The Los Angeles Dodgers began their series with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Bud Norris took the mound for the Boys in Blue, making his first start since leaving the game on July 31st with back soreness after recording only one out during his start.

Norris had a tough night. He struggled to keep his pitches down in the zone, resulting in him giving up 6 runs on 7 hits in only 3.2 innings pitched. The Dodgers ended up falling to the Reds in the first game of the series by a score of 9-2.

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The Reds got on the board early after Joey Votto stepped up to the plate with two runners on base and crushed his 20th HR of the year in the first inning, putting the Reds up 3-0.

Norris managed to keep Cincinnati from scoring again until the bottom of the fourth. After pitching around Red’s catcher, Tucker Barnhart, the Red’s starting pitcher, Tim Adleman, recorded the first hit of his career along with his first two RBIs as he put the Reds up 5-0.

With the bases loaded and two down, Norris walked Joey Votto, putting the Reds up 6-0, before Jesse Chavez came in for relief and got out of the jam.

The Dodgers looked as if they were going to get a rally going in the top of the fifth after Utley and Seager hit back to back singles to get things started. Seager extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Then, Turner just missed hitting 24th HR of the season after smashing a ball to the warning track, just to be caught by the Red’s centerfielder. Reddick followed JT with a fly out to left field, and then A-Gon with a strike out, stranding both Utley and Seager.

JP Howell came in for relief in the bottom of the 6th and managed to stop the Reds from scoring.

Rob Segedin led off the top of the 7th inning with a walk. Utley and Seager followed with back to back base hits to put the first run on the board for the Dodgers. But, the Dodgers failed to put any more runs on the board.

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Pedro Baez came in for relief in the bottom of the 7th and gave up a 3-run HR to the Red’s relief pitcher, Michael Lorenzen, as Cincinnati went up 9-1.

The Dodgers pushed one more run across the board in the top of the 9th on a AJ Ellis chopper to second base. But, the Dodgers failed to score any more runs and lost with a final score of 9-2.

Hopefully, the Dodger’s bats will come alive for the rest of their series against the Reds as the Boys in Blue will be heading back to LA to face the Giants in a three game series beginning on Tuesday.

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