Dodgers rout Reds 8-2, send Cincy to 9th straight loss
LOS ANGELES (AP) Joc Pederson doubled in the tying run and then scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the fourth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-2 victory over Cincinnati on Tuesday night, extending the Reds' season-high skid to nine straight.
The Dodgers' eight-game winning streak against the Reds is their longest active run against any opponent and their most since beating the Reds nine straight times in 2008-09.
Mike Bolsinger (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings of a spot start, having been brought back from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday in place of injured Chin-hui Tsao, who went on the 15-day disabled list. Bolsinger struck out six and walked one.
Daniel Wright (0-1) made his major league debut, giving up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked one after coming up from Triple A-Louisville to start in place of Tim Adleman, who strained his left oblique against Cleveland last week. He gave up three straight singles to open the game.
The Reds have been outscored 69-25 during their losing streak. They have managed just five hits in the series' first two games, having gotten two in a 1-0 loss on Monday. They committed three errors, giving them six so far in the series, including three by catcher Austin Barnhart.
Joey Votto went 1 for 4 with a strikeout for the Reds.
Trayce Thompson singled leading off the fourth and scored on Pederson's double to tie the game 2-all. Pederson stole third base and scored on Barnhart's throwing error after the ball sailed into left field.
The Dodgers added two runs in the sixth, the first coming on Yasiel Puig's RBI single off the wall in right field against Dayan Diaz. Pinch-hitter Howie Kendrick was safe at first base on an error by Votto and Puig came sliding home on his belly, getting his left hand around the bat that was blocking the plate and barely touching safe ahead of Barnhart's tag.
Adam Duvall's two-run homer with two outs in the fourth barely cleared Pederson's outstretched glove at the wall in center field, giving the Reds a 2-1 lead.
Justin Turner had a two-run single in the ninth after Reds reliever A.J. Morris gave up three consecutive two-out walks in his major league debut. Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI single. The Reds have used 24 pitchers this season; the club record is 30.
Bolsinger made his season debut and took the loss last week in Anaheim, allowing three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings after being reinstated from the DL. He was sent back down after the game.
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager got hit on his right knee by a pitch from Caleb Cotham leading off the seventh, but stayed in the game and scored a run in the eighth.
Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will throw four innings or 60-65 pitches in his second rehab start Wednesday, this time for Triple-A Oklahoma City in Fresno. … LF Scott Van Slyke (low back irritation) was set to play nine innings at first base Tuesday in another rehab start for Oklahoma City.
SHUTTING `EM OUT
With Clayton Kershaw's major league-leading third shutout on Monday, he became the first major leaguer to toss three shutouts in his first 10 games since David Cone had three in his first nine starts for Kansas City in 1994. The last Dodgers pitcher to accomplish the feat was Pedro Astasio, who recorded four shutouts in his first 10 major league starts from July-September 1992. The Dodgers' six shutouts this season are second in the majors behind Philadelphia's seven.
Reds: RHP Dan Straily (2-1, 2.85 ERA) makes his eighth start of the season and the first of his career against the Dodgers.
Dodgers: LHP Scott Kazmir (3-3, 5.23) gave up a career-high seven walks to San Diego in his previous start. His only other start against the Reds came in 2013 as a member of the Indians.