Mat Latos pitched like the guy the Reds gave up so much for in the offseason, and Brandon Phillips hit like a cleanup hitter.

The duo was the key to the Reds' 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians before a crowd of the 27,428 at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday night. The victory guarantees the Reds a series win, snapping a two-series losing streak.

Latos, pressed into starting because of Mike Leake's illness, responded with maybe his best effort as a Red. He went seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out seven.

"He threw the ball great all night long," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He was aggressive."

Latos threw 99 pitches, 69 of which were strikes.