04/24/2013 8:45 PM ET
D-backs keeping Putz in closer role
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- J.J. Putz has struggled with the location of his split-finger fastball this year, but the D-backs right-hander will remain as the team's closer.
"His split isn't very good right now," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
Putz blew his third save of the year Tuesday when Brandon Belt hit a hanging split for a two-run homer in the ninth inning.
Last week in New York, Francisco Cervelli hit a hanging split for a game-tying homer.
"He threw two fastballs right by Belt then hung two splits," Gibson said. "His command is not as good as it has been in the past, so he's going to try and clean some stuff up. It's more about location for him at this point in his career."
Gibson was not sure if Putz would be available for Wednesday's series finale with the Giants given his recent workload, but he left no doubt what Putz's role would be.
"He'll close if he's available today," Gibson said.
Hinske has words with Giants' Romo
SAN FRANCISCO -- The heat was turned up a bit in the D-backs-Giants rivalry Wednesday as San Francisco closer Sergio Romo and Arizona infielder Eric Hinske exchanged pleasantries.
Romo looked toward the D-backs' dugout as he walked off the mound after getting A.J. Pollock to pop out to end the ninth inning.
Hinske, meanwhile, then started yelling at Romo as Hinske leaned over the D-backs' dugout railing.
"The last two nights he pitched, he asked the umpire where the pitch was, so we screamed from the dugout, 'It's outside,'" Hinske said, referring to a couple of close ball-strike calls that went against Romo. "And then he popped Pollock up and he stared in our dugout, so we exchanged words."
The D-backs and Giants will play each other 15 more times this year, including a three-game set in Arizona next week.
"Good, clean baseball fun right there," Hinske said. "Just friendly competition. We'll see him a lot more times."
Reynolds relishes getting first Major League save
SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs left-hander Matt Reynolds picked up his first Major League save Tuesday night in his 174th career appearance.
"It was pretty exciting," Reynolds said. "There was a lot of emotion, a lot of excitement. It was great for us to get the win."
The save came at an important time for the D-backs, who had watched a late-inning lead slip away for the second straight night. They rebounded to score a pair of runs in the 11th, and with setup man David Hernandez and closer J.J. Putz already having pitched, the D-backs turned to Reynolds.
"It's one of those games where it's back and forth and everyone is fighting tooth and nail," Reynolds said. "And to come in there and kind of shut it down and get the victory is always fun."
Reynolds, who was acquired from the Rockies in an offseason trade, has thrown 10 1/3 scoreless innings to start the season after struggling during the spring.
"I didn't feel like I was necessarily throwing the ball as poorly as my numbers showed," Reynolds said of his spring struggles. "I felt like I had some things that didn't go my way. As long as your arm is feeling good and you feel like you're doing whatever you can to get moving in the right direction, I feel like that's the most important thing."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.