Some other time Bryan Price may have found himself getting ready to go to the mound after Mat Latos gave up back-to-back doubles including one to the pitcher. On Monday the Reds pitching coach stood firmly in the dugout as he watch Latos minimize the damage and get out of the third inning against the Cardinals having allowed only two runs despite the two doubles to start the inning.

After Matt Carpenter’s double scored Adam Wainwright to score the Cardinals’ first run of the game Latos retired 21 of the final 22 St. Louis hitters of the game earning his first complete game of the season and 14th win as the Reds beat the Cardinals 7-2 in front of 32951 at Great American Ball Park in the first game of a pivotal four-game series.

“He did a great job there that would be a good example of those times where he could be frustrated that the rally started with the pitcher getting a hit or something of that nature” Price said after the game. “It’s not uncommon to see this kind of behavior from young guys that have a high expectation. I don’t even see that as failure it’s all perception. He gave up a couple of runs you’re going to give up runs. How you manage that frustration ends up leading to your successes or failures as a starting pitcher.”

The way Latos who recorded his fourth victory over the Cardinals this season has handled sticky situations over the year has proven Walt Jocketty’s gamble to trade four players to San Diego in exchange for the big right-hander in December of 2011 to be a wise move.

The two-run third was the only inning in the game that the Cardinals owners of the National League’s best offense managed to get multiple runners on base and it was the only inning that a St. Louis player managed to get to second base safely.

The Reds held a 4-0 lead in the third before those two runs but Latos managed to keep the big inning away as his teammates got to Wainwright once again.