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PIT@CIN: Latos throws 7 1/3 shutout frames, homers

Before Monday, the Brewers were 2-7 against the National League Central-leading Reds this season. But two days and two wins later, the Brewers have a chance to sweep Cincinnati out of town on Wednesday as the two clubs complete their midweek series.

On the mound for Milwaukee on Wednesday will be veteran lefty Randy Wolf. The good news for the 35-year-old is he has experienced success against the Reds throughout his career, posting an 11-4 record with a 3.42 ERA.

The bad news, however, is Wolf is having one of the most disappointing seasons of his career to date. Since the beginning of May, he has won just one game.

In his last outing against the Cardinals, Wolf allowed five earned runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings as he took his eighth loss of the year.

He had little trouble with the Cardinals through the first three innings, allowing two singles and no runners past first base. But St. Louis sent nine batters to the plate and collected four hits in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.

Pitcher Joe Kelly's two-out single on the first pitch from Wolf scored Daniel Descalso from second for the go-ahead run.

"I couldn't stop the bleeding," Wolf said after the game. "They got hit after hit, and when you get to the pitcher's spot, you have to get him out. He gets a big hit there. Unfortunately that was really the difference in the game."

Opposing Wolf for the Reds will be Mat Latos. The 24-year-old won his 10th game of the season his last time out by shutting out the contending Pirates over 7 1/3 innings, giving up just four hits and striking out five. He also clubbed a two-run home run, his first with the Reds and third of his career.

Reds fans knew the significance of the series and came out in droves, marking the 10th sellout crowd of the season and bringing the "10th man" factor for Latos in a playoff-like atmosphere.

"What are we, the first week of August? That was unbelievable," Latos said after the game. "They were so loud and so into the game. I don't think they understand they have a big, big part in games like this, to have a sellout crowd and have them go absolutely nuts. Everybody is feeding off that energy coming out of the crowd. The fans have to understand that if they do what they just did, we're going to win a lot of ballgames."

Brewers: Segura may not play Wednesday
Shortstop Jean Segura was in the lineup again on Tuesday after he was called up Monday, facing Bronson Arroyo in his first game and Johnny Cueto the next. Manager Ron Roenicke said he didn't know if he was going to send Segura out against Latos on Wednesday.

"We looked at it, and I said, 'OK, do we play him the first day and just let him see a game on the bench or what do we do?'" Roenicke said. "And then I started looking at the matchups, and there's not any easy matchups in these three games, so he had to face the offspeed guy last night. Now the good power arm today and tomorrow. I'm not sure if I'm playing him tomorrow yet or not. We'll see how today goes."

Segura went 0-for-3 on Tuesday. He drove in his first Major League run on a grounder but is still hitless in his brief career.

Reds: Votto not expected to play during road swing
First baseman Joey Votto is getting closer to returning to game action, but he is still unlikely to play during the Reds' current road trip, manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday.

Votto is traveling with the team and has been taking batting practice and running sprints before the games in Milwaukee. After finishing a series with the Brewers on Wednesday, the Reds head to Chicago to play the Cubs in a four-game series.

"He's not too far off," Baker said. "I'm just not thinking [he'll play] on this road trip."

Cincinnati returns home on Aug. 14 to play the New York Mets.

Baker said Votto still has to practice sliding. He underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on July 17.

"If you had a knee injury, the one obstacle that you have to overcome is sliding," Baker said.

Worth noting
• The Reds are 16-6 since Votto left the lineup on July 16.

• Milwaukee's Ryan Braun needs one stolen base to produce the ninth 20/20 season in franchise history and the third of his career. Comments