At least the Diamondbacks still have first place to feel good about. The way things are going these days, though, that lead — just like the one they held Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers — may not last.
After Arizona got six innings of two-hit ball from fill-in starter Yusmeiro Petit, its bullpen failed to do its job, and the D-Backs lost for the sixth time in eight games, 4-3, at Chase Field
“We’re just going through a little bit of a tough period where we’ve coughed up some games where we don’t normally do it,” manager Bob Melvin said.
The result combined with the Dodgers’ victory over Houston trimmed the D-Backs’ NL West lead to 1 1/2 games and dropped them below .500 (42-43) for the first time since they were 1-2.
Arizona has held solo possession of first in the division since April 7, but the race hasn’t been this tight since April 8.
Chad Qualls, Tony Pena and Brandon Lyon all allowed a run after Petit left with a 2-1 lead.
Four pitches by Chad Qualls was all it took to tie the game at 2 in the seventh. Gabe Kapler tripled to right center on Qualls’ first pitch and walked home three pitches later when Mike Cameron doubled down the left-field line. The blown save was Qualls’ sixth of the year.
“It’s just that one pitch to Cameron obviously was too (high),” Qualls said. “Other than that, I threw great pitches. Yet again one (bad) pitch and they get one run off it. I make that mistake, and I’m just not getting away with it right now.”
Milwaukee scored the game-winning run on an RBI single by Cameron in the ninth after Russell Branyan reached when his ground ball bounced off the glove of first baseman Mark Reynolds. Reynolds, who made his 15th error of the season, was playing the position for the first time in his major league career.
Reynolds said being at first didn’t matter.
“It’s a ground ball. Just got to make the play,” he said.