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CHC@CHC: Latos fans 10 Cubs over seven-plus frames

The Reds will visit Camden Yards on Tuesday for only the second time in franchise history for the start of a three-game series.

Cincinnati starter Mat Latos pitched better in his last start against the Cubs than the numbers indicated. He allowed back-to-back home runs in the second inning, but he bounced back to last into the eighth inning. Latos was credited with the win after allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out 10.

"The [third] inning, I made sure I worked on getting a feel of where my release point should be and getting the ball out in front. I think it helped out," Latos said. "I threw my offspeed pitches for strikes better and threw my put-away pitches also."

In his last five starts prior to that one, Latos was 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA.

Bud Norris is slated to open the home series for the Orioles. The right-hander had a solid string of starts until his last two, in which he allowed eight combined runs over eight innings to raise his ERA to 4.00 this season.

"You're just really trying to get comfortable," Norris said after allowing four runs in six innings against the Rays on Thursday. "You're still out there just trying to find your fastball location and sliders and changeups."

Baltimore dropped the finale of a four-game set with the Twins, 6-4, on Monday, so its lead on American League East became 8 1/2 games on the Yankees, who were idle.

Orioles: Hardy aggravates back
J.J. Hardy left before the eighth inning of the O's loss to Minnesota on Monday with lower back spasms -- the same injury that kept him out for five games in April.

The shortstop is considered day to day, and while he's out, utility infielder Ryan Flaherty can fill in at shortstop as he's done in Hardy's absence this season.

Hardy, however, still isn't ruling out a chance to play on Tuesday.

"I sure hope I'll be in there [Tuesday]," Hardy said. "I think getting out of there today was probably the right decision. It didn't lock up. It just spasmed a couple times."

Reds: Broxton traded to Brewers
Cincinnati dealt Jonathan Broxton to Milwaukee on Sunday in exchange for two players to be named later.

Broxton served as the Reds' setup man and is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA in 51 appearances this year, but he has struggled recently. In his past seven games, he has allowed five runs, 11 hits and walked four in 6 2/3 innings.

The move gives the Reds some added payroll flexibility. Broxton was owed $9 million for the 2015 season and carried a $9 million club option for '16 with a $1 million buyout.

Worth noting
• Latos will make his first career start against the Orioles. Nelson Cruz is 2-4 with an RBI in his career against the Reds righty.

• Billy Hamilton stole his 54th base on Sunday, tying a Reds rookie record set by Bob Bescher in 1909. Comments