Umps sort out crazy ending, Diamondbacks beat Reds in 10th

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks waited for the umpires to sort out a wild ending after baserunning follies on the final play, and wound up beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 in 10 innings Sunday.

Arizona loaded the bases with one out in the 10th and Chris Owings lined a ball over center fielder Billy Hamilton's head.

As the Diamondbacks celebrated in the middle of the diamond, the Reds retrieved the ball - a stadium worker tossed it back - and began tagging the bases. The Reds claimed Arizona runners didn't properly advance to touch the bags before leaving the field, and should be called out on force plays.

The umpires discussed the Reds' belated try for a double play for a couple of minutes before ruling the game was over.

TV replays appeared to show at least two Arizona runners leaving without touching the next base.

The confusion on the bases might've prompted some baseball fans with a sense of history to recall a most famous play from more than 100 years ago involving Fred Merkle. He was called out in a 1908 game for failing to touch the next base on what should've been a winning hit in a pivotal matchup between the New York Giants and Chicago Cubs in 1908.

Ryan Mattheus (1-3) opened the Arizona 10th by walking Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta followed with a single, his career-high fifth hit. Jarrod Saltalamacchia put down a sacrifice bunt and Mattheus intentionally walked Jake Lamb to load the bases.

Owings was up next, and his fly that landed in center set off the craziness.

Josh Collmenter (4-6) pitched a perfect 10th inning.

Daniel Hudson escaped a jam in the eighth inning by getting a pair of outs with two on and Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth to keep the game tied for Arizona.

Stuck in a 3-for-27 rut, Goldschmidt worked on some mechanical issues with hitting coach Turner Ward and it paid off in the first inning, when he lined a run-scoring double into the corner in left off Anthony DeSclafani. It was his 381st career RBI, tying Matt Williams for fifth on Arizona's all-time list.

Goldschmidt doubled in his next at-bat, in the third inning, tying Chad Tracy for fifth on the Diamondbacks' career list with 153. He singled in the fifth inning and scored on Peralta's run-scoring double that tied the game at 2.

Goldschmidt came up with a runner on second in the seventh inning, but instead of walking the Arizona slugger, the Reds decided to go after him. It paid off; Burke Badenhop struck out Goldschmidt looking with a pitch on the outside corner to preserve a 3-all tie.

The Diamondbacks have tried to be conservative with Patrick Corbin in his return from Tommy John surgery and erred on the side of caution his last start, lifting him after four outs and 54 pitches.

Corbin lasted much longer in his seventh post-surgery start, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings. The left-hander was lifted after Eugenio Suarez and Ivan De Jesus led off the seventh inning with consecutive doubles to tie the game at 3.

DeSclafani, the 10th straight rookie to start for the Reds, allowed three runs on 10 hits in six innings.


Reds: LHP David Holmberg, Monday's starter against San Diego, is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts since joining the rotation after Johnny Cueto was traded to Kansas City.

Diamondbacks: RHP Rubby De La Rosa is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA his last five home starts heading into Monday's game at Chase Field against Philadelphia.