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Reds' Latos is sharp, but loses to Padres 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2014 at 1:53 am •  Published: July 1, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mat Latos gave up one run, and the San Diego Padres managed just one hit all night.

It all added up to a 1-0 loss for Latos and the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

"Can't really say I was a tough-luck pitcher," Latos said. "At least I won't say it."

Everth Cabrera's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning scored the game's only run, as the Padres topped Cincinnati despite getting one hit. Tommy Medica's single in the second was the only hit for the Padres, who got solid pitching behind rookie Jesse Hahn (4-1) and four relievers to end Cincinnati's season-high five-game winning streak.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in as many chances for the Padres, who won for the second time this season after getting just one hit. They defeated Pittsburgh 3-2 on June 4, with Cabrera's bunt single being the lone hit

Latos (1-1) allowed one run, a hit and a walk over seven innings in absorbing the loss against his former team. He struck out four.

"My job is to put up zeroes and try to win a ballgame and I made one mistake," Latos said. "I walked the leadoff hitter and it came back to bite me in the butt. So that's on me."

The Padres broke the scoreless tie in the fifth without the benefit of hit as Cabrera drove in Medica, who walked to open the inning and then stole the first base of his career. He took third when Cameron Maybin flied to center, then scored on Cabrera's deep fly to center.

"I throw up all zeroes, maybe we are still playing with a chance to win the game," Latos said. "Not much I can do. It's on me. One run will do it."

It was enough in the series opener as Latos' effort was wasted.

"He had everything working," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He had a great changeup today, a pitch he's leaning more on this year. He used both sides of the plate extremely well.

"He went seven innings and gave us what will typically work for a victory, but we were just a little short."

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