Mat Latos' second start as a Red was better than the first. The problem is it was only one out longer.

The Reds ended up losing 3-2 to the Washington Nationals in 10 innings before a sellout crowd of 40,907 in the home opener at Nationals Park. The game ended when Alfredo Simon, the last pitcher on the roster, threw a wild pitch.

"We were in a tough spot," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We didn't have (Logan) Ondrusek because he's gone four out of five. We didn't have (Aroldis) Chapman because he went two innings (Wednesday). We were down to Billy Bray and (Sean) Marshall."

Latos pitched five innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out one. He needed 99 pitches to get through five. The Reds – because of the tired bullpen – were hoping for six or seven innings.

"He had a couple of high-pitch innings," Baker said. "He was nearly at 100 pitches when we took him out. We were hoping to get six or seven. Then we could piece it together. When you exit after five and we're already short … it came back to bite us."

Latos was pleased with his performance overall. He credited the Nationals.