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The Associated Press

After stumbling in the opener of their three-game weekend series, the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds got back to their winning ways while posting their highest run total of the year.

They could be in for another big day at the plate against the Colorado Rockies' Jamie Moyer in Sunday's series finale at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati (26-20), which entered the weekend riding a season-best six-game winning streak, saw its run come to an end Friday in a 6-3 loss to Colorado (17-28). The losing didn't last long, as Chris Heisey, Ryan Ludwick and Devin Mesoraco all homered Saturday night as the Reds cruised to a 10-3 victory.

"(Colorado) can hit," said Reds manager Dusty Baker, whose club improved to 20-5 when hitting at least one home run. "You've got to outscore them, and that's what we did. It was nice to see some balls leaving the ballpark."

Cincinnati appears to have another favorable matchup against the 49-year-old Moyer (2-4, 4.99 ERA), who's compiled an ugly 7.56 ERA over his last five outings.

The left-hander surrendered a season-high six earned runs, nine hits and four walks in 3 2-3 innings of Monday's 7-4 loss at Miami.

"I kind of backed myself into a corner - walks, a lot of pitches, deep in the count," Moyer said. "It's not the way to be an efficient pitcher. Ultimately, I got what I deserved."

Moyer is 3-4 with a 5.24 ERA in 10 career appearances - nine starts - against Cincinnati. He hasn't faced the Reds since 2009.

He will need to be wary of Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who is 13 for 27 (.481) with three homers and six doubles in his last seven games against the Rockies, getting at least one hit in each. Votto is also batting .515 with three home runs and six doubles in his last 10 home games.

The Reds have to like their chances of concluding their seven-game homestand on a positive note with Mat Latos (3-2, 4.35) on the hill.

Since going 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA over his first three starts, Latos has picked up the pace, posting a 3-0 record and 2.72 ERA in his last six starts. The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits and struck out eight over seven innings of Tuesday's 4-3 win over Atlanta, matching his longest effort of the year.

"It's about time," Latos told the Reds' official website. "I felt real good, body-wise, mechanics-wise, pitches."

"I've thrown a lot of pitches just to get through five innings. Dusty stretched me out a little more than 100 pitches. I was ready to go. I was tired of going five innings or so. It was good to go seven for once."

Latos went 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts against the Rockies while with San Diego last season.

Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is batting .400 with two homers and eight RBIs in his last five games, but is 1 for 13 lifetime against Latos.

Losers of 16 of 21, the Rockies rank last in the NL with a 5.10 ERA.

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