MIAMI – After struggling throughout his career against the Miami Marlins, Matt Latos finally beat his hometown team.
Latos (3-3), who hails from nearby Coconut Creek, beat the Marlins for the first time in eight career starts while allowing one run in seven innings to help the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-2 win Friday night.
I battled, Latos said. I had to bear down when I needed to. I made some good pitches and the offense picked me up today. A good game all around.
He gave up five hits and four walks while striking out five.
He pitched well, mixed his speeds in, and we had a couple shots there to get to him early, but just couldn’t get that big hit, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
Aroldis Chapman got the last three outs for his 25th save in 27 chances.
It’s a great team victory, Reds manager Bryan Price said. We dodged a few bullets.
Marlins All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton homered in his third consecutive game to give him a National League-best 26.
Jarred Cosart (0-1) gave up four runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings in his Marlins debut one day after being acquired from Houston.
It’s a whirlwind, but (catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia) made it pretty easy on me, Cosart said. We pretty much had a game plan and for the most part I executed it.
Miami has lost three straight after winning six in a row.
PHILLIES 2, NATIONALS 1: In Washington, Marlon Byrd hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning and Roberto Hernandez pitched eight strong innings.
GIANTS 5, METS 1: In New York, Ryan Vogelsong pitched a two-hitter for his second career complete game, Hunter Pence emerged from a deep funk with a triple and three RBI and San Francisco beat New York Mets for its second straight win after a six-game skid.
BREWERS 7, CARDINALS 4: In St. Louis, Wily Peralta won his 13th game to tie for the National League lead and Aramis Ramirez powered Milwaukee with a home run and RBI double off St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
INDIANS 12, RANGERS 2: In Cleveland, David Murphy was 4 for 4 with two RBI against his former team and Danny Salazar allowed an unearned run in six innings for Cleveland.
ORIOLES 2, MARINERS 1: In Baltimore, Wei-Yin Chen won his fifth consecutive start and had a season-high eight strikeouts to lead Baltimore.
ANGELS 5, RAYS 3: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered to lead Los Angeles.
Bishop Luers product Kevin Kiermaier was 1 for 4 for Tampa Bay.