Rockies left-hander Jamie Moyer lasted just 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on Monday in a 7-4 loss to the Marlins, dropping his record to 2-4. A day later, Reds righty Mat Latos (3-2) who at 24 years old is 25 years younger than Moyer, went seven innings and let up two runs in a 4-3 victory against the Braves.
"It's about time," said Latos, who struck out eight and threw 116 pitches. "I felt real good, body-wise, mechanics-wise, pitches... I was ready to go. I was tired of going five innings or so. It was good to go seven for once."
Moyer has not faced the Reds yet this season. He first pitched against them, incredibly, on Aug. 22, 1986, at Wrigley Field. Reds bench coach Chris Speier played third for the Cubs in that game.
Only one of Moyer's four starts in May has been strong. He ended April with a 3.14 ERA, but has allowed 17 runs in 20 innings since.
"It's hard to win when you get 3 2/3 from your starter and over 100 pitches," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said after Moyer's most recent turn.
The Reds have been rolling of late. A six-game win streak ended with a 6-3 loss to the Rockies in the series opener Friday, but with Saturday's 10-3 victory, they've won seven of eight.
Saturday ended a two-game win streak for the Rockies, who had lost six in a row prior. Colorado has had just one three-game win streak this season.
Rockies: Tulowitzki coming on strong
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki entered Saturday hitting .418 (23-for-55) with six doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs in 14 career games at Great American Ball Park. That average was the highest for any player with at least 60 plate appearances at GABP.
He went 1-for-4 Saturday, dropping his average at the park to .407.
"I think he's back to his old self," manager Jim Tracy said before the game. "We've seen in the last few days what our offense is capable of when [Carlos] Gonzalez is doing his thing and Tulowitzki is following up."
A day after he was scratched because of a stiff neck, Michael Cuddyer started in right field and batted sixth against the Reds on Saturday night. He went 0-for-2 with two walks.
Matt Belisle had Saturday night off after pitching in four straight games.
Reds: Frazier likely back at third on Sunday
Miguel Cairo started at third base on Saturday in an effort by manager Dusty Baker to get the utility man some playing time. Todd Frazier, who entered Saturday's win in a double switch, should be starting Sunday.
"I've got to play Cairo sometime," manager Dusty Baker said. "I need him and [Ryan] Ludwick and [Wilson] Valdez. I have to play them sometimes so they can be strong off the bench to help us. It's a tough job already, especially if you don't play."
The Reds are donating 50 box seats to Sunday's game to the children, and their families, who attended the Camp Erin program at nearby Camp Joy. Operated by Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, Camp Erin is a free bereavement camp for kids ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one.