Gonzalez held Cincinnati hitless into the seventh, but Dunn's
39th homer on a 3-1 changeup helped the Reds rally for a 6-2
victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
"That was the only pitch he gave me that I could really hit,"
Ryan Freel drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning
single and the Reds avoided a three-game sweep.
Gonzalez faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings before
Freel led off the seventh with a walk. Felipe Lopez followed with a
chopper to first baseman Shea Hillenbrand while Freel was breaking
for second and was credited with an infield single when Gonzalez
failed to cover the bag.
"I didn't see the runner going," Gonzalez said. "I thought
(Hillenbrand) was going to go to second base. Then I saw him look
toward first, and I started too late."
That miscue cost Gonzalez and the Diamondbacks.
"It leaves a little bit of a bad taste, but it will happen,"
Arizona manager Al Pedrique said. "Late in the game, we didn't
execute defensively. You're not going to play perfectly every
Sean Casey then hit into a double play, but Dunn's two-run homer
gave the Reds a 2-1 lead.
"I wanted that pitch down in the zone, but it was right down
the middle," Gonzalez said. "I tried to get him to roll over on a
changeup and get a groundball."
Dunn stayed confident even as the Reds struggled at the plate
"I knew we'd get to him, eventually," Dunn said. "He made
great pitches all day, but you knew he'd make a mistake."
Juan Castro started the eighth-inning rally against reliever
Mike Fetters (0-1) with a one-out single. Pinch-hitter Jacob Cruz
followed with a walk and Freel grounded a single through the hole
into left field for a 3-2 lead.
The game was scoreless until the sixth, when Luis Terrero hit a
double to left-center and scored on Jerry Gil's bloop single for
Gonzalez was demoted to the bullpen after his 3-1 loss at
Pittsburgh last Tuesday left him 0-7 in seven major league starts
this season. He got another chance when Stephen Randolph was
scratched from Sunday's start with stiffness in his right shoulder.
"(Gonzalez) had really good stuff, but nothing you would think
would no-hit us for six innings. We should've gotten to him a lot
earlier. We didn't square him all day until Dunn's two-run
(shot)," Casey said.
Gonzalez allowed a career-low three hits and two walks with
three strikeouts in seven innings.
"He was working faster," Pedrique said. "He improved a lot in
that area. He did a great job, and he deserves another start. The
way he pitched today, I thought he should've won."
Cincinnati starter Josh Hancock matched his career high of six
strikeouts by the fifth inning. He allowed one run on seven hits
and two walks in six innings.
Ken Griffey Sr., the right fielder on the Reds' 1975-76
World Series championship teams, Bob Howsam, Cincinnati's general
manager in that era, and 1800s pitcher Will White were inducted
into the team's Hall of Fame in pregame ceremonies. ... Reds RHP
John Riedling celebrated his 29th birthday. ... Arizona catcher
Chris Snyder was hitless in his last 10 at-bats before his
second-inning single. ... Hillenbrand's error was Arizona's 107th
of the season, tying a club record set twice previously.