If you've ever heard the old saying "when it rains, it pours" then you know exactly what the Cincinnati Reds are going through right now.
After taking three of four from the Arizona Diamondbacks early last week, the Reds have dropped four of their last five against division foes Milwaukee and St. Louis.
Last night was a big blow as the Cardinals took down the Reds by a score of 6-1 which dropped Cincinnati back to four and a half games out of first place.
Mat Latos was on the mound for the Redlegs. He was hit with the loss after going six innings allowing nine hits and four earned runs.
"It is frustrating, but they're a good team and things aren't falling for us as of late," said Latos.
Latos did strike out four and also went two-for-three at the plate.
Cincinnati fell behind early after the Cardinals got two runs in the first. Matt Carpenter, Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday all collected singles to begin the game. After Reds manager Dusty Baker made a quick visit to Latos, he induced a ground ball and kept the damage at a minimum.
Cardinals starter Joe Kelly kept the Reds at bay for most of his outing. He scattered eight hits and a single earned run over six innings of work.
Shin-Soo Choo got the only run for the Reds thanks to a solo home run, his 17th this year, to lead off the fifth inning.
St. Louis added runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings but it was just insurance as the Reds couldn't muster anymore run production.
"We've just got to play better baseball," Baker said after the game. "I'm really getting kind of tired of answering these questions every day for everything that happens and everybody. Sometimes a guy has to be held accountable for their actions. They're all big boys. They're all getting paid here. The Cardinals are beating us pretty good. We've got to change that."
The Reds will try and eek out a win tonight before getting a day off to travel to Colorado. Homer Bailey, who is 8-10 with a 3.71 ERA will be on the hill tonight.
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