Mat Latos has been dealing lately. Thursday afternoon was no different. Latos pitched eight innings of one-run ball to lead the Cincinnati Red to a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Latos has now given up two runs or less in each of his last six starts, including two shutouts. He’s now 13-4 with a 2.93 ERA.
Trevor Cahill took the mound for the Diamondbacks and like Latos, had an excellent start (despite his inability to find the zone). Cahill gave up one run on four hits and four walks while striking out seven in seven innings. Cahill is now 4-10 with a 4.56 ERA.
The Red struck first in the third inning as Brandon Phillips grounded out to second, allowing Shin-Soo Choo to score after a couple of Cahill wild pitches.
The Diamondbacks tied the game an inning later on an Aaron Hill single.
In the eighth inning, the Diamondbacks were again crushed by a wild pitch. Eury De La Rosa’s wild pitch in the eighth inning allowed Choo to score for the second time in the game.
The Diamondbacks lead the majors in wild pitches.
Sam LeCure gave up two hits, but avoided disaster, to earn the save in the ninth.
The Reds are now 73-55, two games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central. The Diamondbacks fell to 65-61, nine games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NFL West and seven games behind the Reds for the second wild card spot.