|Latos, Reds salvage final game in Arizona, 4-2|
|Monday, June 24, 2013 12:05 AM|
PHOENIX — 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 2-run shot in the first inning off Randall Delgado (0-1) as the Reds averted a 3-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 4-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.
Of Latos’ season-high 110 pitches, 79 were strikes. The big strikeout number was a mixed blessing,.
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 2-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: 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 today, then open a 2-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..
BRAVES 7 BREWERS 4
MILWAUKEE — Brian McCann hit an early grand slam and Atlanta got solo home runs from Chris Johnson and Jordan Schafer in a victory over Milwaukee.
Beaten 2-0 by the Brewers on Friday and Saturday, the Braves entered the game scoreless in 24 consecutive innings. The streak came to a quick end when McCann smacked a 2-out shot to left-center in the first inning off Alfredo Figaro (1-2) for his 10th career slam.
Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez sprained his left shoulder when he fell awkwardly near the center-field wall while making a leaping catch of Andrelton Simmons’ drive in the fourth. Gomez, hit in the left knee by a pitch earlier in the game, immediately left the field clutching his shoulder.
Schafer had four hits, including a double. McCann also reached base safely four times in five trips.
The Braves, who lead the NL East despite getting shut out a major league-high 11 times this season, snapped an 8-game losing streak at Miller Park dating to April 2011.
Jonathan Lucroy hit a 2-run homer off winner Paul Maholm (8-6). Five Braves relievers held Milwaukee scoreless over the final four innings. Craig Kimbrel earned his 21st save in 24 attempts.
DODGERS 3, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO — Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to lift Los Angeles over San Diego.
Gonzalez, the former Padres star, broke a 1-all tie with a drive to right field off closer Huston Street. Ramirez hit the next pitch to right-center to help the Dodgers split the 4-game series.
Street (0-4) has given up 10 home runs in 26 1/3 innings.
Brandon League (3-3) got the last out in the eighth and Kenley Jansen earned his fourth save.
Padres starter Andrew Cashner allowed one run in eight innings. Juan Uribe broke a scoreless tie with a 2-out double in the seventh that drove in Gonzalez.
Carlos Quentin homered against reliever Peter Moylan in the bottom half.
METS 8, PHILLIES 0
PHILADELPHIA — David Wright homered, tripled and matched a Mets’ record with four extra-base hits to back Matt Harvey’s splendid start in a lopsided victory over Philadelphia.
Wright went 4-for-5 with two of New York’s season-high seven doubles.
Given a rare heaping of run support, Harvey (7-1) allowed two hits in six innings and struck out six to earn consecutive wins for the first time since mid-April. The 24-year-old righty threw a season-low 72 pitches — his outing was cut short by a 20-minute rain delay in the seventh.
Harvey also hit an RBI double to deep right-center and scored in a 3-run fifth that made it 4-0.
John Lannan (0-2) unraveled in the fifth after a 3-base error by centerfielder Ben Revere.
ROCKIES 7, NATIONALS 6
WASHINGTON — Michael Cuddyer homered in his first at-bat to extend the longest hitting streak in the majors this season to 21 games,and Colorado hung on to beat Washington.
Cuddyer went 3-for-4 with four RBIs to break a tie with St. Louis third baseman David Freese for the year’s top streak and the Rockies right fielder is two games shy of matching the franchise’s best run.
Cuddyer also extended his Colorado record for consecutive games reaching base to 40.
Nolan Arenado homered to help the Rockies build a 7-0 cushion for Jorge De La Rosa (8-4), who went six innings.
Ross Detwiler (2-6) allowed a season-high seven earned runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
MARLINS 7, GIANTS 2
SAN FRANCISCO — Justin Ruggiano hit a leadoff homer to get Miami started and added a 2-run shot in the ninth, leading the Marlins to their 10th win in their last 11 games at San Francisco.
Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) held the Giants in check into the seventh inning and Marcell Ozuna hit an RBI double and a solo homer as the Marlins beat Matt Cain (5-4) and a struggling San Francisco bullpen.
The Giants did end a 90-inning home run drought when Hunter Pence led off the seventh with his 12th to cut Miami’s led to 3-2.
CUBS 14, ASTROS 6
CHICAGO — Ryan Sweeney had a career-high six RBIs, including a 3-run homer, as Chicago routed Houston.
Sweeney drove in runs in each of his first four at-bats, capping the stretch with his homer. He also had two doubles and a run-scoring grounder.
Anthony Rizzo added a 2-run homer and finished 3-for-3 with four runs and four RBIs.
Chicago scored its most runs and had its most hits (16) this season. All nine starters reached base for the Cubs.
Jeff Samardzija (5-7) went seven innings to win his second straight. He gave up four runs, three earned and did not walk a batter for the first time this season.
Jordan Lyles (4-2) lost for the first time since May 12.