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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Reds Torpedo Mariners Latos Pitches and Hits Cincinnati To Win

Mat Latos repeated the start that Mike Leake had on Friday.

The Mariners scored two quick first inning runs but Latos gained his composure and came back strong on the mound and with the bat and the Reds came back to win 13-4.


One out into the first, Endy Chavez singled and Kyle Seager followed with a home run and the Marlins had a quick 2-0 lead.

Cesar Izturis and Jack Hannahan were in the lineup to give Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier some rest but more importantly to get some at bats to get sharp.

Izturis drove in three runs with a single when the Reds cut the Mariners' lead in half in the second inning.  He drove in two more with a two-out double in the fifth.

Hannahan had three hits and walked in five plate appearances.  He contributed to the first run without a hit by advancing Jay Bruce, who walked and moved up on a wild pitch.  Hannahan's ground ball to first moved Bruce to third, allowing the rightfielder to score on Izturis single.

"It's a total team game," Dusty Baker said. "You have to use all your guys.  You try to space it so they're not sitting around too long."

Latos allowed the Mariners to get the run back.  A one-out walk to Brad Miller and another single by Chavez put runners on first and third.  Seager collected his third RBI with a sacrifice fly.

But Latos more than made up for it in the fourth inning.

Hannahan was on second with a double when Eric Wedge ordered Jeremy Bonderman to walk Ryan Hanigan to pitch to Latos.

Latos ruined that strategy by lacing a double into the rightcenterfield gap, scoring both runners.  Latos scored himself on a single by Shin-Soo Choo to give the Reds a lead that they never gave back.

“That was nice, especially after I gave up two runs to the first (three) batters," Latos said. "That was a big relief that we put up some runs.”

Baker mentioned the lack of two-out hits after the loss Friday.  Saturday the Reds scored nine runs on two-out hits.

“The big two-out hits were the key," Baker said. "They came through in the clutch with big hits.”

Bruce singled to snap an 0-for-10 slump in the fifth and doubled in two runs with two outs in the sixth.

Izturis was told by Baker on Friday that he was going to start Saturday.

“It was good to go out and try to help the team win," Izturis said.  "Dusty’s always good about letting you know, and that’s good, especially when you don’t play every day. It’s definitely all mental. We’ve got people here who can help us prepare. It’s not that easy, but we know what we’re for.”

Latos got the win to improve to 8-2 and to the fans delight he struck out 11 batters so the fans will get free pizza from LaRosa's.

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