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Just about everything is going right for the Cincinnati Reds.
In the midst of their longest winning stretch in 13 seasons, the Reds can complete their first road sweep of the Colorado Rockies since 2000 with a 10th straight victory Sunday at Coors Field.
Ryan Ludwick hit two of Cincinnati's five solo homers as the Reds (60-40) overcame a three-run first-inning deficit to beat Colorado 9-7 on Saturday. Winners in 16 of 18, the NL Central-leading Reds have not been on such a run since winning 10 in a row from June 21-July 1, 1999.
"We're playing good baseball," second baseman Brandon Phillips told the Reds' official website. "We just feel like we're coming together. We're all having a good time."
Cincinnati, which has not swept a series at Coors Field since July 13-15, 2000, appears to be taking its current success in stride.
"We just accept it and keep running with it," manager Dusty Baker said. "You don't think about how you're doing it. You don't think about how long you've been in it, and you don't think about when it's going to stop. You just come out and expect to win every day."
Ludwick is batting .423 (11 for 26) with three home runs and seven RBIs in seven games since going 2 for 15 in his previous five.
Teammate Scott Rolen, who also went deep Saturday, has batted .346 (9 for 26) with two homers and five RBIs in his last seven contests.
Cincinnati's Mat Latos (8-3, 4.30 ERA) is expected to take the mound in the finale despite suffering a sprained ankle while giving up two runs in five innings of an 8-3 win at Houston on Monday for his first win in four starts.
Latos, 4-2 with a 3.89 ERA in seven starts against the Rockies, has won three straight outings versus Colorado despite giving up five solo homers in 7 1-3 innings of a 7-5 home win May 27. Latos improved to 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA in four starts at Coors Field after he allowed a run and struck out nine over 8 2-3 innings of a 2-1 win Sept. 20 while with San Diego.
Carlos Gonzalez was one of five Rockies to homer off Latos at Cincinnati earlier this season. He's 5 for 15 with two home runs against Latos, and is batting .434 with 27 RBIs during a career-high 27-game home hitting streak.
Colorado (37-62) has lost two in a row and 10 of 13.
Jonathan Sanchez (0-1, 11.25 ERA) takes the mound Sunday trying for a better performance after he allowed five runs and walked four in four innings of a 5-3 loss at Arizona on Monday in his first start since Colorado acquired him from Kansas City on July 19.
The left-hander went 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts for the Royals this season.
"I didn't know what to expect because it's been a long time since we've seen him," said Colorado manager Jim Tracy. "He had some trouble during the course of his time with Kansas City but we saw some good breaking pitches from him."
Sanchez is 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA in five starts versus Cincinnati.
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