CINCINNATI The streak had to come to an end at some point. Mat Latos had gone to the mound 21 times for the Reds since last Aug. 24 without taking an L next to his name.
Tuesday night the Pirates scored three runs off of Latos in their first six batters and the Reds offense never retaliated in a 4-0 Pittsburgh victory. Latos wasnt comfortable coming out of the bullpen and took it to the mound, where the Pirates took it to him in a 32-pitch, 19-minute first inning.
This was the exception away from the norm for Latos.
While Latos had been 10-0 in that 21-game stretch, the Reds had, more importantly, gone 17-4 in those starts. They have won 33 of his 48 career starts for them since he was acquired from San Diego after the 2011 season while hes compiled a 20-5 record. Hes now 6-1 this season.
Winning the ball game is the only thing that matters, said Latos. I dont care if I get the W, if (Aroldis) Chapman gets the W, I dont care if they bring Corky Miller up from Triple-A and he ...