The Diamondbacks look to do both while trying to match a season high with their fifth consecutive victory and hand the Reds a fourth straight defeat Sunday.
One night after Arizona (41-33) pounded out 15 hits in an 11-5 win over Cincinnati, Jason Kubel delivered a two-run single off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth inning for 4-3 comeback victory Saturday.
Cincinnati's Mike Leake and Arizona's Patrick Corbin engaged in a pitchers' duel before Gerardo Parra gave the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in sixth. Jay Bruce tied it in the ninth with his second home run of the game before the hosts prevailed.
The Reds (44-32) had won three straight and 12 of 14 at Arizona prior to this series, but are now in danger of being swept there for the first time since June 20-22, 2003.
"It's a tough one to swallow but we will be right back there (Sunday)," said Leake, who allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings.
Cincinnati should feel confident behind Latos (6-1, 3.20 ERA), who is 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA in four starts at Chase Field.
The right-hander was 10-0 with a 2.80 ERA in 21 regular season starts before he allowed three runs in the first and three hits over five innings while striking out nine in a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday."I was aggravated with myself," Latos said. "I didn't throw too well in the bullpen and kind of took it into the first. I beat myself (Tuesday). It's always hard when you put your team in a 3-0 hole."
Cincinnati's defeat Saturday overshadowed Bruce's continued power display.
The right-fielder drove in all three runs and matched a career high by homering in his fourth consecutive game. All seven of Bruce's hits in his last 29 at-bats have been home runs.
He is 3 for 8 in the series after going 0 for 19 in his previous five games versus Arizona.
Parra has homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career, and is batting .356 with seven RBIs in his last 15 overall.
He's 4 for 12 against Latos.
Randall Delgado (0-0, 4.00) gets a second straight start Sunday since he was recalled from the minors this week. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson has decided to go with a four-man rotation with Brandon McCarthy injured and Ian Kennedy in the midst of a 10-game suspension.
Delgado gave up two runs and struck out six without a walk in seven innings of a 3-2 win over Miami on Tuesday."When he came up and threw (earlier this month) he wasn't as aggressive as he could be," Gibson said. "But you could see he shortened his motion and focused on locating the ball more. I think in spring training we were looking at a guy who was more of a thrower."
The right-hander went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against the Reds while pitching for Atlanta last season.
|June 14, 2013||Jonathan Broxton||15-Day DL||Right elbow flexor mass strain|
|June 01, 2013||Johnny Cueto||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|June 01, 2013||Johnny Cueto||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|May 21, 2013||Sean Marshall||15-Day DL||Sprained left shoulder|
|April 28, 2013||Chris Heisey||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 27, 2013||Chris Heisey||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained hamstring|
|June 10, 2013||Matt Reynolds||15-Day DL||Strained left elbow|
|May 31, 2013||Brandon McCarthy||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 31, 2013||Eric Chavez||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 30, 2013||Eric Chavez||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|May 26, 2013||Ian Kennedy||Day-to-Day||Cut on right index finger|
|May 08, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Mat Latos started a new winning streak in grand style.
The Cincinnati right-hander went 21 starts without a loss before Pittsburgh beat him on Tuesday. His next time out, he matched his career high with 13 strikeouts Sunday in a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks .
"When he's good, he's real good," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff home run and Brandon Phillips added a two-run shot in the first inning off Randall Delgado (0-1) as the Reds averted a three-game sweep.
That was plenty of offense for Latos (7-1), who allowed a run on six hits with one walk in 7 2-3 innings.
"The first inning it took me a little while to I guess get into a groove," he said. "The first inning I didn't feel too good, didn't feel too great with my command. Then I came out in the second inning and made a little bit of an adjustment, and it worked."
Latos didn't strike anyone out in the first two innings, then fanned 13 over the next 5 2-3.
"Not too many guys score against this guy," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Look what he has done over the last 20 starts. We hung in there. We gave ourselves a chance to win. We hung in there enough to get him out of the game. You are not going to win them all."
After blowing a save in Cincinnati's 4-3 loss on Saturday, Aroldis Chapman gave up a run in a shaky ninth but still got his 19th save.
The loss snapped Arizona's four-game winning streak.
In the ninth, Chapman got the first two batters to bounce out to shortstop before Cliff Pennington singled and went to second on defensive indifference. Pinch-hitter Wil Nieves singled in Pennington to cut it to 4-2.
A wild pitch moved Nieves to second, then Chapman hit Gerardo Parra in the right forearm with a 100 mph fastball.
Pitching coach Bryan Price went to the mound to settle down Chapman, and the left-hander got Willie Bloomquist to pop out to center to end the game.
Latos fanned six in a row in the third and fourth - Delgado, Parra, Bloomquist, Paul Goldschmidt , Miguel Montero and Jason Kubel - all swinging. Of Latos' season-high 110 pitches, 79 were strikes.
"Can't complain with that," Latos said.
The big strikeout number was a mixed blessing, he said.
"You start striking out a lot of players, you start throwing a lot of pitches," Latos said. "Maybe it would have been great to go all nine and not strike out 13, but I'll take it. It was a good win."
He said his slider "felt good coming out of my hand."
"That and the changeup," he said. "The changeup is a pitch I've been working on all season."
The Reds jumped on Delgado from the start.
Choo hit an 0-2 pitch into the swimming pool area in right field, his fourth leadoff homer of the season and ninth of his career. Zach Cozart followed with a double, then after Joey Votto struck out looking, Phillips' homer to left made it 3-0.
Choo and Phillips each have 11 home runs this season.
Phillips had been hitting .164 since missing four games after he was hit by a pitch in the left forearm at Pittsburgh on June 1.
"It felt good to come through for the team," he said. "I haven't been doing my job lately but you know I'm trying, I'm trying to step my game up. I'm not my normal self. I'm not 100 percent, but the thing is there's no excuses. I'm still in the lineup so I've got to do my job."
Cincinnati added an unearned run in the second. Xavier Paul led off with a double, then Pennington bobbled Devin Mesoraco 's grounder down the third base line for an error. Latos sacrificed the runners to second and third, and after Choo walked to load the bases, Cozart brought Paul home with a sacrifice fly to the wall in left-center.
Delgado went five innings, allowing four runs - three earned - and six hits.
The right-hander, who came to Arizona from Atlanta as part of the Justin Upton trade, made his second start since being called up from Triple-A Reno to bolster a rotation depleted by the 10-game suspension of Ian Kennedy and a shoulder injury to Brandon McCarthy .
The Diamondbacks broke through in the eighth when Parra doubled with one out, then advanced to third on Bloomquist's groundout. Goldschmidt drew a two-out walk and Montero singled Parra home to make it 4-1, maintaining Arizona's status as the only team in the majors not to be shut out this season.
Left-hander Manny Parra relieved Latos and got Jason Kubel to ground out to first to end the inning.
NOTES: After the game, Gibson said 2B Aaron Hill , on the DL since April 14 with a broken left hand, would be activated Tuesday. LHP Joe Paterson was optioned to Triple-A Reno to make room. ... Arizona starters do not have a win in their last 16 games. ... Latos struck out at least 10 for the second time this season and seventh in his career. ... The Reds played for the 17th day in a row. They have a day off Monday, then open a two-game series in Oakland with Bronson Arroyo (6-5, 3.13 ERA) on the mound for Cincinnati and Tommy Milone (6-7, 3.98) going for the A's. ... Arizona has Monday off, then opens a three-game series at Washington on Tuesday. Trevor Cahill (3-8, 3.92) pitches for the Diamondbacks against Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.34). ... Pennington started at 3B for the first time since 2008.