Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/17/12

Right-hander Mat Latos of the Cincinnati Reds has pitched pretty well in the his last three outings. He's given up a total of four runs, in fact. But he's gone six, five and five innings.

In the last two, it's taken him 109 and 100 pitches to get through five.

That obviously a problem for the bullpen. Latos was the victim of a blown save in the Thursday's 9-4 loss to the New York Mets.

"I usually I can get six, seven innings," Latos said. "It's just the way it's been going for me lately. Sometimes, I'm not executing my pitches which gets my pitch count up.

"Sometimes, I feel like we fall in love with same pitch over and over. Guys battle. That's just the way it's been going."

Latos had a shutout going for four innings. He allowed two in the fifth and did not retire a batter in the sixth.

"I felt fine," he said. "I was throwing the slider for strikes, throwing the off-speed pitch for strikes, throwing the fastball for strikes for the most part."

Latos was especially unhappy under the walk to Ike Davis, who came in hitting .167, on four pitches to start the sixth.

"I've got to come out there and attack the zone and throw strikes," he said. "I didn't. I walked the first hitter on four pitches. It's obviously not something I'm trying to do. It happens. The second batter, it was groundball, but it was a bad pitch by me."

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