reds 6, diamondbacks 2

Cincy gets 80th win with sweep

Reds 6, Diamondbacks 2

August 30, 2012 

PHOENIX — 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.

Dioner Navarro hit a 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.

Phillips said his home run off the batter's eye in center field was hit with all the power he could generate.

"I did some pushups (Tuesday) night and I was like 'Maybe pushups really work,'" Phillips said.

Latos said he came out with a little too much adrenaline 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 ball games. 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 Arizona starter Patrick Corbin (5-6). Todd 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.

His 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 retired 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 62⁄3 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."

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