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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 Franc...
BEST OF MAXIM
Here's something to cheer you up after a bitter end to the season.This picture was tweeted by @MichelleMatter to the wife of Mat Latos just prior to Mat's crucial start in Game Five. The artist of this inspirational work of art is Dylan, age 5, who is the son of the aforementioned tweeter.Dylan's photo may not have propelled Mat to victory on Thursday, but it was an adorable...
Cincinnati's ace is out of action. His replacement let the Reds down on Wednesday. Now, they are turning to Mat Latos - their biggest offseason addition - to avoid an unprecedented playoff meltdown.
The Reds saw the 2-0 lead they built in San Francisco evaporate as the Giants pounced on emergency starter Mike Leake for five runs in four-plus innings on the way to an 8-3 win...
Buster Posey came to Cincinnati wondering whether the San Francisco Giants were long for the postseason. Down 2-0 in the best-of-five National League Division Series to the Cincinnati Reds, Posey, a leading candidate for the league's MVP award in his first season back from a serious ankle injury, had been scuffling at the plate with a 3-for-17 start in the first four-plus games...
CLEARS THE BASES
Tweet The Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants are currently playing the deciding game of their best-of-5 series today to advance to the NL championship series. The Giants were up 2-0 in the 5th inning before catcher Buster Posey did this off of Reds starter Mat Latos: Your browser does not support iframes. The Reds [...]
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Buster Posey hit the third grand slam in Giants' postseason history, and San Francisco completed its startling comeback by holding off the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 Thursday in the decisive Game 5 of the NL division series.
The Giants won the final three games, all in Cincinnati, and advanced to the NL championship series. They will face either St. Louis or Washington...
CINCINNATI - The San Francisco Giants' dugout erupted when Buster Posey hit a fifth-inning grand slam off Mat Latos to put them ahead by six runs in Thursday's decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series. But the third grand slam in Giants postseason history wasn't the only cause for celebration in the Giants' 6-4 series-clinching victory over the Cincinnati...
Buster Posey insisted all along -- even after San Francisco lost the first two at home -- that his team was far from done, no matter how long the odds.
Turns out, he was right. And the NL batting champion had a lot to do with this most Giant comeback.
Posey hit the third grand slam in Giants postseason history on Thursday, and San Francisco pulled off an unprecedented revival,...
It was winner-take-all in the NLDS Game Five at Great American Ball Park Thursday night. Neither team crossed the plate until the fifth inning when the Giant's offense erupted for six runs, capped off by a grand slam by Buster Posey. Reds fans hopes for a deep October run were quashed when their team lost three consecutive home games for the first time this season.
Wednesday's MLB postseason action was absolutely awesome, and it's been every bit as good through the first two games Thursday.
In the first game of the day, we saw NL MVP candidate Buster Posey hit a grand slam to cap off a six-run fifth inning, and give the Giants a 6-0 lead. The Reds came right back with two of their own in the bottom half of the fifth, and had chance...
CINCINNATI -- The season isn't over yet for the San Francisco Giants. Buster Posey singled leading off the 10th inning and later scored on an error by Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen, lifting the Giants to a tense 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. Cincinnati now leads the best-of-five series two games to one. Game 4 is Wednesday in Great...
CINCINNATI -- The season isn't over yet for the San Francisco Giants. Buster Posey singled leading off the 10th inning and later scored on an error by Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen, lifting the Giants to a tense 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. Cincinnati now leads the series two games to one. The irony of the finish is that Rolen...