Arizona’s road trip against three last-place teams

CINCINNATI (AP) — is off to a tough start.Archie Bradley struggled during Cincinnati’s four-run eighth inning Roger Maris Jersey , and the Diamondbacks lost 6-3 to the Reds on Saturday night.Arizona dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than two weeks. The Diamondbacks also remained in a tie for the NL West lead with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 3-2 at Colorado.Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run drive for his first homer since being acquired in a trade with Minnesota, and David Peralta also connected.“We are frustrated, no doubt” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We feel like we played good enough to win the game. It’s frustrating when you put all your chips in and lose the hand.”Bradley got the last two outs of the seventh and Peralta’s 20th homer gave Arizona a 3-2 lead in the eighth. But Cincinnati responded in the bottom half.Bradley (3-4) hit Eugenio Suarez leading off the inning and walked Curt Casali with two outs. Pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart then lined a 3-2 pitch into the gap in left-center, and Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto followed with RBI singles off T.J. McFarland.“I’ve always had trouble with Archie Bradley, since the lower minors,” Barnhart said. “I faced him at every stop. He’s a good pitcher and I respect the hell out of him. He’s gotten me more times than I’ve gotten him.“I was looking for something out over the plate that I could get to the outfield for Geno to score.”In their last six series against first-place teams, the Reds have won five and split one.Amir Garrett (1-2) got the final out of the eighth for the win. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 23rd save and second in two nights.Arizona starter Robbie Ray allowed two runs and four hits in five innings in his fifth straight no-decision.The Diamondbacks weren’t necessarily looking at this trip through Cincinnati, Texas and San Diego as a chance to get hot, Ray said.“You’ve got to take advantage of every part of the schedule,” he said. “I don’t think this part carries any more weight.”Reds starter Matt Harvey fanned seven in seven innings for his highest strikeout total since he had seven on June 10, 2016, with the Mets. He also hit an RBI single in the fourth.“Harvey got better as the game went on,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “He’s done that quite a bit. He gave up some hard-hit balls early and around the fourth or fifth inning he settled in. He got in a little trouble but managed his way out of trouble. His best inning was the seventh.”SLOW STARTThe first pitch was delayed 40 minutes by rain for Great American Ball Park’s 11th delay of the season Phil Rizzuto Jersey , totaling 13 hours, 53 minutes. That includes the delay before the April 3 game against the Cubs was postponed.FAST STARTThe first play of the game was Peralta’s fly ball to Dilson Herrera, who was making his first professional start and just his third appearance in left field. He caught the routine fly ball.RAY OF HOPERay’s one-out double in the fifth was his first hit of the season in 27 at bats.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: Hamilton’s eighth-inning hit grazed McFarland, but he stayed in the game.UP NEXTArizona right-hander Zack Godley (12-6) and Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo (6-9) pitch in the series finale. MIAMI — Right-hander Anibal Sanchez broke into the majors with the Miami Marlins in 2006, winning at Yankee Stadium in his first appearance.Later that year, he beat Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros and then no-hit the Arizona Diamondbacks.However, after that promising start, Sanchez finished his Marlins career just 39-38 and was traded to the Detroit Tigers on July 23, 2012.Article continues below ...On Saturday, Sanchez will pitch at Marlins Park for the first time since April 6, 2016. In that game, he outdueled the late Jose Fernandez in a 7-3 Tigers win.This time, Sanchez (6-4, 3.13 ERA) will pitch for the Atlanta Braves against Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (4-9 Brett Gardner Jersey , 5.20 ERA).Things have changed since that game in 2016. Most of Miami’s starters have been traded, including Giancarlo Stanton, Marcel Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon and Adeiny Hechavarria.Sanchez is 34 now, and he is enjoying a resurgent season after posting successively worse ERAs in each of his past three seasons: 4.99, 5.87 and 6.41.This year, Sanchez has allowed three earned runs or less in 13 of his 17 starts. And his homer rate is down from 2.2 per nine innings last year to 1.2 this season.The Venezuela native’s average fastball is 90.4 mph at this point in his long career. The league average is 93.1.One caution about Sanchez is that he was 4-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 12 first-half games but has struggled a bit since. He is 2-2 with a 4.22 ERA in six second-half starts.Sanchez has faced the Marlins once this year, and the Braves won that game 10-6 at home. Sanchez allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings.Braves rookie left fielder Ronald Acuna homered twice in that game. On that night, at age 20, he became the youngest major leaguer to hit a home run in five straight games.“It’s contagious what he’s doing,” Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte said about Acuna.On Saturday, Sanchez will face Chen, who has had one of the most unusual seasons in the majors. Chen is 1-6 with a 9.35 ERA on the road but 3-3 with a 2.05 ERA at home.Chen http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-wade-boggs-jersey , whose average fastball is just 91.1 mph, is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts this month. But he had a 7.01 ERA in May, a 6.20 ERA in June and a 5.27 ERA in July.He beat the Braves on July 24 at Marlins Park, allowing three runs in six innings.The Marlins also beat the Braves 1-0 on Friday night, tying the four-game series at one apiece.If the Marlins have to go to the bullpen on Saturday, they won’t have Jarlin Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list Friday because of a contusion on his right leg.Taking his roster spot is former closer Kyle Barraclough, who had been on the DL because of back stiffness.“We want (Barraclough) to work his way back up,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.Barraclough received National League Reliever of the Month honors in June after allowing just one hit and no runs in 12 innings, converting all seven of his save chances.But Barraclough blew a save chance on July 2, and that started his downfall. In July, he posted a bloated 8.38 ERA in 9 2/3 innings, blowing three of five save chances.