive
team, and when I got them 0-1, I made them chase curveballs off the
plate."Arizona manager Al Pedrique was impressed by Fossum's command of
his pitches."He had a live fastball, and he was throwing his curveball for
strikes," Pedrique said. "He had a sharp breaking ball."Mike Fetters, Mike Koplove, Brian Bruney and Greg Aquino
finished, with Aquino getting one out for his ninth save in nine
chances. Aquino tied Jose Valverde for the longest save streak by
an Arizona rookie. Valverde converted nine in a row last season."We wanted to give Aquino the night off, but Bruney was rushing
his pitches," Pedrique said.The Reds have only 14 hits over their last three games. Arizona
had 13 hits for the second consecutive night."We're slumping at the plate right now," Cincinnati manager
Dave Miley said. "Basically, you have to give the other pitchers
some of the credit, but we're not swinging it like we were 3-4-5
days ago."Jose Acevedo, making only his second start since Aug. 4, allowed
two runs and six hits in six innings with no walks."I threw a lot of strikes," said Acevedo, whose strikeout of
Brito in the third gave him 100 in a season for the first time in
his career. "That's the key, keeping the ball down. I was using my
sinker to get groundballs."With the score 2-all, Jerry Gil doubled against Phil Norton
(1-4) leading off the seventh and took third when center fielder
Wily Mo Pena bobbled the ball at the wall for an error. Brito,
hitless in his previous eight at-bats, chopped a single over third
baseman Ryan Freel.Alex Cintron hit an RBI single off John Riedling, who threw a
wild pitch that allowed Quinton McCracken to score. Danny Bautista
added an RBI single in the ninth.Ryan Freel hit an RBI double in the bottom half off Bruney, with
Jacob Cruz getting thrown out at the plate by Gil, who took the
relay in short left field."I always try to go deeper for the relay, but Terrero's got a
good arm and he's aggressive to the ball, so I didn't go as deep,"
Gil said. "I got the ball, saw (Cruz) at third, and I just
threw.""Fundamental-wise, we were solid tonight," Pedrique said.
"Gil's got a good, solid arm, and he got a chance to show it."Arizona took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on Chad Tracy's RBI single
and Gil's run-scoring grounder. Austin Kearns tied it with a
two-run single in the sixth.
The start of the game was delayed for 57 minutes by rain.
... Tracy went 3-for-4 to improve to .405 (15-for-37) over his last
12 games. ... Cintron made his first start of the season at second
base after starting 116 games at shortstop.