Thursday's late game

Latos gets first win at Los Angeles

Associated Press,Associated PressJuly 27, 2013 

LOS ANGELES — Mat Latos was able to get deep into the game because of his pitch count. He threw only 74 through the first six, so he had plenty left to get through a seventh-inning jam and came within one out of getting through the eighth.

Latos ended up with 106 pitches in a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, ending the National League West leaders' six-game winning streak. Jay Bruce and Xavier Paul provided the power with home runs against Zack Greinke.

"Latos was really dealing tonight," Reds Manager Dusty Baker said. "He was throwing downhill. His fastball looked like it was going to go low, and then it stayed up in the zone. He also had a really good breaking ball. That's a heck of a team over there, and he almost got out of the eighth without anything."

Latos (10-3) allowed two runs — one earned — and eight hits with four strikeouts en route to his first victory at Dodger Stadium, after going 0-5 with a 3.95 ERA in his five previous starts at Chavez Ravine.

Latos is 24-7 in 54 starts since Cincinnati acquired him from San Diego in December 2011. The last time he faced the Dodgers back on Sept. 22 at Cincinnati, he pitched eight innings in a 6-0 victory that clinched the Reds' second NL Central title in a three-year span.

Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 24th save in 27 chances.

Coming off a 6-0 trip that extended their road winning streak to 10 games — the longest by the franchise since 1955 — the Dodgers lost for only the sixth time in their last 29 games overall.

"We're in a good spot, but we have to keep going," said catcher A.J. Ellis, a former Paul Laurence Dunbar High School standout. "We've worked hard to get to this point, and we don't want to let it go to waste. We've got some good teams behind us that are going to be tough down the stretch, so we've got to stay humble and understand that this is part of the grind."

Greinke (8-3) gave up four runs and six hits over seven innings in his second attempt at his 100th major league victory. The loss was the right-hander's first in his last six decisions overall, and first in seven career starts against the Reds (4-1).

Notes

■ Injured Cincinnati RHP Jonathan Broxton, who spent his first seven big league seasons with the Dodgers and had a career-high 36 saves for them in 2009, is scheduled to face hitters during batting practice on Saturday. He hasn't pitched for the Reds since June 13 because of an elbow strain.

■ Latos has allowed only two home runs against the Dodgers in 72 career innings spanning 10 starts. Both of them were by James Loney.

■Three of Greinke's four strikeouts came against Latos.

LOS ANGELES — Mat Latos threw 72⁄3 innings and the Cincinnati Reds got home runs from Jay Bruce and Xavier Paul to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Thursday night, ending the NL West leaders' six-game winning streak.

"Latos was really dealing tonight," Manager Dusty Baker said.

Latos (10-3) allowed two runs — one earned — and eight hits with four strikeouts en route to his first victory at Dodger Stadium, after going 0-5 with a 3.95 ERA in his five previous starts at Chavez Ravine. Latos is 24-7 in 54 starts since Cincinnati acquired him from San Diego in December 2011.

Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 24th save in 27 chances.

Coming off a 6-0 trip that extended their road winning streak to 10 games — the longest by the franchise since 1955 — the Dodgers lost for only the sixth time in their last 29 games overall. Their division lead over Arizona shrunk to a half-game with the Diamondbacks' 3-1 victory over the Cubs.

Yasiel Puig manufactured their unearned run in the fourth after leading off with a single and making his customary exaggerated turn at first. Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo made an ill-advised throw past first baseman Joey Votto — hoping to surprise Puig — and the ball hopped into the stands. Puig was awarded two bases and scored on the first of Adrian Gonzalez's two RBI groundouts.

Zack Greinke (8-3) gave up four runs and six hits over seven innings in his second attempt at his 100th major-league victory. The loss was the right-hander's first in his last six decisions overall.

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