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Latos' complete-game gem helps Reds edge Giants

3:09 PM, Jun 30, 2012   |    comments
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos follows through on a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning at AT&T Park. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Mat Latos threw a two-hitter Saturday for his second complete game in a row, retiring 18 consecutive batters at one point to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Latos (7-2) set down every Giants hitter between Brandon Crawford's one-out double in the third inning and Brandon Belt's one-out triple in the ninth, becoming the first Reds pitcher since 2006 to throw back-to-back complete games.

The 24-year-old righty struck out seven and walked none, improving to 7-0 in his last 13 starts. Belt scored, ruining Latos' chance at his second career shutout. Mike Leake also pitched a complete game Friday as the Reds have won two in a row in the four-game series after being shut out in the opener.

Reds hitters were patient against Giants starter Barry Zito, who walked six in the loss. Zito (6-6) gave up a run on five hits in six innings.

 

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