Mat Latos made the most of two extra days of rest, pitching his second career complete game and striking out a career-high 13 batters Monday as the Reds beat the Brewers 3-1.
Latos was pushed back to Monday because Reds manager Dusty Baker wanted to slot him in between Mike Leake and Bronson Arroyo in the rotation.
“Leake and Arroyo are very similar,” Baker said. “Plus the extra day with the off-day, too, gave us the liberty to do something.”
Whether the extra rest helped or not, Latos responded with easily his best effort for Cincinnati. He entered with a 5.20 ERA in 14 starts, and his previous high for innings pitched in a game this year was 7 1/3. Inefficiency had been a hallmark of his season, but he needed just 109 pitches to get through nine tonight, even with all of the strikeouts mixed in.