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Cubs no match for Reds' Latos

CHICAGO -- The consensus in the Chicago Cubs locker room after Monday's 2-0 loss was that Cincinnati Reds starter Mat Latos was at his best from the get-go.

“I told (bench coach) Jamie (Quirk) in the first inning, ‘This could be a long night,’” manager Dale Sveum said. “That was the stuff he had a couple years ago in the first half of the season when he’s up to 97 mph and an 88-90 mph slider that had that much depth.”

Latos didn’t walk anyone while striking out nine over eight innings. No one was touching him on this night.

It was the third straight home game the Cubs were shutout. The last two were against the Los Angeles Dodgers before the Cubs' most recent road trip.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau the Cubs hadn’t been shut out at home in three consecutive games since 1924. And it’s just the fourth time it’s happened in franchise history.

“It’s funny, we were scoring in bigger parks and stuff on the road and can’t seem to muster up anything at home,” Sveum said.