Reds 2, Cardinals 1: Latos toughs it out in victory

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Jeff Roberson | Associated Press
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips dives to beat the Cardinals’ Matt Holliday to the bag on a forceout to end the fifth inning as shortstop Zack Cozart watches.

ST. LOUIS — Mat Latos tweaked his right hip on a swing during his first at-bat in the second inning. He never let it show on the mound.

Latos outpitched Adam Wainwright without his typical follow-through, extending his scoreless streak to 17 innings, and the Cincinnati Reds got an RBI apiece from Joey Votto and Xavier Paul in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals last night.

“I felt some tightness, and it just nagged me throughout the whole game,” Latos said.

Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances, completing the third road victory in 11 games for the Reds and handing St. Louis its third straight loss.

“We’re far from satisfied,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Yadier Molina had three of the Cardinals’ seven hits, including an RBI double off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth that produced their first run in 17 innings. They stranded 10 runners and went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position after entering with a major league-leading .355 average in those situations.

Wainwright (4-2) trailed just six pitches in after Shin-Soo Choo doubled on his first offering, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Votto’s single. Over his final six innings, the Cardinals right-hander gave up three hits and one run, on Paul’s broken-bat grounder in the fourth that set up by hits from Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier.

“They’ve got some great hitters over there, and we lost a tough game,” Wainwright said. “Not much more to say.”

Latos (2-0) allowed five hits and walked three over six innings in his sixth quality start in as many outings this season. The Reds have scored just four runs in his past three appearances.

“Every night he goes out there, he’s that guy where we know we have a really good shot of winning as long as we can put up a couple of runs,” Paul said. “He’s that type of pitcher. That’s the type of pitcher you want facing Wainwright.”

Bullpen session goes well for Reds’ Cueto

Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session, his second session off the mound since going on the disabled list on April 15 because of a strained muscle in his back.

“No pain, nothing,” Cueto said.

Cueto said he was going to talk to pitching coach Bryan Price about a rehabilitation assignment.

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