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Saturday, June 8th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (40-21) at Cincinnati Reds (36-25), 7:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Tyler Lyons (2-1, 2.66)
Cincinnati - Mat Latos (5-0, 2.90)
(Sports Network) - Cincinnati Reds right-hander Mat Latos heads into
Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals trying to stay unbeaten on the
season. He'll also attempt to help his team end a three-game skid and gain
ground on the NL Central-leading Cardinals.
St. Louis heads into the day with a four-game cushion atop the division,
thanks in part to Friday's 9-2 triumph in the opener of this three-game
Latos is 5-0 in 12 starts this season. Aside from a playoff loss last year, he
is unbeaten in his last 19 starts, going 9-0 in that span. His last regular
season loss came Aug. 24 against the Cardinals at Great American Ball Park as
he gave up nine hits and seven runs over five-plus innings.
Recently, though, Latos has been awesome. He's given up one run in each of his
last two outings. Also, in his last three starts versus St. Louis, Latos is
2-0 with a 1.06 ERA.
Latos is 19-4 with a 3.36 ERA since joining the Reds. Cincinnati has gone
32-13 in those starts. Additionally, he's 12-3 in 26 career starts at Great
American Ball Park.
Tyler Lyons will make his third major league start Saturday for the Cardinals.
The lefty allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Giants last Sunday in
a 4-2 loss. Lyons is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his two road starts.
Last night, Adam Wainwright picked up his ninth win of the season and the
Cardinals recorded 16 hits. Wainwright (9-3) gave up two runs on seven hits
and a walk while striking out seven in seven innings to tie the Diamondbacks'
Patrick Corbin for most wins in the majors this season. He has also allowed
three earned runs or less in his last six starts.
Pete Kozma drove in three runs while Jon Jay and David Freese had two RBI
apiece for the Cardinals, whose 21 road wins lead the majors (21-9).
"We take pride in driving guys in," said Freese. "We get a lot of guys on
base. We just know if we keep the train moving, we're going to have an
opportunity offensively to put some runs across the board."
Shin-Soo Choo and Jay Bruce each had one RBI for the Reds, who have lost three
straight and four of their last five games. Starter Mike Leake (5-3)
surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk over five frames to record his
first loss since May 8 against the Braves.
"They've got a great lineup," Leake said of St. Louis. "You can't take a break
against any of them. You have to keep going after them and challenge them."
With a win today the Cardinals will capture their fifth straight series
against the Reds dating back to last July. St. Louis has won nine of the last
06/08 10:32:56 ET