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LOS ANGELES -- Mat Latos was able to get deep into the game because of his pitch count. He threw only 74 through the first six, so he had plenty left to get through a seventh-inning jam and came within one out of getting through the eighth.
Latos ended up with 106 pitches in the Cincinnati Reds' 5-2 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, ending the NL West leaders' six-game winning streak. Jay Bruce and Xavier Paul provided the power with home runs against Zack Greinke.
"Latos was really dealing tonight," manager Dusty Baker said. "He was throwing downhill. His fastball looked like it was going to go low, and then it stayed up in the zone. He also had a really good breaking ball. That's a heck of a team over there, and he almost got out of the eighth without anything."
Latos (10-3) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and eight hits with four strikeouts en route to his first victory at Dodger Stadium, after going 0-5 with a 3.95 ERA in his five previous starts at Chavez Ravine.
Latos is 24-7 in 54 starts since Cincinnati acquired him from San Diego in December 2011. The last time he faced the Dodgers back on Sept. 22 at Cincinnati, he pitched eight innings in a 6-0 victory that clinched the Reds' second NL Central title in a three-year span.
Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 24th save in 27 chances.
Coming off a 6-0 trip that extended their road winning streak to 10 games -- the longest by the franchise since 1955 -- the Dodgers lost for only the sixth time in their past 29 games overall. Their division lead on Arizona shrunk to a half-game with the Diamondbacks' 3-1 victory against the Chicago Cubs.
"We're in a good spot, but we have to keep going," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "We've worked hard to get to this point, and we don't want to let it go to waste. We've got some good teams behind us that are going to be tough down the stretch, so we've got to stay humble and understand that this is part of the grind."
Yasiel Puig, who has been playing like anything but a rookie since the Dodgers promoted him from Triple-A on June 3, single-handedly manufactured their unearned run in the fourth after leading off with a single and making his customary exaggerated turn at first.
Center fielder Shin-Soo Choo tried to get cute and made an ill-advised throw past first baseman Joey Votto -- hoping to surprise Puig -- and the ball hopped into the stands. Puig was awarded two bases and scored on the first of Adrian Gonzalez's two RBI groundouts. The error was Choo's third of the season.
"That wasn't a bad play," Baker said. "I mean, if that throw is on the money, he has him. But it just looked bad because it had a tail on it and it was cutting away, and it skipped by Joey. Those things don't happen unless a guy is hustling, and there aren't many guys that hustle like that on a sure single. So you've got to give Puig credit for that.
"I remember when I first came into the league, Hank Aaron told me not to mess around -- especially when Pete Rose or Roberto Clemente hits the ball because they would put pressure on you to throw the ball," Baker added. "And the only way to do that is to run. So I've got to give it to him. Most guys don't run like that, and most guys can't. The ones that can don't usually hustle like that. But this guy comes to play."
Choo made another egregious mistake on the base paths during the Reds' eighth. Votto lined a hit-and-run single to center field, but Choo got fooled on a perfect decoy by shortstop Hanley Ramirez at second base -- so good that Choo started back to first and was tagged out on the relay from Andre Ethier to Ramirez.
"That's an old schoolyard play that works like once a year somewhere, and it worked for them tonight," Baker said. "He didn't pick up the third-base coach. You've got to use your ears as well as your eyes, and you've got to take a peek. Sometimes in your quest to get to second base, you don't take a peek."
Puig, who went 53 at-bats without an extra-base hit before his double and home run in the Dodgers' 8-3 victory against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, had a pair of singles and raised his average to .378.
"He's got long arms and a big bat," Latos said. "Both singles he had off me I jammed him, but he's big and strong. He put one into the shallow part of the outfield, then I beat him on a slider and he was able to keep the barrel out and reach over and hook it."
Greinke (8-3) gave up four runs and six hits over seven innings in his second attempt at his 100th major-league victory. The loss was the right-hander's first in his past six decisions overall, and first in seven career starts against the Reds (4-1).
A couple of former Dodgers drove in Cincinnati's first two runs. Paul, the second batter Greinke faced, drove a 2-0 pitch into the right-field pavilion in his 700th career plate appearance. Cesar Izturis added an RBI single in the second inning.
"Obviously, Zack's a very good pitcher and he's got a lot of weapons, so you've got to make sure you get something you can handle and take advantage of mistakes," Bruce said.
Bruce was 2 for 21 lifetime against Greinke before driving a 2-2 pitch to left-center for his 21st home run. It came after Greinke turned Votto's comebacker into a 1-6-3 double play and then hit Brandon Phillips on the leg with an 0-2 delivery.
Choo drove in Cincinnati's final run with a ninth-inning single against Carlos Marmol in the right-hander's first home appearance with the Dodgers.
|Jay Bruce scores an insurance run in the sixth inning as the Reds go on to defeat the Dodgers. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shin-Soo Choo, CF||5||0||2||1||0||0||1||.290|
|Xavier Paul, LF||2||1||1||1||1||1||0||.244|
|a-Chris Heisey, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.223|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.321|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||2||1||0||0||1||0||1||.263|
|Jay Bruce, RF||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.276|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Devin Mesoraco, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.261|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.204|
|Mat Latos, P||3||0||0||0||0||3||2||.128|
|a-struck out for Paul in the 8th|
|b-walked for Parra in the 9th|
|2B - Todd Frazier (21, Greinke)|
|HR - Xavier Paul (6, Greinke), Jay Bruce (21, Greinke)|
|RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (33), Xavier Paul (28), Jay Bruce 2 (71), Cesar Izturis (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (14), Jay Bruce 2 (24), Cesar Izturis (5)|
|SB - Joey Votto (4, 2nd base off Howell/Ellis)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - B. Phillips-Izturis-Votto|
|E - Shin-Soo Choo (3, Throwing)|
|Mat Latos (W,10-3)||7.2||8||2||1||1||4||0||3.39|
|Manny Parra (H,7)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.55|
|Aroldis Chapman (S,24)||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||2.59|
|WP - Aroldis Chapman (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 106-73, Manny Parra 6-4, Aroldis Chapman 26-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 13-5|
|Batters Faced - Mat Latos 31, Manny Parra 1, Aroldis Chapman 5|
|Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.281|
|Yasiel Puig, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.379|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||0||1||2||0||0||1||.301|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.384|
|Andre Ethier, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.272|
|A.J. Ellis, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.261|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.266|
|a-Mark Ellis, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.254|
|Zack Greinke, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.394|
|b-Nick Punto, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.240|
|a-singled for Schumaker in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Greinke in the 7th|
|c-walked for Marmol in the 9th|
|2B - Carl Crawford (15, Latos)|
|SH - Zack Greinke (3)|
|RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (64)|
|SB - Hanley Ramirez (6, 2nd base off Latos/Mesoraco)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1|
|DP - H. Ramirez-Schumaker-Gonzalez, H. Ramirez-Schumaker-Gonzalez-Greinke-H. Ramirez-Gonzalez|
|Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers|
|Zack Greinke (L,8-3)||7||6||4||4||1||4||2||3.49|
|IBB - B. Phillips by J.P. Howell|
|WP - Zack Greinke (4)|
|HBP - B. Phillips (by Zack Greinke)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 105-64, J.P. Howell 21-11, Carlos Marmol 21-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 11-4, Carlos Marmol 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 27, J.P. Howell 5, Carlos Marmol 6|
|Attendance - 53275|
|Game Time - 3:10|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski|