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Leake leads Reds over Diamondbacks 3-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 29, 2014 at 9:34 pm •  Published: July 29, 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) — The bullpen was depleted. The Reds' offense was thread-bare. Mike Leake took care of both problems.

Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run — a rare commodity for the Reds these days — leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

"Fantastic job," third baseman Todd Frazier said. "We needed it."

The Reds won for only the second time in 11 games since the All-Star break. The offense has been the biggest problem, scoring only 20 runs — by far the fewest in the majors over that span. Leake (8-9) pitched in that way, too.

His single off the glove of diving third baseman Martin Prado drove in a run in the second off Trevor Cahill (1-8), who has yet to win as a starter this season. Frazier and Brayan Pena also had RBI singles off Cahill, who fell to 0-6 in seven starts this season.

A Reds lineup already missing first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips — both on the disabled list — also was without right fielder Jay Bruce, who went on bereavement leave for his grandfather's death.

Both teams wasted chances during Arizona's 2-1, 15-inning victory in the series opener on Monday, which depleted the bullpens. Leake gave Cincinnati's relievers a chance to recover by giving up five hits in 7 2-3 innings.

"He was just sharp," manager Bryan Price said. "He was on the attack. There's a certain element to him — a competitiveness, a fierceness to the kid — that makes him better than his stuff, and he's got good stuff."

With his sinker working well, Leake got 18 outs off grounders or strikeouts.

"I try to keep the ball in the infield," Leake said. "I like using the infield more than the outfield."

"That ball was moving more than normal," Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said. "His sinker was working."

Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances. He extended his streak of at least one strikeout in 45 consecutive appearances, a major league record for a reliever.

ON DECK

Diamondbacks: Kirk Gibson needs one more win to tie Bob Melvin (337) for most by a Diamondbacks manager. ... Left-hander Wade Miley (6-7) starts the final game of the series before Arizona returns home to face Pittsburgh. Miley is 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA in his last five starts.

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