Luke Weaver takes no-hit bid into seventh as Arizona Diamondbacks blank Cincinnati Reds

Apr 11, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Luke Weaver (24) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during a baseball game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Weaver pitched a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Eduardo Escobar belted a home run in his fourth consecutive game to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday in Phoenix.

The Diamondbacks won the series, beating Cincinnati on Saturday and Sunday after the Reds increased their winning streak to six games with a win Friday.

Cincinnati, which had only two hits Sunday, scored just three runs in the last two games after producing five or more in its first seven games of the season.

Weaver (1-0) took a perfect game into the sixth inning with two outs when he hit Alex Blandino with a pitch. He then struck out Tyler Naquin.

The right-hander’s no-hit bid came to an end with one out in the seventh when Eugenio Suarez hit a broken-bat single to center field after Joey Votto walked. Weaver then struck out Aristides Aquino and got Nick Senzel to fly out to end the inning.

Weaver, who retired the first 17 batters with a crafty changeup and curve, was relieved to start the eighth inning by Matt Peacock. Weaver struck out eight batters with one walk while improving his record to 4-0 against the Reds in his career.

Escobar’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, which gave Arizona a 7-0 lead, marked a career-high streak of four home runs in as many games.

He is the first Diamondbacks player to accomplish the feat since Mark Trumbo in 2014.

Escobar’s ground-rule double in the second inning off Jose De Leon (0-1) was followed by Pavin Smith’s single, which scored Escobar and put Arizona ahead 1-0.

David Peralta’s three-run home run in the fourth inning off De Leon increased the lead to 4-0.

Escobar’s two-run blast in the fifth plated Peralta, who led off the inning with a double.

Cam Bedrosian relieved De Leon with one out in the fifth, but the Diamondbacks continued to rally as Carson Kelly, Weaver and Tim Locastro each singled with two outs to load the bases. Bedrosian then walked Josh VanMeter, a former Red, to force in Kelly and increase Arizona’s lead to 7-0.

–Field Level Media