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Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

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The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Friday with just a 2.5-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. With the back-of-the-rotation set to pitch Friday and Saturday, the Dodgers aimed to get back on track against the Cincinnati Reds.

The first inning of Alex Wood’s debut at Dodger Stadium now as a member of the Dodgers wasn’t smooth sailing. Eugenio Suarez drew a one-out walk and scored on Joey Votto’s RBI double to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.

Jimmy Rollins, who has seen an uptick in production since the All-Star break, led off the bottom of the first with a double down the left field line. Kiké Hernandez followed with a single to left field and avoided being run down to give the Dodgers runners on the corners with no outs.

Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly tied the game at 1-1 before rookie John Lamb could put his first Major-League inning in the books. Wood again issued a one-out walk, this time in the second inning to put Brayan Pena on base. Nothing came of it however, as Lamb struck out swinging and Billy Hamilton lined out.

Yasiel Puig was stranded in the bottom of the second after knocking a one-out base hit as Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson both went down swinging. Wood continued to have a difficult time settling in, which translated to consecutive singles from Brandon Phillips and Suarez with no outs in the third inning.

Phillips’ was a shot that lined off Wood’s leg, though he showed no ill-effects after throwing two warmup tosses. Following a Votto strikeout, Todd Frazier grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Lamb walked Wood on four pitches to open the bottom of the third and later worked around a Turner two-out single to escape the inning with the game still tied at 1-1.

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