Dodgers 11, Reds 8(11)
Up 7-2 after seven innings, the Reds seemed to be in good shape.
All they had to do was get six outs from their busy bullpen.
Couldn’t do it.
Matt Kemp hit a tying grand slam in the eighth inning for his
second homer of the game, and the Los Angeles Dodgers scored four
times in the 11th for an 11-8 victory Saturday that left Cincinnati
”That’s tough to take,” manager Dusty Baker said. ”That just
goes to show how things can change on you in a minute.”
Or, in this case, in one inning.
Johnny Cueto was in line to get his first career win over the
Dodgers when the bullpen got involved. Cincinnati’s bullpen leads
the National League in innings. Three relievers let that big lead
get away in the seventh, with Kemp tying it on his sixth career
grand slam off Logan Ondrusek.
”We didn’t do our job today as a whole,” Ondrusek said. ”I
made a bad pitch. It was supposed to be a fastball in and it stayed
in the middle.”
The Dodgers then got their biggest comeback win of the season
and improved to 5-0 in extra innings.
Jamey Carroll’s fourth hit started a four-run rally off Carlos
Fisher (0-3). Aaron Miles also singled home a run, and Fisher’s
throwing error helped the Dodgers pull away. Kemp finished it with
a run-scoring forceout for his career-high sixth RBI.
”A couple of their hits weren’t hard,” Fisher said. ”They
just put the ball in play. It was just a bad day all around for
Kemp said the 91-degree heat and humidity made for a tough
”It was real hard, but I made it through it,” Kemp said,
cracking open a bottle of water in front of his locker. ”It was
definitely a big game for me.”
And for the depleted Dodgers, who sent two more players to the
disabled list but managed to pull one out anyway. Rookie Javy
Guerra (1-0) pitched out of a threat in the 10th for his first big
The Reds scored a run in the 11th before Ramon Troncoso got
Brandon Phillips to fly out with two runners aboard. The Dodgers
improved to 27-10 against the Reds since 2006.
The Reds took advantage of Clayton Kershaw’s fade on a steamy
afternoon, pulling ahead 7-2 after seven innings. Joey Votto’s
three-run homer off the left-hander put right-hander Johnny Cueto
in line for his first career win in four games against the
Kershaw was coming off his second career shutout and handled the
Reds with ease through the first five innings, fanning nine on a
nasty afternoon. Votto’s eighth homer in the sixth finally got the
”I threw a slider that he hit for a three-run homer,” Kershaw
said. ”I can’t throw that pitch right there. I’ve got to get it
Cincinnati pulled away after Kershaw left in the seventh.
Pinch-hitter Chris Heisey doubled home a pair of runs off Mike
MacDougal and scored on Drew Stubbs’ double for a 7-2 lead. Six of
the runs were charged to Kershaw, the most he’s allowed this
The Dodgers put two more players on the disabled list before the
game, adding to their devastating run of injuries.
Shortstop Rafael Furcal strained muscles in his left side during
the Reds’ 2-1 win on Friday night, sidelining him for the second
time this season. Furcal broke his left thumb in April. Starter Jon
Garland also went on the DL with a sore pitching shoulder.
That makes 13 Dodgers sidelined by injury so far, including five
relievers and three-fourths of their infield at various points.
NOTES: The crowd of 40,324 represented the Reds’ fifth sellout
this season. … The Dodgers called up INF Ivan De Jesus and RHP
John Ely to fill the roster spots. … The Reds expect to call up
RHP Edinson Volquez next week. He was sent down on May 23 to fix
his control problems. … Votto’s homer was his second in June. He
hit one in May. … 2B Phillips returned after sitting out one game
with a sore wrist. He made a barehanded grab-and-throw on Miles’
grounder to get an out in the sixth. … Phillips’ RBI single in
the sixth snapped an 0-for-13 slump. … The Reds are 4-3 in extra