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Cincinnati Reds extend winning streak to 10 games | Baseball
By The Associated Press
DENVER — Mat Latos felt the weight of the Cincinnati Reds' winning streak when he took the mound.
After getting roughed up by the first two batters he faced Sunday, the big right-hander settled down and kept Cincinnati rolling.
Latos pitched eight strong innings and Drew Stubbs homered to lift Cincinnati over the Colorado Rockies 7-2 and give the Reds their 10th straight victory — their longest streak since 1998. The franchise record is 12, most recently accomplished in 1957.
"A lot of pressure coming into the game knowing we won nine in a row, but I just attacked them," Latos said.
Cincinnati (61-40) opened a three-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central, its biggest edge since mid-June. The Reds have won nine in a row on the road, including six on this completed trip.
"I'm always talking a perfect road trip and we finally had one," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Morse excels for Nationals
MILWAUKEE — Ex-Mariner Michael Morse belted a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning and delivered a two-run double in the 11th that sent the Washington Nationals to an 11-10 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
• Zack Greinke, obtained Friday from Milwaukee, was outpitched by Jeremy Hellickson in his Los Angeles Angels' debut, losing to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays 2-0.
• Houston traded third baseman Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for two minor-leaguers — infielder Bobby Borchering and outfielder Marc Krauss.
• All-Star closer Huston Street, 28, and San Diego agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract for 2013-14.
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