Reds 2, Dodgers 1
Scott Rolen takes pride in his ability to drive in runs, so this
streak was gnawing at him.
The All-Star third baseman can relax now. It’s over.
Rolen snapped a stretch of seven games without an RBI, coming up
with a two-run single with two out in the fifth inning to send
Bronson Arroyo and the Reds to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles
Dodgers on Friday night.
”I still like to measure how things are going by things like
average and runs batted in and runs scored,” said Rolen, who
hadn’t driven in a run since May 24 in Philadelphia. ”RBIs and
runs scored are big things for me, and it’s painful to go through a
drought like that.
”I haven’t done a postgame interview in a while,” he added
with a smile. ”I’m excited.”
Arroyo (4-5) allowed one run and five hits in six innings,
enough for his first win in seven starts since a 9-5 victory at
Milwaukee on April 25. The right-hander, still dealing with the
aftereffects of mononucleosis he contracted during spring training,
was 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in his previous three outings.
”May wasn’t too kind to me,” Arroyo said. ”It’s June.
Hopefully, I’ll get a few wins this month. Actually, I felt worse
stuff-wise tonight than I did the last couple of times. This game
is funny. Sometimes, you have to be lucky. I threw some balls down
the middle that they either popped up or hit into the ground.
Sometimes, you avoid the barrel of the bat. Sometimes, you
Logan Ondrusek and Nick Masset each got three outs before
Francisco Cordero turned in a perfect ninth to earn his 11th save
in 13 opportunities this season and No. 301 for his career,
snapping a tie with Bruce Sutter for 21st place on the saves
The Reds have won back-to-back games for the first time since a
five-game winning streak from May 13 through May 17. Manager Dusty
Baker hopes the win means Arroyo has turned a corner.
”A lot of times, when you stop a bad streak, you start a good
one,” Baker said. ”Hopefully, he’ll get on great streak like
we’ve seen him do.”
Hiroki Kuroda (5-6) allowed six hits and walked four in six
innings for the Dodgers, dropping to 3-1 with a 2.55 ERA in four
career starts against Cincinnati. The right-hander has lost his
last three starts overall.
The teams left a combined 15 runners on base, eight by the Reds.
The Dodgers have scored one run in their last two games after
producing a combined 15 in back-to-back wins over Colorado on
Monday and Tuesday.
Manager Don Mattingly believes his players got a little
”We got a little giddy, scoring all of those runs,” he said.
”We have to put guys in the best spots to score runs and protect
(Andre) Ethier and (Matt) Kemp.”
The Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth.
Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp singled and Jay Gibbons was hit by a
pitch before James Loney produced a sacrifice fly to give Los
Angeles the lead. Kemp was tagged out in a rundown off second on
Loney’s line drive, taking the steam out of what could have been a
big inning for L.A.
”His thinking was OK,” Mattingly said. ”He thought the ball
might go through, and he got a little bit too far into no-man’s
Arroyo was grateful for the break.
”I had a few innings that could have blown up in my face,” he
said. ”I’ll take a win any way I can get it.”
Cincinnati responded in the fifth. Drew Stubbs singled to center
with one out and Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, the reigning National
League player of the month, walked with two down. Rolen then lined
a base hit into center field.
”I got behind in the count,” Kuroda said. ”I got myself in
trouble. They have a lot of power, especially in this ballpark. I
guess I was too careful.”
NOTES: Dodger SS Rafael Furcal left after two innings with an
injury to his left side. He was hurt throwing out Bruce at third
base after Bruce was caught off second on a missed sacrifice
attempt. … Los Angeles rookie RHP Rubby De La Rosa will make what
would have been Jon Garland’s next start, Mattingly said. Garland,
experiencing shoulder problems, did not travel with the team to
Cincinnati. De La Rosa, the Dodgers’ 2010 minor league pitcher of
the year, is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three relief appearances since
making his major league debut Tuesday. … Reds 2B Brandon Phillips
did not start, as much to give him back-to-back days off as to give
his right wrist a chance to heal, Baker said. Phillips was hit by a