Jason Kubel returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks' lineup Wednesday with two home runs and Ian Kennedy showed a return to his 2011 form as the D-backs routed the Cincinnati Reds 7-1.
Kennedy pitched eight strong innings, giving up just one run on eight hits while striking out seven Reds batters to pick up his seventh win of the year. Kubel, who had missed four games with a sore hamstring drove in three runs in his first two at-bats of game. He now has 17 homers and a team-leading 63 runs batted in.
The D-backs remained seven games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants, who beat the Atlanta Braves in extra innings on Wednesday. With the win, the D-backs stand 44-47 with a 10-game homestand looming against two weaker teams -- the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies -- and one would-be contender -- the New York Mets -- who have lost their last six games in a row.
Weather permitting, the D-backs will go for a series win today against the Reds, who will send former Arizona State University standout Mike Leake (3-6) to the mound to face Joe Saunders (4-6). First pitch is 9:35 a.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620 AM. More info: www.dbacks.com.