The undefeated Latos will try to win a fifth consecutive start and lead the Reds to their season-best sixth straight victory Thursday against a Miami team that has the worst offense in the majors.
Following a 4-0 victory Wednesday, Cincinnati (24-16) goes for a three-game sweep at Marlins Park in the opening series of a nine-game road trip.
Leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo matched a career high with four hits, including two homers, and four Reds pitchers combined to hand Miami (11-29) its league-worst seventh shutout.
"This ballpark is big," said Choo, who has a team-leading nine home runs. "Some balls fly, some don't. I'm not thinking about hitting homers. I'm just swinging hard."
While Choo has two multihomer efforts in his last seven games, Miami has gone deep three times over its last eight while getting held to 12 runs.
Cincinnati is 5-1 in this season series and has won 13 of the last 15 regular-season starts made by Latos (4-0, 3.04 ERA). He's 8-0 in that span.
The right-hander allowed 14 runs through seven outings this year before yielding half that many Sunday, but Latos still won his fourth straight start. He went six innings in a 13-7 victory over Milwaukee, giving up two home runs after not surrendering one in his previous four outings.
"I didn't allow myself to have my best stuff," Latos said. "I was aggravated with myself. It was a poor performance."
The Reds have given their starters 190 runs of support - among the most in the majors - and they've provided Latos a team-high 33.
Latos may not need much help this time against an NL-worst Miami team that's last in the majors in runs (110), batting average (.224) and homers (22).
"We definitely have some guys that are struggling," said manager Mike Redmond , whose club has lost four in a row and seven of eight. "We need guys to step up. We know we're capable of more offense than this."
Although he's 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA in four career starts in Miami, Latos allowed one run and struck out 10 over seven innings before leaving without a decision in a 2-1 home loss to the Marlins on April 19.
Miami counters with right-hander Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.65), who goes after his third straight victory following a rough three-start stretch in which he went 0-2 with a 7.62 ERA.
The rookie has struck out 16 over his last two outings, yielding three runs in 13 innings.
"I keep learning every start," said Fernandez, who has two of the team's three wins this month.
Fernandez hopes to learn from his last outing against the Reds on April 18, when he surrendered five runs over four innings in an 11-1 road loss.
Choo and Zack Cozart each went 2 for 3 against Fernandez in that victory.
Joey Votto , 2 for 4 in Wednesday's win, is 12 for 19 with two homers and five RBIs over his last four games against Miami.
|April 27, 2013||Chris Heisey||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 27, 2013||Chris Heisey||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained hamstring|
|April 24, 2013||Manny Parra||15-Day DL||Strained left pectoral muscle|
|April 22, 2013||Jonathan Broxton||Day-to-Day||Bruised right hand|
|April 20, 2013||Zack Cozart||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right hand|
|April 20, 2013||Ryan Hanigan||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 08, 2013||Chris Valaika||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
|May 06, 2013||Donovan Solano||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal muscle|
|April 30, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 29, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right hamstring|
|April 28, 2013||Joe Mahoney||15-Day DL||Hamstring strain|
|April 17, 2013||Adeiny Hechavarria||15-Day DL||Bruised left elbow|
MIAMI (AP) -- On the verge of a second successive series sweep, the Cincinnati Reds encountered a ninth-inning blip.
First Mat Latos gave up a triple, ending his bid for a complete game. Then closer Aroldis Chapman gave up another triple, sending the game into extra innings.
But the Reds bounced back in the 10th, scoring three times to complete their second three-game sweep in a row by beating the Miami Marlins 5-3 Thursday night.
NL RBI leader Brandon Phillips homered in the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th.
"We wanted to win the game in nine," Phillips said. "We could have just put our heads down, but we went with the flow."
Latos and two relievers combined on a six-hitter. After Chapman (3-1) blew a save for the first time in nine chances, J.J. Hoover gave up a run in the 10th but earned his third save.
Pinch-hitter Donald Lutz led off the 10th with a single against Steve Cishek (1-4). Following a walk, a bunt and an intentional walk, Phillips lifted a flyball for his second RBI of the night and 36th of the season.
Jay Bruce followed with a two-run double and finished with three RBIs.
The Marlins trailed 2-1 when Adeiny Hechavarria tripled with one out in the ninth, ending Latos' night.
"I really wanted to finish it," Latos said. "But we got a W, and that's all that matters."
Chapman came on to strike out pinch-hitter Placido Polanco on a 100 mph fastball, but rookie Marcell Ozuna connected with a 98 mph fastball for an RBI triple.
Chapman then struck out pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano to send the game into extra innings.
"We thought we were out of it. Then they tied the game up," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You've got to come back and keep fighting. You have no choice."
Juan Pierre led off Miami's first with his first homer since June 23. Latos dominated after that, throwing only 91 pitches in 8 1-3 innings.
The right-hander's streak of wins in four consecutive starts ended even though he allowed just four hits and two runs.
"Latos was dealing," Baker said. "That's as pitch-efficient as I've seen anybody."
The young Marlins, who have the NL's worst record, lost their fifth consecutive game and were swept for the fourth time this year. They rank last in the majors in runs and totaled five in the series.
"I was trying to throw the ball right down the middle," Latos said. "It's a big ballpark, and I tried to let those guys get themselves out. A lot of them swing early and often."
Miami rookie Jose Fernandez allowed two runs in seven innings and threw a career-high 99 pitches. The Marlins have scored 23 runs in his eight starts.
The Reds swept a series in Miami for the first time since 2004. They've won a season-best six in a row to climb nine games above .500 for the first time.
Latos preserved a 2-1 lead when he pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh. Jeff Mathis , playing in his first game this year after coming off the disabled list, bounced into a 5-2-3 double play.
"I'm happy with the way we battled," manager Mike Redmond said. "We used almost all our guys, we bunted, we tried everything to score some runs and still we came up short."
The game was the finale this season between the two teams. Cincinnati went 6-1 against the Marlins, outscoring them 40-16.
The Marlins fell to 0-11 with the retractable roof open in their ballpark. They're 5-3 with the roof closed.
Pierre began the game with a slugging percentage of .278, but he needed only one swing in the first to put Miami ahead. He let out a whoop when his homer barely cleared the fence just inside the right field foul pole.
" Juan Pierre hit a home run off me - just my luck," Latos said. "I looked at him when he was running the bases and said, `What the heck happened?"'
Pierre also robbed the Reds of two extra-base hits in left field. He made a diving catch of Joey Votto 's drive to the warning track in the first, and made a diving, backhanded grab of Todd Frazier 's fly in the sixth.
Cincinnati made it 1-all in the fourth when Bruce's two-out single scored Votto, who had doubled. Phillips sent a 95-mph fastball over the fence with two out in the sixth to put the Reds up 2-1.
NOTES: Reds C Ryan Hanigan has thrown out five of eight runners attempting to steal, including Hechavarria in the fourth inning. ... Votto is hitting .391 on the road. ... The first pitch for the Reds' game on Sunday, June 9 against the St. Louis Cardinals has been changed to 8:05 p.m.