Utley homers to back Urias in Dodgers' 4-0 win over Reds

BY foxsports • August 21, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) Chase Utley homered on the fourth pitch of the game, 20-year-old Julio Urias won his third straight decision and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 to stop a three-game losing streak.

Utley connected against Anthony DeSclafani (7-2) for his third home run of the trip and 11th this season, then had an RBI single in the third and scored on Cory Seager's hit for a 3-0 lead. Utley homered twice Tuesday at Philadelphia, his former team.

Urias (4-2), who made his big league debut in late May, allowed six hits, struck out six and walked none, throwing 62 of 97 pitches for strikes. He didn't allow a runner past first base until the sixth inning despite giving up two hits in an inning three times. Urias picked off Jose Peraza at first and got Ivan De Jesus Jr. to ground into a double play.

Urias beat Philadelphia in his previous start on Aug. 8, then defeated Pittsburgh in relief five days later. Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen each followed with an inning of one-hit relief.

Los Angeles moved into a tie with San Francisco for the NL West lead. The Giants hosted the Mets on Sunday night.

Eugenio Suarez had three hits for the Reds, who had won their five previous games in their best spurt this season. Cincinnati was last in the NL Central for 98 consecutive days before climbing into fourth place on Saturday.

DeSclafani gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings.


Dodgers: OF Andre Ethier is running at about 75 percent and taking batting practice, manager Dave Roberts said. Ethier broke his right tibia during spring training.

Reds: SS Zack Cozart is wearing a boot on his left foot to help eliminate the soreness he's felt in his Achilles tendon, a product of overcompensating for the June 2015 season-ending surgery on his right knee.


LHP Scott Kazmir (10-6), Los Angeles's scheduled starter for Monday's series finale, struck out a season-high 12 in a' 3-1 win over the visiting Reds on May 25. RHP Homer Bailey (2-1) is scheduled to make his fifth start since returning from the disabled list after completing his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He is 4-3 with a 3.84 ERA in nine starts against the Dodgers.