That's hardly the right-hander's main concern.
Instead, he's focused on the Reds' drive toward an NL Central title and will try to provide another strong outing in Sunday's series finale against the visiting Chicago Cubs .
Latos (10-3, 3.63 ERA) has allowed only one run over his three starts in August, spanning 21 1-3 innings, but hasn't gotten enough support to earn victories in each of his last two outings. In the latest of those, he held the New York Mets scoreless over seven innings Tuesday but the Reds didn't score until the ninth of their 3-0 win.
"I couldn't care less about a win right now," he told the team's website. "As long as this team wins ballgames, it doesn't matter who gets the win. Put an infielder on the mound, as long as we get a 'W,' that's all that really matters to me."
Latos, who is also 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA over his last five outings, will try to keep things going in his first matchup with the Cubs this season. He's 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA in his four previous meetings, but gave up two hits and struck out nine over seven innings of a 2-0 win for San Diego on Sept. 26.
In this game, he'll pitch opposite Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.96), who is winless over his last 23 major league starts. The right-hander, who earned his most recent victory July 10, 2011, is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts since being called up from the minors Aug. 1. He gave up four runs over five innings Tuesday in a 10-1 loss to last-place Houston.
"Just keep going. That's all you can do," he told the team's website. "The past is in the past. The only thing I'm concerned with is my next game."
In his previous outing, Volstad allowed three runs over six innings in Chicago's 5-3 victory over Cincinnati. He also gave up six runs over five innings against the Reds in a 9-4 defeat at Wrigley Field on April 20.
Making his first visit to Cincinnati, Volstad will try to help his struggling club split its four-game series at the Great American Ball Park. The Cubs (47-72) are 4-14 in their last 18 but snapped a nine-game road losing streak with a 9-7 victory in the finale of Saturday's doubleheader.
Cincinnati, which owns a 6 1/2-game lead over Pittsburgh in the division, nearly erased an 8-2 deficit in the nightcap.
"It's tough to sweep a doubleheader," outfielder Ryan Ludwick said. "We had opportunities. They came out and scored a big run at the end. Our backs were against the wall, but we scratched and clawed and fought and gave ourselves a chance."
The Reds (73-48) earned one of their seven wins in the last nine games during the opener of that twinbill.
Ludwick will try to help lead the Reds to another victory while continuing his power surge. He hit two homers in Saturday's loss and has six homers over his last nine games.
Ludwick is hitting .393 with five homers and 11 RBIs in his last eight games against the Cubs, and is 2 for 4 with a double and four RBIs lifetime against Volstad.
|July 28, 2012||Matt Garza||15-Day DL||Stress reaction, right elbow|
|July 21, 2012||Matt Garza||Day-to-Day||Left game - right triceps cramp|
|June 16, 2012||Ryan Dempster||15-Day DL||Right lat tightness|
|June 13, 2012||Ian Stewart||60-Day DL||Left wrist surgery|
|June 02, 2012||Blake Parker||60-Day DL||Stress reaction in right elbow|
|May 19, 2012||Welington Castillo||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|August 01, 2012||Devin Mesoraco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|August 01, 2012||Wilson Valdez||Day-to-Day||Left game - stiff neck|
|August 01, 2012||Devin Mesoraco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 31, 2012||Bill Bray||15-Day DL||Lumbar muscle strain|
|July 31, 2012||Brandon Phillips||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left calf|
|July 16, 2012||Joey Votto||15-Day DL||Torn meniscus, left knee|
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Xavier Paul kept the Cincinnati Reds winning in spite of themselves.
Paul led off the ninth inning with a pinch-hit triple and Ryan Hanigan followed with a single Sunday as Cincinnati overcame three more errors to pull out a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs .
Paul lined the first pitch from Shawn Camp (3-6) over first base into the right-field corner. Hanigan hit the next pitch to left-center over the drawn-in Chicago outfield.
"I knew the ball was down the line and I had a chance for three," Paul said. "I was trying to bust it out of the box. There's a big difference between being on third with nobody out and being on second with no outs. On the first pitch, I was looking for a pitch I could drive. I went out with the mindset that, if I got a pitch I could handle, I was hacking. I got it, and luckily, I got a good swing on it."
Aroldis Chapman (5-4) struck out two in the ninth. Brett Jackson doubled with one out, but was caught trying to steal third.
The NL Central-leading Reds took three out of four from the Cubs and finished a 5-2 homestand. Cincinnati made 10 errors in those seven games, leading to seven unearned runs.
The Reds went into Sunday tied for second in the NL in fielding, and the sloppy glovework left manager Dusty Baker less than giddy about the win.
"Is there stink on the field?" wondered Baker, who said he spoke with his team about tightening up the defense while the Reds were in Chicago a week ago. "It was an ugly win, but a win's a win. We've got to tighten up the defense. That's one thing we pride ourselves in. We've just got to keep working. It's a matter of concentration. We've got to go back to total concentration."
The Cubs capitalized on two errors to tie the score. Third baseman Wilson Valdez misplayed Darwin Barney 's potential double-play ball with no outs in the sixth, leading to Alfonso Soriano 's sacrifice fly and Starlin Castro 's RBI single.
Jay Bruce dropped Luis Valbuena 's fly ball near the right-field warning track with one out in the eighth inning, allowing David DeJesus to go from first to third. DeJesus scored on Soriano's groundout.
The Cubs' comeback allowed Chris Volstad to avoid the loss, but his streak of consecutive starts without a win was stretched to 24, dating to July 17, 2011, when he was pitching for the Marlins. He allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings.
The errors cost Mat Latos his fourth straight win. He gave up six hits and four runs - two earned - with six strikeouts in eight innings.
"I was spotty here and there," Latos said. "I didn't have control of my fastball or command of my curveball or slider. I got by with what I had."
Cincinnati took a 1-0 lead in the first on Bruce's two-out single. He is batting .406 (13 for 32) during an eight-game hitting streak, which started immediately after he got two days off.
The Cubs tied it in the third on Scott Clevenger's leadoff walk, Volstad's sacrifice and DeJesus' ground-rule double.
Consecutive singles by Bruce, Todd Frazier and Valdez to lead off the fourth produced the go-ahead run. Hanigan's sacrifice fly and Latos' RBI single made it 4-1.
Volstad was hurt as much by bad luck as anything, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
"It started with a cueball by Bruce and a (lunging) single that found a hole by Frazier," Sveum said. "Then he threw a bad pitch to Valdez and got lazy with the pitcher."
Volstad agreed, especially on Latos' hit.
"There was no reason for the pitcher to get a hit there," Volstad said.
NOTES: This was the 13th sellout of the season, a single-season record at 10-year-old Great American Ball Park. The previous record of 12 was set last season. ... The Cubs optioned LHP Brooks Raley to Triple-A Iowa, the day after he earned his first big league win. ... The Reds optioned RHP Todd Redmond to Triple-A Louisville, the day after he got the loss in his major league debut. ... LHP Chris Rusin will be recalled from Iowa to start for Chicago at Milwaukee on Tuesday. It will be Rusin's major league debut. ... The Cubs claimed LHP Alex Hinshaw off waivers from San Diego. To make room, Chicago transferred RHP Arodys Vizcaino to the 60-day disabled list. Hinshaw was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 31 relief appearances. He had been out of the majors since 2009 before returning this year. The Padres designated him for assignment on Aug. 14.