Chris Heisey's homers rally Reds over Diamondbacks 6-2
August 31, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
PHOENIX -- Chris Heisey hit two of Cincinnati's four late homers, including a tying shot in the seventh inning, to rally the Reds to a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Dioner Navarro's solo shot two batters after Heisey's two-run drive put Cincinnati ahead. Brandon Phillips added a two-run homer in the eighth and Heisey capped the scoring with a solo homer two outs later.
The NL Central leaders swept the three-game series and sent the reeling Diamondbacks to their sixth straight home loss.
Mat Latos (11-4) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts. He also had two hits in his first win since Aug. 3 against Pittsburgh and his first at Arizona since August 2010.
Brewers 3, Cubs 1 Mike Fiers tossed 7-1/3 solid innings to lead Milwaukee to its eighth straight victory over Chicago.
Fiers (8-6) held the Cubs to four hits and struck out six, helping Milwaukee beat its division rival for the 13th time in 16 meetings this season. The Brewers have won eight of nine overall and moved within five games of .500 for the first time since July 21.
Fiers sent down 14 straight batters at one point and won his second straight start, but Milwaukee's streak of eight straight games with at least 10 strikeouts came to an end. It was the longest such streak since 1900.
John Axford finished for his 22nd save in 30 chances.
Jeff Samardzija (8-12) gave up seven hits and three runs — two earned — in seven innings. He struck out 10.
Nationals 8, Marlins 4 Bryce Harper homered twice for the first time in his career and first-place Washington snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Miami.
Harper hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and a solo shot in the fifth, giving the rookie 14 this season. He had a chance for a three-homer night but grounded into a double play in the ninth, spiked his helmet in frustration after crossing the bag and was ejected by umpire C.B. Bucknor.