(Sports Network) - Despite winning a fourth straight start last time out,
Cincinnati starter Mat Latos wasn't too pleased with his effort on the mound.
Latos gets a chance to extend his personal winning streak on Thursday night in
the finale of a three-game series as the Reds aim for their first road sweep
of the Miami Marlins.
Latos had good reason to be upset as he allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on
nine hits and three walks over six innings of a 13-7 win over Milwaukee on
Saturday. He did help himself out by going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs
scored, but it was of little consolation.
"I gave up six runs today, actually seven," said Latos. "I could care less how
many hits I had."
Latos opened the season by not factoring into the outcome of his first four
starts and has won each of his past eight regular-season decisions, having not
lost since Aug. 24.
The 25-year-old right-hander has a 3.04 earned run average this season and
faced the Marlins on April 19. He did not get a decision despite striking out
10 batters over seven innings of one-run ball. That left Latos winless in his
career versus Miami at 0-3 with a 6.10 ERA in six meetings.
The Reds took three of four in that series with the Marlins at home and have
won the first two contests of this meeting, giving them a chance at their
first three-game sweep in Florida since May 31-June 2, 2004.
Young right-hander Jose Fernandez aims to extend his first career winning
streak on Thursday night for the Marlins in an attempt to salvage the finale.
Fernandez is coming off consecutive wins over Philadelphia and the Los Angeles
Dodgers, picking up the first two victories of his career. He shut out the
Phillies for seven innings and yielded just one hit on May 4 before besting
the Dodgers last Friday. The 20-year-old scattered three runs over six innings
while fanning seven in his seventh career start.
Fernandez is 2-2 with a 3.65 ERA on the season and that includes a loss to the
Reds on April 18. He was touched for a season-high five runs with six hits and
three walks in four innings.
Run support could be a problem for Fernandez as the Marlins were shut out for
the seventh time this season in Wednesday's 4-0 loss. Shin-Soo Choo paced the
Reds' offense with four hits and a pair of solo homers, while Mike Leake
danced around baserunners to throw 6 2/3 scoreless frames.
Leake fanned six and scattered nine hits with one walk for the Reds, who have
won a season-high five straight games as well as nine of their past 11.
"This ballpark is big," Choo said. "Some balls fly, some don't. I'm not
thinking about hitting homers. I'm just swinging hard."
Derek Dietrich, Rob Brantly and Greg Dobbs collected two hits apiece for the
Marlins, who finished 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded
12 men on base in dropping their fourth straight contest and seventh in the
"We got guys on base, but you've got to keep grinding," Dietrich said. "We
just didn't get the hit when we needed to."
Alex Sanabia was tagged for all four runs on nine hits and three walks over
six innings to absorb his fifth straight loss.
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