Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Jason Kubel returned to hit two home runs,
Ian Kennedy struck out seven in eight innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks
rolled to a 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.
The Diamondbacks gave Mat Latos his first loss in exactly three months after
knocking the righty around for five runs in just 4 2/3 innings.
Kubel, who was dealing with a tight hamstring, hit home runs off Latos (7-3)
in his first two at-bats since Saturday, a two-run blast in the first inning
and a leadoff shot in the fourth.
The Diamondbacks had scored just eight runs in their previous five games prior
to Wednesday, but have now won two of the first three games in this four-game
Kennedy (7-8) was much better than he needed to be, allowing a run on eight
hits without walking a batter to go 3-0 in his three career starts against the
Latos hadn't lost since April 18 at St. Louis, going 7-0 in 15 starts. But he
allowed six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in this one and has given
up seven runs in 9 2/3 innings in his last two outings.
The Reds have lost two of three on the heels of a six-game winning streak and
gave up sole possession of first place in the NL Central. The Pirates beat the
Rockies earlier Wednesday and have tied them.
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