Jul 11, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos (55) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Latos Roughed Up As Reds Fall to Braves.

Before the game started this matchup in the pitching aspect was view as a duel between Reds starter Mat Latos and Braves Tim Hudson well that wasn’t the case to be as both pitchers had to work through tough innings in the end the Braves offense were able to do enough as they were able to win 6-5 over Reds Thursday night in Atlanta.

Reds got to Hudson in the first Shin-Soo Choo leadoff the game with a single extending his hitting streak to nine games advanced to third on a stole base plus an error on the catcher Brian McCain to move Choo to third. Cozart striked out swinging no surprise there, Votto drew a four pitch walk then Brandon Phillips singled to right scoring Choo and the Reds took a 1-0 lead. They weren’t down Jay Bruce singled to left scoring Votto to make it 2-0 and Phillips was trying to go to third on the play but was thrown out by a mile second straight day another baserunning blunder.

Braves came back against Latos in the bottom inning scoring two thanks to all star Freddie Freeman who won the final vote contestant in the National League hit a two run double to left center to tie the game. Freeman ended up with three hits and four RBIs for the game.

Latos struggled tonight didn’t had the stuff tonight happens only went four innings charged with six earned runs. In the sixth Joey Votto hit a sac fly to center scoring Choo to cut the deficit to 6-4. In the eighth Philllps doubled to right center to make it a one run game with one out and with runners on 2nd and 1st, Frazier struck out and Heisey fly out to left to end the threat big opportunity missed right there.

The Reds bullpen has been outstanding after Latos departed they went five scoreless innings and hasn’t allowed a run in 10 games pretty good stuff only good sign coming out of this game tonight.

In the ninth Closer Craig Krimbel came in allowed a hit to start it off but buckled down getting two strikeouts and a fly out to end the game. Reds are now 1-3 on their 7 game road trip with three more left in Atlanta. Bronson Arroyo will be on the mound for the Reds tomorrow and the Braves will counter will Kris Meadlan first pitch is at 7:05pm.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds Mat Latos Reds Shin-Soo Choo

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