Dodgers' Mat Latos struggles against former team in 10-3 loss to Reds



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LOS ANGELES — Mat Latos is searching for his old self on the mound and so far coming up short in three starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He stumbled to a 10-3 loss against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, losing his first matchup against his former team, which traded him to Miami last December. He had some harsh words for the Reds after his departure.

"Who cares?" he said about the opponent. "Turn the page. It's done and over with. I got to worry about what I got here."

Latos (4-9) gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one. The right-hander, acquired by the Dodgers last month, pitched well in a no-decision of his debut against the Angels, but his last two outings have ended in defeat.

"This isn't what we wanted and obviously not what he wants either," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Latos went 33-16 with a 3.31 ERA during three seasons in Cincinnati. He was 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA in Miami before the trade.

"I'm healthy," he said. "The ball is coming out of my hand good. It's just a matter of stringing innings and pitches together. It is like spring training again trying to get used to a new team and catcher."

Billy Hamilton had a career-high four hits, including a solo homer, to help the Reds earn just their third victory in nine games.

Hamilton went 4 for 4 with four runs scored and two RBIs for the Reds, who piled up 15 hits while never trailing against a team coming off consecutive shutout victories. The loss, combined with San Francisco's win, cut the Dodgers' lead in the NL West to 2 ½ games.

Rookie Keyvius Sampson (2-1) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked one in winning his second straight.

Brandon Phillips went 2 for 5, drove in three runs and scored a run on a night when Joey Votto went 1 for 4 and drew his major league-leading 32nd walk for the Reds.

Eugenio Suarez's three-run homer off Luis Avilan highlighted a four-run sixth and extended the Reds' lead to 9-2. Phillips' groundout to the pitcher scored Tucker Barnhart, who walked.

Phillips and Suarez had back-to-back RBI doubles in the fifth, keeping the Reds ahead 5-1.

Latos was following Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, who combined for 14 innings in the Dodgers' back-to-back shutouts against Washington. Kershaw flirted with a perfect game in Wednesday's 3-0 victory, retiring the first 16 batters he faced.

After Greinke and Kershaw spared the bullpen for two games, the Dodgers were forced to dip into it heavily.

Joc Pederson homered with two outs in the fourth, Adrian Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Pederson added another in the sixth for the Dodgers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: INF Justin Turner was reinstated from the 15-day DL after recovering from a right thigh skin infection that he said was MRSA, a contagious and antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria. He came off the bench in the fifth inning Thursday and will start Friday.

UP NEXT

Reds: LH John Lamb makes his major league debut. He was acquired from the Royals last month as part of the Johnny Cueto deal. He'll be the seventh Reds player and sixth starting pitcher to make his big league debut this season.

Dodgers: LH Alex Wood (7-7, 3.72) will make his second start since being acquired last month from the Braves. He's allowed just eight home runs this season in 125 2/3 innings.

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