Trust your eyes. Trust your teammates.

That's the theme of the Cubs' attempt to draw more walks which has shown recent signs of improvement.

But Monday night Mat Latos never let the Cubs work deep counts as he never got to a three-ball count until Anthony Rizzo grounded out to end the eighth inning of the Cubs' 2-0 loss to the Reds.

"I told (bench coach) Jamie Quirk in the first inning this could be a long night because of the stuff (Latos) had a couple years ago in the first half of the season when he was up to 97 (mph) and throwing an 88-90 mph slider with that much depth" Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Left-hander Travis Wood pitched eight innings of four-hit ball but Brandon Phillips cranked an 0-2 pitch for a two-run homer in the seventh.

That made the difference as the Cubs were blanked in three straight gams at Wrigley Field for the first time since losing a doubleheader to the Red Sox (2-0 5-0) on Aug. 20 1924 before losing to the Brooklyn Dodgers (2-0) the following day. Their scoreless streak at home was extended to 32 innings.

The Cubs' best scoring opportunity came in the sixth when Junior Lake and Rizzo hit consecutive singles but center fielder Shin-Soo Choo made an accurate throw to nail Lake at third for the second out.

"You can't make a throw any better than that" Sveum said. "I've got no problem with that aggressiveness (by Lake)."