Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/27/12

Mat Latos had mixed reactions to his start Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, but he and the Cincinnati Reds will take the result.

The right-hander set a career high by giving up five home runs, but those were the only baserunners he allowed, minimizing the damage while the Reds were hitting four homers on their way to a 7-5 win.

"I didn't walk anybody?" said Latos, who never pitched out of a stretch while lasting a season-high 7 1/3 innings. "That makes me feel a little better. As a pitcher, it's a bummer to let a team go yard five times. I was just in attack mode. I was just throwing strikes. It's always good when you throw strikes, but I don't make excuses. If those pitches are down, maybe they don't leave the ballpark. Maybe they're groundouts."

Latos became the first pitcher in Reds history and 11th pitcher in major league history to earn a win despite giving up at least five home runs. He is the first Reds pitcher to give up five homers in a win since Bronson Arroyo in the Reds' 10-5 win at Baltimore last June 25.

Latos made enough quality pitches to overcome the usually fatal combination of heat -- 90 degrees at game time -- and smallish Great American Ball Park, manager Dusty Baker said.

"If you make quality pitches, you can pitch in a shoebox," Baker said. "If you don't, you can't pitch in Yellowstone."

Latos, as has become typical in his career, struggled in April, going 1-2 record with a 5.97 ERA, but he'll finish May 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA.

"I just think April hates me, to be honest with you," he said.

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