The 40,000-plus fans that crammed into the Great American Ballpark got just what they had hoped for. This was the third time that Latos has gone up against the Cardinals. In his first two starts he allowed a single earned run in 12 total innings.
"The guy can pitch," starting catcher Devin Mesoraco said. "It's not any kind of crazy, different thing that he does here. He just goes out there and executes. I think you could put him in Williamsport [Pa., home of the Little League World Series] and he's going to be a pretty good pitcher."
Both teams were able to plate a single run in the second inning. The Cardinals got an RBI groundout from Jon Jay to give them a 1-0 lead. Jay Bruce launched a solo home run, his tenth of the year, to tie the game after two innings.
The Cardinals were able to plate another run off of Latos in the third. Allen Craig had an RBI single.
Still down a run in the fifth, Mesoraco went deep to center field for his third home run of the season.
"It was a fastball out over the plate," Mesoraco said. "I wasn't sure if it was going to go out or not, but it had just enough."
Luckily for Latos, Cincinnati plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Derrick Robinson led off the inning with his first career double. Joey Votto followed him with a double of his own and the Reds took a 3-2 lead. Later in the inning, Mesoraco came up big again with an RBI single to give Cincinnati a 4-2 lead heading into the eighth.