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WSH@CIN: Latos gives up one run over five innings

While the Mets received a stellar pitching performance from Johan Santana on Wednesday, it was a local kid that led Cincinnati to victory in the first game of the two-game series at Citi Field.

Reds' third baseman Todd Frazier, a native of Toms River, N.J., had his first multi-homer game of his career, including a two-run shot to give the Reds a much-needed cushion in the eighth inning.

While the Reds only have one game remaining in the series, they aren't traveling far for their next series on the road. The team will move over to Yankee Stadium to take on Joe Girardi's team in a three-game series starting Friday.

In order for the Reds to take the series from the Mets, they will need a rebound performance out of starting pitcher Mat Latos. After striking out 11 batters against Pittsburgh two starts ago, Latos struggled on Saturday against the Nationals. The right-hander only lasted five innings, and he missed the strike zone early and often.

"I was in a rhythm early, and somehow I lost it," said Latos, who has a 4.54 ERA after seven starts. "I felt like it wasn't a bad outing, considering I literally had one pitch I threw. I threw 82 fastballs in 109 pitches, so it wasn't too bad for only having one pitch."

Reds: Rare trip through Big Apple
According to STATS LLC, the Reds' two series in New York against the Mets and Yankees (Friday-Sunday) will mark the seventh time since Interleague Play began in 1997 that a visiting team will play consecutively both Major League teams in a shared market.

This occurred twice in 2009, when the Padres visited the Dodgers and Angels, and when the Pirates visited the White Sox and Cubs.

"Playing five games in one spot is good," Frazier said. "You don't have to move as much, and you get your sleep schedule set and go from there."

Mets: Dickey looking for more success
R.A. Dickey will take the mound on Thursday, coming off an injury that occurred in his last start in Miami. Dickey took a line drive off of his right forearm, which affected his knuckleball.

Despite the injury, Dickey managed to hold the Marlins to two runs in six innings.

"It was a real fight today," Dickey said following the outing. "I threw a lot of tumbleweeds up there, balls that were just kind of rotating on me. I didn't have my swing-and-miss knuckleball tonight, but they were hitting enough pieces of it to give me some ground balls in a couple of bigger situations. I was able to make a good pitch occasionally when I needed it."

Worth noting:
• Reds' reliever Aroldis Chapman continued his scoreless streak on Wednesday, striking out two Mets' batters in the eighth inning. He has struck out 34 batters over 19 1/3 innings pitched this season. Comments