The Reds look to complete a three-game sweep by handing the Diamondbacks a sixth straight loss Wednesday at Chase Field.
Johnny Cueto threw seven solid innings to become the majors' first 17-game winner and Aroldis Chapman converted his 25th consecutive save as Cincinnati (79-52) won its third straight over Arizona, 5-2 on Tuesday. Winners in three of four overall, the Reds increased their division lead over St. Louis to seven games.
Cincinnati's last series sweep at Chase Field came Aug. 17-19, 2010.
The Diamondbacks (64-66), who dropped to 2-7 on a 10-game homestand, are in danger of matching their season high with a sixth consecutive defeat. Arizona is third in the West, 8 1/2 games behind first-place San Francisco and is 7 1/2 out of the final wild-card spot.
Todd Frazier , one of four Reds with two hits, had a key two-run triple in the eighth inning to break open a one-run game."We were just up the one run so that little cushion was helpful," Frazier said.
Playing regularly in place of injured star Joey Votto , Frazier is batting .486 (17 for 35) with 12 RBIs during a 10-game road hitting streak. However, the versatile Frazier appears to be headed to the bench with Votto expected to return to action this weekend. He could see time at third base, first base and left field when Votto, Scott Rolen and Ryan Ludwick need a day to rest.
Mat Latos (10-4, 3.84 ERA) takes the mound for Cincinnati trying to rebound after he could not hold a 5-2 lead and was roughed up for seven runs in five innings of an 8-5 loss to St. Louis on Friday."I went from having good command of my fastball to not," said Latos, who was 3-0 with a 1.49 ERA in his previous six starts.
Though the right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts at Chase Field, Latos gave up five runs and two homers to Jason Kubel in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-1 home defeat to the Diamondbacks on July 18.
Those home runs came in Kubel's only two official at-bats versus Latos. The veteran outfielder gave Arizona a 1-0 lead with a first-inning sacrifice fly Tuesday, but he is batting .158 with 27 strikeouts in his last 27 games.
Arizona rookie Patrick Corbin (5-5, 3.91) makes his sixth straight start since being recalled from Triple-A Reno on Aug. 1. The left-hander went seven innings twice to win his previous two starts before he gave up four runs and nine hits in four innings of a 5-0 loss to San Diego on Friday."He didn't have very good stuff," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "He wasn't locating well. His pitches were up."
|August 01, 2012||Devin Mesoraco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|August 01, 2012||Wilson Valdez||Day-to-Day||Left game - stiff neck|
|August 01, 2012||Devin Mesoraco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 31, 2012||Brandon Phillips||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left calf|
|July 31, 2012||Bill Bray||15-Day DL||Lumbar muscle strain|
|July 16, 2012||Joey Votto||Day-to-Day||Torn meniscus, left knee - out 3-4 weeks|
|August 21, 2012||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Tight hamstring|
|August 17, 2012||Jason Kubel||Day-to-Day||Neck stiffness|
|August 14, 2012||Takashi Saito||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|August 09, 2012||Willie Bloomquist||15-Day DL||Lower back stiffness|
|August 09, 2012||Josh Collmenter||15-Day DL||Ulcers|
|August 06, 2012||Henry Blanco||15-Day DL||Sprained left thumb|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Struggling through the first six innings, the Cincinnati Reds finally broke through to get a milestone win.
Chris Heisey hit two of Cincinnati's four home runs, including the tying two-run shot in the seventh inning, and the Reds went on to a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
The win was Cincinnati's 80th in their 132nd game of the season, the fastest a Reds team has reached the mark since 1976, when the Big Red Machine got there in 125 games.
Mat Latos (11-4) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks for the win. He also had two hits.
"We struck in a hurry. Had some guys hit some long balls ... and Latos pitched great," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Other than that balk in the first inning, he pitched outstanding. And he hit well, too."
Dioner Navarro 's solo shot two batters after Heisey's first blast put Cincinnati ahead, Brandon Phillips added a two-run homer in the eighth and Heisey capped the scoring two outs later to help the Reds complete the three-game sweep.
"It feels good to win," Phillips said, adding that his home run off the batter's eye in center field was hit with all the power he could generate.
"When I hit it, I was like `Please get up, please get up,' but I didn't think it was going to be like that," Phillips said. "I did some pushups (Tuesday) night and I was like `Maybe pushups really work."'
Latos believes he came out with a little too much adrenalin to start the game, when he gave up two hits, walked two and balked home the Diamondbacks' first run. But he was able to settle down.
"We know that we have to continue to win ballgames. As long as we can win the series, we've got a good chance of going somewhere," Latos said.
Cincinnati trailed 2-0 until the top of the seventh, shut out on two hits by Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin (5-6). Frazier doubled with one out and scored on Heisey's fifth home run of the season.
"I was sitting on a fastball, and I got it," Heisey said .
With two out, Navarro roped his home run inside the left-field foul pole to give the Reds the lead. In the eighth, Phillips and Heisey went deep off reliever Matt Albers .
Latos got his first win since Aug. 3 against Pittsburgh and his first at Arizona since August 2010.
The balk in the first allowed Aaron Hill to score from third base with two out to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead. Jake Elmore 's two-out RBI double in the fourth put Arizona up 2-0, but Latos retire 10 of the next 12 batters he faced.
The Diamondbacks lost their sixth straight and eight of 10 on their homestand to drop three games below .500 for the first time since July 20.
Corbin allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out eight in his first career start against the Reds.
"Not a lot is going right. It's not a good feeling," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "The more you search, the tougher it gets at times."
NOTES: Reds 1B Joey Votto , recovering from left knee surgery, was scheduled to play in his second rehab game for Class A Dayton on Wednesday. Expected to be activated on Saturday, he went 0 for 1 with a walk in five innings in his first game for Dayton on Tuesday. ... Arizona RHP Josh Collmenter pitched four scoreless innings Tuesday in his third rehab game with the club's rookie league team. Collmenter is on the 15-day disabled list with ulcers. ... INF Willie Bloomquist (lower back injury) got two at-bats in a rehab game Tuesday and was expected to play again Wednesday. Bloomquist will travel with Arizona to Los Angeles when the Diamondbacks start their next road trip, a sign that he might be ready to come off the disabled list in the coming days. ... Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said he's rooting for starting pitcher Wade Miley , an All-Star this season, to win the NL Rookie of the Year award. Miley is 14-9 with a 2.85 ERA. Two keys, Gibson said, are that Miley is aggressive in his approach to hitters and hits his spots with pitches.