Dodgers-Reds Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds combined for 19 runs

and 28 hits in their last game. Both teams may find it difficult to

come close to those numbers in their next contest.

A pair of pitchers looking to extend streaks face off when Chad

Billingsley and the Dodgers close a three-game series with Travis

Wood and the Reds on Sunday in Cincinnati.

After the Reds’ 2-1 win Friday, the Dodgers responded with an

11-8 victory in 11 innings Saturday. Matt Kemp homered twice with a

career-high six RBIs, and Jamey Carroll’s run-scoring single in the

11th started a four-run inning.

Kemp hit a solo homer in the seventh before his grand slam

capped a five-run eighth and made it 7-all. Kemp has 15 homers, two

behind Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce for the NL lead, and is hitting .318

with 46 RBIs.

“He’s kind of putting it all together,” Dodgers manager Don

Mattingly said. “Over the course of the season, we see what Matt’s

capable of. Though he’s had good seasons, we knew he was capable of

more.”

Seven Cincinnati relievers combined to give up nine runs and 10

hits over the last four innings.

”We didn’t do our job today as a whole,” said Logan Ondrusek,

who surrendered Kemp’s slam.

Joey Votto had two hits, including his eighth homer, and three

RBIs in the loss. The 2010 NL MVP leads the NL with a .341 batting

average.

The Dodgers are 27-10 against Cincinnati since the 2006 season.

Looking to add to that total and win his third straight start,

Billingsley (4-4, 3.46 ERA) will take the ball for Los Angeles.

The right-hander won at Houston on May 24 for his first victory

in nearly a month. Last Monday, he gave up a career-high 11 hits in

seven innings, but limited Colorado to one run as the Dodgers

cruised 7-1.

“Guys are swinging the bats well right now,” Billingsley

said.

The Dodgers (27-32) backed Billingsley with 12 runs in his last

two starts. He had gotten six while going 0-3 with a 2.91 ERA in a

five-game stretch April 27-May 19.

Billingsley, who was born about three hours north of Great

American Ball Park, is 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in four starts in that

stadium. It was in Cincinnati where he had his shortest outing last

season, a three-inning stint in which he was tagged for seven runs

and seven hits in the Dodgers’ 11-9 loss on April 20, 2010.

Votto is 7 for 16 against Billingsley.

Wood (4-3, 5.05) will make his first start of the month for the

Reds (30-29) after going unbeaten in May. In six starts, the

left-hander was 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA, helping Cincinnati to a 4-2

record.

Wood beat Milwaukee last Monday, yielding three runs and seven

hits in six innings of a 7-3 victory.

“I felt like my pitches were working pretty well. I would like

to have gone a little deeper into the game, but I’m glad that I was

able to hold them off,” said Wood, who has not made it through

seven innings since his 2011 debut.

This will be Wood’s first appearance against the Dodgers.