Bullpen blows it for Mahle but Reds rally in 12


Cincinnati Reds' catcher Chris Okey, left, embraces relief pitcher Joel Kuhnel after the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks', Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Phoenix. The Reds defeated the Diamondbacks 5-3. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Cincinnati Reds' catcher Chris Okey, left, embraces relief pitcher Joel Kuhnel after the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks', Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Phoenix. The Reds defeated the Diamondbacks 5-3. (AP Photo/Matt York)


Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake McCarthy scores on a wild pitch as Cincinnati Reds' relief pitcher Luis Cessa, right, misses the throw during the 11th inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks' during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)


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Cincinnati Reds (23-39, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (29-35, fourth in the NL West)

Phoenix; Wednesday, 3:40 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Luis Castillo (2-4, 3.23 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 37 strikeouts); Diamondbacks: Zac Gallen (4-2, 2.95 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 55 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Diamondbacks -130, Reds +110; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Cincinnati Reds visit the Arizona Diamondbacks looking to extend a three-game road winning streak.

Arizona has a 14-18 record at home and a 29-35 record overall. The Diamondbacks have gone 18-10 in games when they record eight or more hits.

Cincinnati has an 11-22 record on the road and a 23-39 record overall. The Reds have a 13-27 record in games when they have allowed at least one home run.

Wednesday’s game is the seventh time these teams square off this season. The Reds have a 4-2 advantage in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Christian Walker has 16 home runs, 28 walks and 33 RBI while hitting .205 for the Diamondbacks. Ketel Marte is 10-for-37 with four doubles, a home run and four RBI over the last 10 games.

Brandon Drury has 11 doubles and 12 home runs for the Reds. Kyle Farmer is 13-for-36 with three doubles over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Diamondbacks: 3-7, .213 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored by five runs

Reds: 5-5, .294 batting average, 3.74 ERA, outscored opponents by five runs

INJURIES: Diamondbacks: Nick Ahmed: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Humberto Castellanos: 15-Day IL (elbow), J.B. Bukauskas: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Reds: Aristides Aquino: 10-Day IL (calf), Jake Fraley: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Stephenson: 10-Day IL (hand), Vladimir Gutierrez: 15-Day IL (forearm), Tyler Naquin: 10-Day IL (quadricep), Justin Wilson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Connor Overton: 60-Day IL (back), Donovan Solano: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Lucas Sims: 15-Day IL (lower back), Nick Lodolo: 10-Day IL (back), Daniel Duarte: 60-Day IL (elbow), Max Schrock: 60-Day IL (calf), Justin Dunn: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Tejay Antone: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)

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PHOENIX (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. tripled home the go-ahead run in the 12th after Tyler Mahle pitched nine brilliant innings, and the Cincinnati Reds outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Mahle pitched three-hit ball and became the first pitcher since 1900 to not win while throwing nine or more scoreless innings on the road with at least 12 strikeouts and no walks, according to STATS. He threw a career-high 119 pitches.

“Seeing him being able to get through the ninth was a lot of fun,” Reds manager David Bell said. “I wanted to make sure he was OK, he looked over and gave me a little nod, I’ll probably remember that look for the rest of my career.”

Arizona’s Zach Davies allowed six hits in seven scoreless innings, walked none and struck out seven.

Cincinnati has won three in a row for the first time since taking four straight from May 25-28. Mahle said catcher Aramis Garcia deserves a lot of the credit for his performance.

“If you go back and watch the sequences that he was calling, they were the greatest I’ve ever seen, by far,” Mahle said. “That was the greatest game I think I’ve ever seen called. Keeping them off balance, going in, out, up, down, that was really cool. ”

Arizona has lost eight of 11.

“I think (Mahle) was changing speeds early, attacking the zone, hitting the edges,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “And then it was just a very explosive (fastball) to finish our hitters off.”

On a night that was scoreless through nine innings, the Reds took a 4-3 lead on Almora’s triple in the 12th off Sean Poppen (1-1). Jonathan India brought home Almora with a single.

Joel Kuhnel needed just five pitches in a perfect 12th for his first big league save.

“What a game, I can’t even remember what happened,” Bell said. “All I know is both teams continued to play and battle and do everything in their power to win the game. Fortunately we came out on top. Games like that can go either way.”

Kyle Farmer’s two-run single in the 11th scored Brandon Drury and Tommy Pham, giving the Reds a 3-1 lead. But the D-backs rallied in the bottom half after Luis Cessa (3-1) threw two run-scoring wild pitches with two outs.

Cincinnati scored in the 10th off Mark Melancon. Pinch hitter T.J. Friedl doubled down the line just inside the first base bag to score Matt Reynolds, who started the inning as the automatic runner on second.

But Arizona came right back in its half of the inning. David Peralta doubled into the right field corner to tie the game and got to third when Almora couldn’t dig the ball out of the corner. He was stranded when Pavin Smith popped out and McCarthy struck out.

Davies was helped by a stellar defensive play in the seventh. With one out and Farmer on first, Mike Moustakas doubled over Alek Thomas and off the center-field wall. Right fielder Daulton Varsho backing up the play, fielded the carom perfectly and hit the cutoff man Ketel Marte, who spun and threw a one-hop strike to catcher Carson Kelly to nail Farmer.

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Cincinnati Reds’ catcher Chris Okey, left, embraces relief pitcher Joel Kuhnel after the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks’, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Phoenix. The Reds defeated the Diamondbacks 5-3. (AP Photo/Matt York)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/06/web1_129072717-af880d94dfad47d3a1599a1c098278bd.jpgCincinnati Reds’ catcher Chris Okey, left, embraces relief pitcher Joel Kuhnel after the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks’, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Phoenix. The Reds defeated the Diamondbacks 5-3. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake McCarthy scores on a wild pitch as Cincinnati Reds’ relief pitcher Luis Cessa, right, misses the throw during the 11th inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/06/web1_129072717-84b766cfc3644c699a1bf79117b5a263.jpgArizona Diamondbacks’ Jake McCarthy scores on a wild pitch as Cincinnati Reds’ relief pitcher Luis Cessa, right, misses the throw during the 11th inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/06/web1_129072717-e446caf2b72f49bb9c6efa746c9a283c.jpgCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Cincinnati Reds (23-39, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (29-35, fourth in the NL West)

Phoenix; Wednesday, 3:40 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Luis Castillo (2-4, 3.23 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 37 strikeouts); Diamondbacks: Zac Gallen (4-2, 2.95 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 55 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Diamondbacks -130, Reds +110; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Cincinnati Reds visit the Arizona Diamondbacks looking to extend a three-game road winning streak.

Arizona has a 14-18 record at home and a 29-35 record overall. The Diamondbacks have gone 18-10 in games when they record eight or more hits.

Cincinnati has an 11-22 record on the road and a 23-39 record overall. The Reds have a 13-27 record in games when they have allowed at least one home run.

Wednesday’s game is the seventh time these teams square off this season. The Reds have a 4-2 advantage in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Christian Walker has 16 home runs, 28 walks and 33 RBI while hitting .205 for the Diamondbacks. Ketel Marte is 10-for-37 with four doubles, a home run and four RBI over the last 10 games.

Brandon Drury has 11 doubles and 12 home runs for the Reds. Kyle Farmer is 13-for-36 with three doubles over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Diamondbacks: 3-7, .213 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored by five runs

Reds: 5-5, .294 batting average, 3.74 ERA, outscored opponents by five runs

INJURIES: Diamondbacks: Nick Ahmed: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Humberto Castellanos: 15-Day IL (elbow), J.B. Bukauskas: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Reds: Aristides Aquino: 10-Day IL (calf), Jake Fraley: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Stephenson: 10-Day IL (hand), Vladimir Gutierrez: 15-Day IL (forearm), Tyler Naquin: 10-Day IL (quadricep), Justin Wilson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Connor Overton: 60-Day IL (back), Donovan Solano: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Lucas Sims: 15-Day IL (lower back), Nick Lodolo: 10-Day IL (back), Daniel Duarte: 60-Day IL (elbow), Max Schrock: 60-Day IL (calf), Justin Dunn: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Tejay Antone: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.