PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t have much fun during their 10-game homestand.
The Cincinnati Reds hit four home runs while rallying for a 6-1 victory Wednesday, completing a three-game sweep and handing the Diamondbacks their sixth straight defeat. Arizona has lost of 10 at home and fell three games below .500 for the first time since July 20.
“It’s very disappointing, very frustrating,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. “We had a terrible homestand. We scored 13 runs in our last six games. Not a lot is going right. It’s not a good feeling. The more you search, the tougher it gets at times.”
The losing streak is Arizona’s longest of the season at home and tied their losing skid overall.
“Nobody feels sorry for us,” he said. “We don’t feel sorry for ourselves. That’s part of what we sign up for.”
Chris Heisey hit two home runs, and Brandon Phillips and Dioner Navarro also homered for the Reds.
Cincinnati trailed 2-0 until while being limited to two hits in the first six innings by Patrick Corbin (5-6). However, Todd Frazier doubled with one out and scored on Heisey’s fifth home run of the season. With two out, Navarro roped his home run inside the left-field foul pole to give the Reds the lead. He was replaced after giving up a single to Reds starter Mat Latos, who had two hits.
“He went into the inning with about 72 pitches and I wasn’t thinking about yanking him,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. “He was in total control of the game and it got away from him quick. He is a young kid. We’ve seen a game or two where he had a low pitch count getting into the seventh, where that has happened. It is something he has to learn how to deal with. He threw an exceptional game up until that point.”
Corbin, who struck out eight, faced the Reds for the first time in his career.
“I felt great. I was able to throw all my pitches… I located really well.” Corbin said. “They are an aggressive team so I had to throw everything today and that was what I was able to do until the seventh.”
In the eighth, Phillips had a two-run homer and Heisey added a solo shot off reliever Matt Albers.
Latos (11-4) struggled a little early, but got his first win since Aug. 3 against Pittsburgh and his first at Arizona since August 2010. Cincinnati’s win was its 80th in the 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.
“We know that we have to continue to win ball games,” Latos said when asked if this feels like a special season for the Reds. “As long as we can win the series, we’ve got a good chance of going somewhere.
Latos’ balk 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 went on to retire 10 of the next 12 batters he faced. 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.