The Los Angeles Dodgers arrived in Cincinnati mired in a five-game losing streak that largely hinged on offensive futility. While runs were coming at a premium for the Dodgers, Yasiel Puig managed to find some individual success as he appears to grow more comfortable with his new batting stance.
Puig entered play Tuesday with a seven-game hitting streak, batting .360/.407/.480 over that stretch; he did miss two games with a mild right hamstring strain. The Dodgers didn’t take long to break out of their slump as they took advantage of facing Cincinnati Reds rookie starter John Lamb.
Los Angeles put together a four-run fifth inning when they saw Lamb at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 14. Jimmy Rollis opened Tuesday’s game with a double down the left field line and it was followed by a Puig RBI double that nearly cleared the left field wall.
Puig’s extra-base hit gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead before seats could get warm and extended his hitting streak to eight games. It was the Cuban native’s lone hit of the night and the only time he reached base.
The Dodgers scored twice in the third inning and added two more runs in the sixth en route to snapping their five-game losing streak.