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Mat Latos gives up five runs, never works from stretch

May 27, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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Reds right-hander Mat Latos had an odd outing Sunday: he allowed five homers but no other hits or walks in 7 1/3 innings in defeating the Rockies.

Carlos Gonzalez hit two of the five homers off Latos, with Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Dexter Fowler also taking him deep. Fowler’s homer in the eighth knocked him out of the game in the eighth.

After Jose Arredondo walked the only hitter he faced, Aroldis Chapman got five outs for the save in the Reds’ 7-5 win.

There were nine homers hit in all at Great American Ball Park. Rockies starter Jamie Moyer allowed the other four. He surrendered all seven Reds runs and took the loss.

It was the first time this year that nine homers were hit in a game. The last time it happened was Sept. 10, 2011, also in a contest between the Reds and Rockies.

Latos surely missed his old digs in San Diego today. He’s now given up 10 homers in six home starts this season. Still, he’s gone 3-1 with a 4.10 ERA in Cincinnati. He’s given up just one homer in four road starts, yet he has a 5.40 ERA in those games.

  1. metalhead65 - May 27, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    so the fact he he made it 7 innings is suppose to get reds fans excited about this guy? for what they gave up for him he should be gong 7 every game without giving up the 5 runs. it is like they traded volquez for a copy of him with tatts.and just like volquez he could be good if he ever learns how to command his pitches but I will believe it when I see it on a consistent basis.

  2. goldensombrero3000 - May 27, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    The Reds will be buyers for a starting pitcher down the stretch. If they get that starting pitcher they will be hard to beat. Who will it be?

  3. natstowngreg - May 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    In his last 4 appearances, Chapman has 3 saves, 4.2 innings with exactly one baserunner (a walk). Could it be that Dusty has seen the light at last? Nah, too early to say that.

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