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Latos shuts out the Mets over seven innings

A lot of the numbers fall in favor of Reds starter Mat Latos.

His 10-4 record and 3.84 ERA is nothing to scoff at, but had a few things gone things a different way, Latos' numbers could be even more impressive.

He received three straight no-decisions despite lasting seven, seven and eight innings, respectively, while giving up a combined three earned runs in those starts.

Half of his losses came in two of his first three starts in Cincinnati, and the righty had to carve his now-respectable ERA down from 8.22 back in April.

He hit another bump in the road Friday against the Cardinals, as the wheels simply came off in the sixth inning. He gave up seven runs over five-plus innings, with six of the runs, including two homers, coming in his final frame.

"I went from having good fastball command to not," said Latos, who had been unbeaten in six starts since July 18. "That last inning, I looked up and it was 6-5 already. I had command down in the zone early, but I made a couple of mistakes and they capitalized on it."

He holds a 1-1 record with a 3.41 ERA in his career against the D-backs and will toe the rubber against a rookie making his first start against the Reds.

Patrick Corbin (5-5, 3.91 ERA) has been up and down from the Minors this season and struggled in his past two outings. He allowed four runs in consecutive starts and tossed a combined 11 innings.

He lasted just four frames Friday, surrendering four runs on nine hits.

"I wasn't locating as much as I was before. I left some balls up and paid for it," Corbin said. "I was a little surprised to not go out there [in the fifth inning]. I thought I might go back, it's frustrating. I just didn't have my best stuff."

Reds: Votto's return approaches
Joey Votto has played baseball again.

The former National League MVP began his rehab stint with Class A Dayton on Tuesday, going 0-for-1 with a walk and a swinging strikeout.

Votto played five clean innings in the field before leaving the game as planned.

"That I'm able to play today I think speaks to the progress I've made," Votto said. "I'm happy that I'm finally out on the field playing with a team. I'm not at 100 percent yet, but usually when you do your rehab game you aren't."

The Reds have played some of their best baseball in his absence, going 28-14 since Votto left the lineup July 16.

D-backs: Rotation stocked with young guns
Typically, veteran experience is more conducive to winning baseball while the younger players often go through their early-career bumps.

That hasn't exactly been the case for the D-backs, who sport the youngest rotation in the Major Leagues.

Corbin takes the mound Wednesday as the second-youngest starter on the staff at age 23. Tyler Skaggs, Monday's starter is just 21, with Trevor Cahill (24), Wade Miley (25) and Ian Kennedy (27) rounding out the rotation -- one that could mean an even brighter future in Arizona.

"To me, that's the rotation we would like to have in place for years to come, although we might have gotten to them sooner because of injuries and trades that were able to make," D-backs president Derrick Hall said. "Hopefully, one day we can resemble the rotation the Braves had in the early '90s when they were very young, yet they were together for so many years and had so many pennants together. Are we going to be the Braves? I think everybody aspires to be, but who knows?"

Worth noting
• J.J. Putz has converted 17 straight save opportunities, the fourth-longest active streak in the Majors.

• The Reds have used 33 players this season, the fewest in the Major Leagues.

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