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Elements betray Reds in 5-4 loss to Orioles

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 3, 2014 at 12:35 am •  Published: September 3, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) — Mat Latos came out of the bullpen confident he was ready to take on the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles.

Then it rained. And rained some more.

By the time Latos threw his first pitch, it was 2 1/2 hours after the scheduled starting time. He never found his groove, and the Cincinnati Reds absorbed a 5-4 loss Tuesday night.

Rain delayed the start of the game for 23 minutes, and another shower in the top of the first inning caused a stoppage of 1 hour, 46 minutes. When it finally came time for Latos to throw, he struggled from the outset.

Baltimore scored four runs on five hits in the first inning, and Jonathan Schoop led off the second with a homer for a 5-0 lead.

"It (stunk)," Latos said. "You know, all of your adrenaline comes out of the bullpen. I like to create a tempo in the bullpen how I am going to pitch in the game. ... I felt really good coming out of the pen. Mother Nature must have snuck up on us again. It's the second time this has happened to me in two away games."

Latos (5-4) yielded five runs and a season-high 10 hits over five innings in his first loss since July 27.

Baltimore's Bud Norris, on the other hand, threw six shutout innings to send the Reds to their 14th loss in 20 games.

"You want to stay loose, you want to pitch," he said. "It's your day to go."

Nelson Cruz delivered his career-high 91st RBI in the pivotal first inning with a single. Chris Davis and Caleb Joseph added RBI singles around a run-scoring groundout to send the Orioles to their seventh win in nine games.

Baltimore withstood an eighth-inning grand slam by Jay Bruce to extend its lead in the AL East to a season-high 9 1/2 games.

"It definitely (stinks) putting your team in a whole 5-0 in the first two innings," Latos said. "I'm very disappointed in myself. I was able to make pitches when I needed to after those first couple of innings. It's a shame I wasted a grand slam from Jay Bruce."

Norris (12-8) allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked one. He was 0-3 with a 5.11 ERA in his previous seven starts against Cincinnati.

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