The way Mike Leake pitched Tuesday night, the Reds could have gotten by on the 1.7 runs they've been averaging since the All-Star break.

But compared to that, they absolutely exploded offensively in a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks before a crowd of 33,153 at Great American Ball Park. It was only the Reds' second victory in 11 games since the break. It got them back to .500 at 53-53.

They ended a streak of five games in which they scored two or fewer.

It turned out to be offensive overload with the way Leake (8-9) pitched. He went 7 2/3 innings and allowed five hits. He walked none and struck out eight.

Leake had struggled over his previous five starts. He was 1-3 with a 4.83 ERA and had allowed 48 hits in 31 2/3 innings.

"He was on the attack," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "There's a certain element to Mike – the competitiveness, attacking the zone, attacking the hitter, pitching aggressive inside, which he does very comfortably. There's a fierceness to the kid that makes him better than his stuff, and he's got great straight stuff."

Leake got 10 groundball outs.

"My goal was to keep them on the infield," he said. "We played great defense. I like using the infield more than the outfield."

Jonathan Broxton relieved Leake with two outs in the eighth. Broxton needed only one pitch to get out of the inning.

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) was all smiles after earning a save against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park.