CINCINNATI – Nick Ahmed’s RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when games go really long.
Arizona is 13-0 all time in games of at least 15 innings.
Ahmed’s single off J.J. Hoover (1-8) gave the Reds their ninth loss in 10 games since the All-Star break, a slump that has dropped them below .500 for the first time since June 21. The offense has been the problem, scoring only 17 runs in those 10 games, by far the fewest in the majors.
Oliver Perez (1-1) gave up a hit and a walk in two innings. Addison Reed got his 25th save in 30 chances.
Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman fanned the side in the ninth, extending his major league record for a reliever to 44 consecutive games with at least one strikeout.
Devin Mesoraco led off the second with his 17th homer off rookie Chase Anderson, ending a streak of three straight games at Great American without a homer, the longest in the ballpark’s 12 seasons. Miguel Montero singled home the tying run in the fourth off Homer Bailey, who gave up five hits in eight innings.
Anderson allowed three hits and matched his career high with eight strikeouts in seven innings, retiring the last 11 batters he faced.
Arizona right fielder David Peralta saved a run in the fourth with a diving, backhand catch of Brayan Pena’s fly ball. He doubled up Chris Heisey at first base.