Heavy rain swept through Great American Ballpark just under an hour before the scheduled time for first pitch of Wednesday’s game. While the Los Angeles Dodgers were fortunate enough to avoid another rain delay, they weren’t so lucky with the injury bug.
Hanley Ramirez was a late scratch from the lineup with irritation in the AC joint of his right shoulder and starting in his place was Miguel Rojas. Johnny Cueto retired the Dodgers in order in the first and Hyun-Jin Ryu matched him in the bottom half of the inning.
The Dodgers got nothing off Cueto again in the second inning and lost Matt Kemp to an ejection after arguing over a called strike three. Scott Van Slyke took over for Kemp in left field and the Reds threatened with back-to-back singles. Following a Ryan Ludwick pop out, Brayan Pena hit a blooper into right field that Dee Gordon made a sliding over-the-shoulder catch and resulted in a double play that ended the second inning.
Ryu walked two batters in the third inning and it cost him as Joey Votto doubled to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. Brandon Phillips followed with an RBI single and the Reds carried a 3-0 lead to the fourth inning.
Gordon hit a leadoff single in the fourth, which broke up Cueto’s perfect game, but he was picked off of first base and Cueto struck out Chone Figgins and Yasiel Puig to end the top of the inning. Ryu allowed a single in the bottom of the fourth, but otherwise struck out the side and the Dodgers continued to trail by three runs.
Cueto struck out the side in the fifth to run his strikeout total to 10 through five innings. The Dodgers had an opportunity in the sixth inning after Rojas and Drew Butera hit consecutive singles with no outs. Ryu struck out looking after two failed attempts to lay down a sac-bunt, and neither Gordon nor Figgins were able to get the Dodgers on the board.
As the Dodgers offense scuttled, Jay Bruce extended the Reds’ lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. Logan Ondrusek relieved Cueto in the seventh and allowed a double to Adrian Gonzalez, which he followed with a walk of Van Slyke.
Manny Parra took over for Ondrusek to face Andre Ethier, who singled to load the bases. It was then Jonathan Broxton’s turn to come out of the bullpen. Ramirez pinch-hit against the former Dodger closer and hit into an inning-ending double play.
Paul Maholm pitched the bottom of the seventh and allowed a leadoff single that turned into a Reds run. Maholm then walked two batters to load the bases, but he got out of trouble by striking out Bruce. Justin Turner drew a walk in the eighth, but that would be all for the Dodgers as they remained scoreless.
Aroldis Chapman took the mound in the ninth and shut the door on the Dodgers to give the Reds a 5-0 win and their first of the series.
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