Encarnacion's 3-run HR in bottom of 9th lifts Reds over D-backs

CINCINNATI (AP) -- When Edwin Encarnacion failed to get down a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the ninth, freezing while strike two sailed past him, the few thousand fans left in the ballpark let out another boo.

He's heard that sound a few times already in the young season.

The third baseman collected himself and connected on the next pitch, hitting a three-run homer that gave the Cincinnati Reds their first win under manager Dusty Baker, 6-5 over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

"It doesn't matter how you win 'em," Baker said. "That first one always seems like the toughest one."

Until the ninth, no one had it tougher than Encarnacion.

His wild throw home on a forceout attempt gave the Diamondbacks a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning. The 14,016 fans didn't like that one -- Encarnacion's second throwing error of the season was soundly berated.

"I don't know what happened there," said Encarnacion, who has a history of throwing the ball away. "Errors are part of the game. You've just got to keep your head up. I said, 'There's five more innings, and anything can happen."

Nothing much happened until the ninth, when the Diamondbacks turned a 5-3 lead over to Brandon Lyon, their new closer. He got the job after Arizona traded Jose Valverde in the offseason.

Valverde led the NL with 47 saves last season. Lyon converted his first chance in the season opener, a 4-2 win on Monday. This time, he didn't even get an out.

Brandon Phillips and Adam Dunn opened with singles, bringing up Encarnacion. Many of the fans had already left Great American Ball Park, figuring there was little chance of a comeback.

With Encarnacion trying to get down his first sacrifice bunt in the majors, Lyon threw a breaking ball that froze him for strike two. Then, he tried to put him away with a fastball.

Bad decision.

"I put myself in a bad situation, and I just couldn't make enough quality pitches to get out of it," Lyon said. "It's a tough loss for us.

"It looks like we should have just let him bunt it. I tried to go away [with the next pitch], but left it over the plate and he went with it."

The ball landed in the lower deck in left field, sending Reds players streaming into semicircle around home plate. Encarnacion was giddily engulfed the moment he arrived.

"Of course he was going to put pressure on himself," Phillips said. "I'm glad it happened the way it did. It's a beautiful thing to see it happen to a young player like Edwin."

Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded threat in the top of the ninth, putting him in position for the win. He got a break when Eric Byrnes ran into his soft grounder in front of the plate, drawing an interference call that provided the second out of the inning.

Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. remained hitless in two games, leaving him seven homers shy of becoming the sixth player to reach 600.

Until the ninth, right-hander Dan Haren was the star. He doubled, scored a run, hit a sacrifice fly and pitched six innings during his Diamondbacks debut, putting the defending NL West champions in position for another close win.

Haren wasn't feeling good when he arrived at the ballpark -- he had a scratchy throat, an indication that he's coming down with a virus going through the clubhouse. Nothing about his performance was sickly.

"Just the stuff going around the clubhouse," Haren said. "I didn't have as much energy today. The Adrenalin gets going once you get out there."

He gave up four hits in six innings, including Corey Patterson's solo homer and Phillips' two-run shot in the fourth.

Haren also started Arizona's go-ahead rally. He doubled off Bronson Arroyo in the fifth, when the Diamondbacks loaded the bases with one out. Encarnacion threw high and wide of catcher Paul Bako as he tried to force Haren at the plate on a routine grounder, leading to a pair of unearned runs.

Haren added a sacrifice fly in the sixth for the 5-3 lead.

Game notes
Haren's double was his fifth hit in 55 career at-bats. ... LH Doug Davis expects to start Thursday. He was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last week and will have surgery on April 10. He wants to keep pitching until then. ... Stephen Drew hit a solo homer. The Diamondbacks have four homers in two games, all solo shots. ... 1B Conor Jackson was taken to a hospital for treatment after the game. He's been sick for several days and had trouble breathing.