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Mat Latos fans career-high 13 in complete-game victory

Jun 25, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

Mat Latos AP

Mat Latos made the most of two extra days of rest, pitching his second career complete game and striking out a career-high 13 batters Monday as the Reds beat the Brewers 3-1.

Latos was pushed back to Monday because Reds manager Dusty Baker wanted to slot him in between Mike Leake and Bronson Arroyo in the rotation.

“Leake and Arroyo are very similar,” Baker said. “Plus the extra day with the off-day, too, gave us the liberty to do something.”

Whether the extra rest helped or not, Latos responded with easily his best effort for Cincinnati. He entered with a 5.20 ERA in 14 starts, and his previous high for innings pitched in a game this year was 7 1/3. Inefficiency had been a hallmark of his season, but he needed just 109 pitches to get through nine tonight, even with all of the strikeouts mixed in.

  1. muskyhunter2542 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    I think that I could fan 7-8 Brewers. they suck Ass.

  2. metalhead65 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    it is about time he pitched a good game for the reds,now let’s just hope he can follow this game with another strong outing to show that there is hope he might live up to the hype and for what the reds gave up to get him.

  3. dondada10 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    This is the guy the Yankees should have traded Montero for.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Why, Latos couldn’t make our squad.

  5. randygnyc - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Why, Latos couldn’t make our squad.

  6. farvefromover - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    more amazing than Latos’ pitching last night was the fact that you guys actually did a story about the Reds

    • paperlions - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      Time between Reds posts: 5 hrs 33 min.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        Paper: Shhhhh…don’t break out the facts.

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