Fresh off snapping their nine-game losing streak with a win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night at Great American Ball Park in a makeup game, the Cincinnati Reds began a series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, losers in five straight.
Getting a second look at Reds rookie John Lamb this season, the Dodgers quickly took advantage of facing the left-hander they pushed around for five runs in six innings back on Aug. 14 at Dodger Stadium.
Jimmy Rollins led off Tuesday’s contest with a double down the third base line and scored on Yasiel Puig’s RBI double that nearly cleared the left field wall; Puig’s double extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Scott Van Slyke drew a two-out walk, but the Dodgers were unable to take advantage as two runners were stranded and their lead remained 1-0. Jason Bourgeois hit a leadoff single in bottom of the first and was quickly erased as Alex Wood induced Eugenio Suarez into a double play.
Joey Votto extended the inning by drawing a four-pitch walk and Wood went to a full count against Brandon Phillips before getting the Reds second baseman to ground out. Lamb walked A.J. Ellis to open the second inning and the catcher reached second base on Wood’s sacrifice bunt where he was eventually stranded.
In keeping with the trend of the lead off man reaching safely, Todd Frazier doubled with no outs in the bottom of the second. Ivan De Jesus Jr. drew a walk to put two on with one out, which was followed by Tucker Barnhart grounding into an inning-ending double play.
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