PHOENIX — Dusty Baker rarely uses the squeeze bunt, let alone trying it with a 40-year-old on third base with one out in the ninth inning.
But Jim Edmonds showed some hustle scoring from third base on pinch hitter Chris Heisey's perfectly executed bunt that scored the go-ahead run as the Cincinnati Reds rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-7 on Wednesday night.
Heisey dropped his bunt down the third-base line and beat the throw to first base. He eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Paul Janish, and the Reds, trailing 7-3 in the top of the eighth, struck for eight runs in the eighth and ninth in front of the smallest crowd in Diamondbacks history.
The Diamondbacks' bullpen was the team's undoing once again in a wild back-and-forth game that also featured some shoddy defense. Reliever Sam Demel gave up four runs in the top of the eighth on four straight hits. On came Aaron Heilman (3-4), who allowed an RBI double in the eighth before serving up what would be the winning run in the ninth, and three more after that.
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"Every ball they hit was down the middle of the plate," Heilman said.
The Reds got help from an overthrow to home plate by Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton in the eighth. That allowed a run to score and kept the inning alive for Brandon Phillips to tie the game at 7 with a double, and set the stage for the Reds' 35th come-from-behind win of the season.
"The more you do things, and the more you do them right, and the more you believe it, that's what it's all about," Baker said.
"Gutsy call by Dusty," said Laynce Nix, whose two-run double in the ninth capped the comeback. "That was exciting and a lot of fun."
Only 15,509 were on hand at Chase Field.
Arthur Rhodes (4-3) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win.