Coming into Friday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Johnny Cueto looked to be back to his old self following his second stint on the disabled list. However, the D'Backs rocked Cueto for seven earned runs on 11 hits in the fourth and third innings as the Reds fell 11-5.
It didn't take long for Arizona to put a run on the board. Gerardo Parra led off the first with a solo shot, his sixth of the year. In the second, Willie Bloomquist lined a 2-run single to center and the D'Backs led 3-0 through two.
But the Reds battled back.
In the top of the fourth, Jay Bruce took Wade Miley's slider and crushed it into right field for his 16th homer of the season. They plated two more runs in the fifth thanks to a Joey Votto double and a fielding error by former Red Didi Gregorious.
Unfortunately the Diamondbacks weren't finished either. In the bottom half of the fifth, they piled on four runs off of Cueto. After Bloomquist led off with a single, Paul Goldschmidt hit his 18th homerun of the year. Following two more singles, Cueto was pulled but both runners scored later in the inning and the D'Backs led 6-3.
"Things did not all go well," Cueto said via translator. "Like we say, it's just one outing — and a bad outing. I have a lot more outings coming. I just have to keep my head up and continue going."
In the sixth, four more runs came across the plate including another home run by Goldschmidt as well as run scoring doubles from Jason Kubel and Gregorious.
"He's one of the best; you look at his numbers, really his whole career," Goldschmidt said of Cueto. "We knew he was going to be tough, but we were able to get some base runners on against him, then get some big two-out hits."
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