After taking the first game of the series yesterday, the Los Angeles Dodgers had to wait over two hours to go for another win after rain delayed the start. Josh Beckett took the mound in his first road start since his no-hitter in Philadelphia.
Mike Leake got the start for the Cincinnati Reds and set down the Dodgers in order in the first inning. Beckett did the same in the bottom half, ending with a strikeout of Joey Votto. Adrian Gonzalez led off the second with a double and came around to score on another double by Andre Ethier. Then, Beckett struck out two in another perfect inning and the Dodgers led 1-0.
For the Dodgers, they were again set down in order in the third before Beckett threw his third scoreless inning. Yasiel Puig led off the fourth with a double, but was left stranded. The Reds got a leadoff single in the bottom half and Todd Frazier stole second; however, they didn’t score after Jay Bruce struck out.
Justin Turner and Josh Beckett singled in the fifth and Dee Gordon brought Turner in with a double to push the lead to 2-0. Hanley Ramirez quickly followed with a two-run single to make it 4-0. Beckett worked around a hit-by-pitch to keep the Reds off the board. In the sixth, Matt Kemp walked and Ethier reached on an infield single after a review showed he was safe. Turner then hit an RBI single to make it 5-0.
Beckett threw another scoreless inning in the sixth, working around a walk to Joey Votto. Puig singled to in the seventh and stole second before scoring on Gonzalez’s double. Paul Maholm took the mound for the seventh and immediately gave up a double and two singles to make it 6-1. Chris Perez took over and struck out Chris Heisey. Billy Hamilton followed with a single, but the runner stayed at third. Perez then got Frazier to ground out to Hanley to end the inning.
Drew Butera started the eighth inning with a single. A pair of fly outs put Ramirez at the plate with two outs. He walked and Puig followed with a grounder to end the inning. Brian Wilson took the mound for the eighth. Votto singled to lead off and was eliminated on a double play ball by Brandon Phillips. Bruce walked and Devin Mesoraco singled to put two runners on for former Dodger Skip Schumaker. He struck out to end the inning for the Reds.
The Dodgers went down quietly in the top of the ninth. Jamey Wright took over for Wilson to close things out. He got two grounders to Gonzalez for the first two outs of the inning. Hamilton singled before Frazier grounded out to Rojas to end the game and give the Dodgers a 6-1 victory.
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