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Rough road trip: Diamondbacks suffer two sweeps in nine games

The Arizona Diamondbacks are now 2-9 in their last 11 games after leaving 12 runners on base in their 7-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

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In a designated bullpen game for Arizona, the Reds struck early with a leadoff home run by rookie sensation Elly De La Cruz. This was then quickly followed by a two-run homer from Nick Senzel, which boosted the Reds lead to three.

Jose Ruiz, in just his second career start, was forced out of the game with one out remaining in the second inning. Ruiz was accountable for three earned runs on five hits.

While the Diamondbacks tied the game with a pair of home runs in the fifth inning, these marked the end of their offense for the afternoon. Arizona ended the game with 12 runners left on base.

Following a monumental 446-foot blast over the batter’s eye in centerfield off the bat of Corbin Carroll, the Diamondbacks went 2/13 at the plate in the final four innings.

Meanwhile, the Reds continued to pile on, first taking back the lead in the sixth, then blowing the game wide open in the 8th inning.

With reliever Miguel Castro on the mound, Cincinnati put up a three-spot with four singles. In total, the Reds put up 13 hits against the Diamondbacks bullpen, which has struggled all season.

In the past 16 games, the D-backs hold a 4-12 record, as nothing seems to be going right at the moment.

On the positive side, Arizona will finally head back home to Chase Field with their nine-game road trip concluded.

The St. Louis Cardinals will come to town on Monday. It will be Ryne Nelson on the mound for the Diamondbacks, hoping to end a four-game losing streak.

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