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Baker thought about taking Latos out before he faced Posey.
"He was dealing, but yeah, there was consideration," Baker said. "We discussed it, and he just made a couple of bad pitches and he still had plenty left in the tank. He still had two strikes on Posey. He just happened to throw one right down the middle."
Outfielder Ryan Ludwick, who played with Latos in San Diego, hit a solo home run and an RBI single in the ninth. He didn't mind seeing Latos on the mound to start the critical game.
"He's a horse," Ludwick said. "He's a gamer. He's full of intensity, and he's going to be around this league a long time. He's got good stuff, and he's a competitor."
Brandon Phillips hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, and Ludwick led off the sixth with his second homer in two games and third of the series.
Cincinnati had runners at first and second with one out in the ninth, but Jay Bruce flied out to left field on a 12-pitch at-bat that included 10 foul balls. Scott Rolen struck out against Sergio Romo, ending Cincinnati's season.
The Reds left 11 runners on base, lifting their total to 28 in their three home games as they went 3 for 24 (.125) with one extra-base hit while batting with men in scoring position.
"We battled, but battling wasn't enough," Ludwick said. "The guys on the other side are human beings, too, and you've got to give them credit. We hadn't lost three games in a row at home all year. They made good pitches with runners on base and kept us away from the big hit. This team lived and died all year with the big hit."
Cincinnati lost three straight home games for the first time this season to complete an unprecedented playoff collapse, becoming the first team to lose an NLDS after winning the first two games. Since the NL added division series in 1995, the previous 21 teams to take 2-0 leads went on to win the series.
Cincinnati hasn't won a playoff series since beating Los Angeles in the 1995 division series. The Reds were swept by Atlanta in that year's championship series and by Philadelphia in a 2010 NLDS. They've lost six straight post-season home games, including all four at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003.
"You've got to work a little harder this winter and this is going to take a while to heal," Baker said. "Sometimes, you get tired of the disappointments, but then you get over it. It hurts, big time. I'm a strong man, and usually I get over hurts and it makes me stronger when I come back."
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