The Reds and Padres each go for a third straight win Friday night when they open a three-game series in Cincinnati.
Needing a sweep to return to .500 for the first time since they were 44-44 on July 6, the Reds (57-61) salvaged a split of a four-game series with Colorado with Thursday’s 2-1 victory.
Winner of six of eight, San Diego (53-66) also looks to build momentum following a four-game split with New York.
“We’re doing awesome,” Heath Bell(notes) said after earning his 32nd save Thursday in a 3-2 win over the Mets that improved San Diego to 5-2 on its 10-game trip. “The bullpen, if we hadn’t made mistakes on Monday and Tuesday (allowing eight runs in 3 1-3 innings) we wouldn’t have lost on this road trip yet.”
After San Diego scored 14 runs in his previous six starts - the right-hander went 0-3 with a 3.26 ERA during that stretch - Latos allowed two runs over seven innings in Sunday’s 7-3 win at Pittsburgh.
It was his first victory in seven outings.
“Everything was good,” Latos, who retired 14 of the first 16 batters he faced, told the Padres’ official website. “… We just went right after hitters.”
Making his season debut following a stint on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder, Latos gave up three runs over six innings in a 3-2 home loss to Cincinnati on April 11.
Latos is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts against the Reds. In his third career outing, he allowed one hit—a solo homer—in seven innings of a 7-1 victory at Cincinnati on July 29, 2009.
The Reds continue their seven-game homestand with Bronson Arroyo(notes) (7-9, 5.48) on the hill. The veteran right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.50 ERA in his last seven starts, and he allowed four runs and five hits while walking three over six innings in Sunday’s 8-7 win at Chicago.
Arroyo is 4-7 with a 4.83 ERA in 12 starts against the Padres, losing his last three decisions while posting a 6.75 ERA.
Hudson went 5 for 13 in a three-game series against the Reds from April 11-13, including a walkoff RBI single in a 3-2 victory that prevented the Padres from getting swept.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips(notes) could miss his third consecutive game after getting hit by a pitch on the left elbow Tuesday. The All-Star would not take a cortisone shot before Thursday’s game.
“If they have to stick me to play, it’s just more reason I shouldn’t be playing,” Phillips said.