Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The Cincinnati Reds gave up a lot to get Mat Latos, hoping he'd push them to the next level. Given his chance Thursday to do just that, he was gone in the fifth inning. Buster Posey's grand slam capped San Francisco's six-run burst against Latos, propelling the San Francisco past the Reds 6-4 Thursday in the clinching Game 5 of their best-of-five NL division series. ''I'm not making excuses,'' Latos said. ''This game's 100 percent on me.'' Ahead 2-0 in the series, the NL Central champion Reds lost the final three games at home. Cincinnati won 97 games during the regular season and took two more in the playoffs at San Francisco, but that 100th victory proved to be elusive. Acquired in the offseason from San Diego for pitcher Edinson Volquez and three former high draft picks, Latos matched his career high in wins while going 14-4 this year. He then turned in four innings of one-run relief in Cincinnati's 5-2 win at San Francisco in Game 1 after ace Johnny Cueto was injured in the...
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