PHOENIX – Struggling through the first six innings, the Cincinnati Reds finally broke through to get a milestone win.
Chris Heisey hit two of Cincinnatis 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 Cincinnatis 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 Navarros solo shot two batters after Heiseys 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.
DODGERS 10, ROCKIES 8: In Denver, Joe Blanton pitched effectively into the eighth inning for his first win with Los Angeles and A.J. Ellis hit his first career grand slam.
Hanley Ramirez homered in his second straight game to help the Dodgers withstand a late rally that saw Colorado score seven runs in the eighth inning.
PADRES 8, BRAVES 2: In San Diego, with its new owners watching, Chase Headley and San Diego won for the ninth time in 10 games.
The third generation of the OMalley family was introduced at a news conference earlier, promising to run the Padres in the same first-class manner that Walter and Peter OMalley once ran the Dodgers.
METS 3, PHILLIES 2: In Philadelphia, Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, Matt Harvey had another sharp outing allowing two runs and striking out six in 6 1/3 innings for New York.
PIRATES 5, CARDINALS 0: In Pittsburgh, Pedro Alvarez stayed hot, blasting his 26th homer and driving in three runs as Pittsburgh rolled. The third baseman – who hit two homers on Tuesday – has seven home runs and 23 RBI in 15 games against St. Louis.
NATIONALS 8, MARLINS 4: In Miami, Bryce Harper homered twice for the first time in his career and the first-place Washington snapped a five-game losing streak.
Harper hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and added a solo homer in the fifth, giving the rookie 14. He had a chance for a three-homer night but grounded into a double play in the ninth, spiked his helmet in frustration and was ejected.
BREWERS 3, CUBS 1: In Chicago, Mike Fiers tossed 7 1/3 solid innings to lead Milwaukee to its eighth straight victory.
Fiers (8-6) held the Cubs to four hits and struck out six.
GIANTS 6, ASTROS 4: In Houston, Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer and Joaquin Arias drove in two with a triple to power San Francisco.