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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 hes good, hes real good," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff home run and Brandon Phillips added a two-run shot in the first inning off Randall Delgado (0-1) as the Reds averted a three-game sweep. That was plenty of offence 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 didnt feel too good, didnt 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 didnt 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 Cincinnatis 4-3 loss on Saturday, Aroldis Chapman gave up a run in a shaky ninth but still got his 19th save. The loss snapped Arizonas four-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 centre to end the game. Latos fanned six in a row in the third and fourth -- Delgado, Parra, Bloomquist, Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero and Jason Kubel -- all swinging. Of Latos season-high 110 pitches, 79 were strikes. "Cant complain with that," Latos said. The big strikeout number was a mixed blessing, he said. "You start striking out a lot of players, you start throwing a lot of pitches," Latos said. "Maybe it would have been great to go all nine and not strike out 13, but Ill take it. It was a good win." He said his slider "felt good coming out of my hand." "That and the changeup," he said. "The changeup is a pitch Ive been working on all season." 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 havent been doing my job lately but you know Im trying, Im trying to step my game up. Im not my normal self. Im not 100 per cent, but the thing is theres no excuses. Im still in the lineup so Ive got to do my job." Cincinnati added an unearned run in the second. Xavier Paul led off with a double, then Pennington bobbled Devin Mesoracos 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-centre. 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 Bloomquists groundout. Goldschmidt drew a two-out walk and Montero singled Parra home to make it 4-1, maintaining Arizonas 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: After the game, Gibson said 2B Aaron Hill, on the DL since April 14 with a broken left hand, would be activated Tuesday. LHP Joe Paterson was optioned to Triple-A Reno to make room. ... Arizona starters do not have a win in their last 16 games. ... 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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State has earned an unflattering reputation under coach Bill Snyder for its non-conference scheduling of weaker opponents from schools that often have a direction in their names.The Wildcats went to the extreme opposite this season.Kansas State opens up against No. 8 Stanford on Friday night, a marquee matchup against the Rose Bowl champions and star Christian McCaffrey on national TV kicking off the slate of weekend games.It will be the first time since 2001 that the Wildcats open the season on the West Coast -- back then it was the Southern California juggernaut under Pete Carroll -- and the first time they will face a ranked opponent in their opener since Auburn in 2007 under former coach Ron Prince.I tell everybody this is a game like any other game, Kansas State linebacker Mike Moore said. Theyre a highly ranked team and this can propel our season, but if we do our job and do what the coaches tell us, we can have a great game.The Wildcats, plagued by injuries during a 6-7 finish a year ago, tend to open at home or against lower-level opponents. The idea is to ease into the season, build some confidence and give younger players deep down the depth chart a chance to see the field before the Big 12 Conference grind.But the league has encouraged teams to schedule tougher non-conference games in the hopes of boosting its chances of landing a team in the playoff. As a result, the Wildcats face Stanford, Oklahoma takes on No. 15 Houston and Texas hosts 10th-ranked Notre Dame.Those teams are a far cry from South Dakota, the Wildcats opener a year ago. Or Stephen F. Austin, their punching bag to kick off the 2014 season.Its a challenge, (but) I dont relate that to necessarily what it means to our program, Snyder said. I think its a great oopportunity in regards to this set of young people.dddddddddddd I have great respect for Stanford and we all know where they are in the rankings, certainly well deserved. Its obviously a challenge but its an excellent opportunity for the young people here.Snyder said there is no greater sense of urgency playing a marquee brand such as Stanford in Week 1, even if his players may feel differently. Every game carries the same weight to himI think coaches have that same sense of urgency regardless of who youre playing, he said. You can say youd want your players to as well and I do, but it ought to be at the heightened level regardless of who theyre playing. That may be the case but I cant assure you that it always is. Maybe it is for some right now in different circumstances.A softer opening might have been especially beneficial this season with Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz and safety Dante Barnett returning from season-ending injuries.Ertz was announced as the starter on Monday, completing his comeback from a torn ACL that he sustained in the first game last season. He will try to turn around an offense that was ninth in the Big 12 in passing offense a year ago, and shuffled through so many different faces under center that wide receiver Kody Cook was eventually pressed into duty.Barnett will be relied upon just as much on defense, where the senior will try to direct a group that allowed more than 450 yards and 31.5 points per game last season.We are going on the road and playing one of the Heisman finalists from last year, he said. We are also playing one of the top-10 teams in the country, so I cannot wait for the atmosphere. 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