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Cincinnati Reds Win Fifth in a Row

The Cincinnati Reds kept the roll going Monday evening as they defeated the hapless Houston Astros, 8-3.  It wasn’t pretty.  It wasn’t powerful, but it was a win.  The win for the Reds moved them to a game and a half in front of equally hot Pittsburgh Pirates and, better still, a season high 16 games over .500.  It was their 5th win in a row and 12th out of the last 14.  The Cincinnati Reds now stand at 56 and 40.

For the second game in a row, the Cincinnati Reds used small ball to win a game.  This is the third game since the All-Star break that the Reds have won without hitting a home run.  Very good sign. 

It wasn’t like the Reds didn’t hit.  They certainly did that.  They equaled a season high of 17 hits and actually left 15 runners on base.  However, they were effective enough to push across the 8 runs.

Mat Latos picked up another win to improve to 8-3 for the season.  He struggled much of the time and left the game after the 5th inning having tweaked an ankle or knee delivering a pitch during that inning.  Latos was able to work out of three different innings of bases loaded situations to allow only 2 runs in his 5 innings of work.  Four relievers took care of the rest of the game by allowing only 1 run on 3 hits in 4 innings of work.

At the plate, the Cinncinnati Reds were led by Ryan Ludwick, Brandon Phillips  (who improved his BA to .296) and Todd Frazier who went 3 for 6. Ludwick and Frazier knocked in 2 RBI a piece.  Chris Heisey (who got the start in left field) got in on the hit parade by going 2 for 4 with 1 RBI.

The two teams will go at it again Tuesday evening as the Cincinnati Reds will send Mike Leake to the mound to try and extend the win streak to 7 games.