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Greene throws 7 sharp innings, Reds defeated Diamondbacks 6-2 after ugly defeat

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Elly De La Cruz of the Cincinnati Reds breaks his bat on an infield grounder against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Phoenix.
Elly De La Cruz of the Cincinnati Reds breaks his bat on an infield grounder against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Phoenix.Ross D. Franklin/AP

PHOENIX (AP) — Hunter Greene pitched seven effective innings, Will Benson hit a two-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds bounced back from a tough loss with a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Arizona handed the reeling Reds a 6-5 loss on Monday night after Kevin Newman’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth.

Cincinnati didn’t give the Diamondbacks a chance for another late rally, collecting 13 hits and scoring six runs between the fourth and sixth innings.

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“Overall, at some point we knew we were going to put things together,” Benson said. “The last three days are a testament to how collectively we have worked hard every day.”

Benson homered off Slade Cecconi (1-3) in the fifth, and the Reds nailed a pair of pinch-hit, run-scoring singles in the sixth for their second win in 13 games.

Greene (2-2) gave up two runs and five hits. He struck out five and walked one.

“I needed it for the guys, I had to get through that,” Greene said. “We worked hard to stay with the process, just stay true to ourselves, just go out there and do my job.”

Blaze Alexander hit a two-run single for Arizona, which had six basehits. The Diamondbacks had three baserunners after Alexander’s hit.

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“A couple of things we could do better,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We could support the bases better, we could hit the cutoff men a little better — the little things always show up.”

Cecconi was sharp in his previous start, allowing a run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings against Cincinnati last week.

The right-hander was hit hard in the second go-round against the Reds.

After Alexander’s two-run single in the third, Cincinnati tied the score in the fourth on Jake Fraley’s sacrifice fly and Jeimer Candelario’s runscoring single. Benson put the Reds ahead with his fifth homer, a two-run shot near the right-center pool deck.

Cecconi was lifted with two on and two outs in the sixth. Pinch-hitters Santiago Espinal and Stuart Fairchild followed with runscoring singles off Logan Allen.

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Cecconi allowed six runs and seven hits.

“What I’ve noticed in myself that needs to change and will change in the future is that when I notice myself getting hit, I notice myself trying to place the ball,” Cecconi said. “I usually try to take off a mile an hour or two to make a pitch and I’m learning that can’t happen.”

Reds: LHP Brandon Williamson began a rehab assignment with Single-A Dayton as he works his way back from a left shoulder strain. …LHP Alex Young (back) is expected to pitch for Triple-A Louisville in Columbus on Wednesday.

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Reds LHP Andrew Abbott (2-4, 3.35 ERA) faces Diamondbacks RHP Brandon Pfaadt (1-3, 4.60 ERA) in Wednesday’s series finale.

AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb