Mat Latos is admittedly in nowhere near midseason form. But when you throw seven innings of one-run ball, it's not really time to quibble about your stuff.

Latos did that to help the Reds wrap up their fourth straight series victory with a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs before a crowd of 28,207 on a cold, windy Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

Latos went seven innings and allowed the one run on five hits. He struck out five and walked none. It was his first win of the season, and it was good bounce-back game from his last outing.

Latos was thoroughly peeved at himself for only going 5 2/3 innings in the 14-9 loss to Toronto, in which the Reds blew an 8-0 lead.

"It was a lot better than that one," Latos said. "I took some pressure of the bullpen."

His manager, Bryan Price, just liked seeing his No. 2 starter back healthy.

"It was great to see Mat Latos have a great start," Price said. "It doesn't matter that we refreshed our bullpen. It was just good to have him out there and continue to throw good, quality pitches. It makes a big difference."

Latos' fastball topped out at 92 mph. He'll hit 97 at his best, but Latos is coming off surgery on his elbow and knee. This was only his third start of the year.

"I was able to go seven innings and give these guys a chance," Latos said. "Midseason form, I'm a ways off that. I'm healthy. That's the main key. I know what I need to do. My stuff is good enough that when it's on, I can help the ballclub out.