PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Mat Latos spent Sunday morning trying to quell a queasy stomach.
All the Cincinnati right-hander really needed was a little bit of defensive help and an overpowering fastball.
Feeling lightheaded and chugging Gatorade, Latos fought off the bug and a shaky first inning to strike out a career-high 11 and lead the Reds to a 5-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
"Sometimes when guys don't feel quite right, a lot of times they throw their best games," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "You settle down, you're concentrating, you try not to overthrow because you don't have the strength to do so."
Baker joked that he kept calling Latos "Michael Jordan" in the dugout between innings and Latos kept reassuring his manager he was OK.
Latos (2-2) certainly appeared to be fine while giving up two runs over six innings. So did the three relievers who upped Cincinnati's strikeout total to 17, tying a club record for a nine-inning game.
The biggest of the 17 ...