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CINCINNATI - Mat Latos was sick and still dominating and the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of wild throws to score the tie-breaking run and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-1, at Great American Ball Park Thursday afternoon.
Latos (13-4) held the D-Backs to one run and five hits over eight innings and - importantly - saved the bullpen.
"I was sick right before the first inning," said Latos, who couldn't even keep water down. "I was sick again in the fifth inning. It's gone now, but I didn't have anything left in the tank."
"Latos gave us what we wanted," manager Dusty Baker said. "A security guard told me he was vomiting underneath the stands."
Baker was forced to use closer Aroldis Chapman for two innings Wednesday night, making him unavailable Thursday. So Sam LeCure was given the chance to earn his first major league save.
LeCure gave up two hits but got the job done.
"He doesn't have the best stuff, but he's not afraid," Baker said of LeCure. "Sam was the best man. He knows how to pitch. I knew he wouldn't get rattled if there were runners on."
By winning the series 3-1, the Reds (73-55) improved to a season-high 18 games over .500 and increased their lead over Arizona to seven games in the battle for the National League's second wild-card.
With the score 1-1, Shin-Soo Choo singled to lead off the eighth inning. He went to second on a wild pickoff throw by D-Backs reliever Eury De La Rosa, took third on Todd Frazier's sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch.
Choo also scored the Reds' first run after singling in the third.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill, in his second start since coming off the disabled list, allowed four hits and one run. He threw three wild pitches -- all in the third inning.
"He struggled that inning," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "They scored two runs on four wild pitches and an error. It's very frustrating, disappointing."
In the third, the Reds put runners on second and third with one out. Brandon Phillips cashed in the opportunity with a run-scoring groundout for a 1-0 lead. Cahill entered the game with 11 wild pitches this season, and now has a major league-high 14.
The Diamondbacks took a more conventional route in getting even 1-1 in fourth. Adam Eaton and Paul Goldschmidt led off with singles, Arizona's first hits off of Latos. Martin Prado hit into a double play, but Aaron Hill rapped a sharp one-hopper that third baseman Frazier couldn't handle. Hill was credited with a run-scoring infield hit.
The Reds are staying right with the NL Central leaders. They trail first-place Pittsburgh by two games and second-place St. Louis by one game.
The Reds start a three-game home series with the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night.
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