Facing a struggling Tony Cingrani, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to jump on the Cincinnati Reds’ starter early as Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig hit back-to-back singles. Coming off a hot series against the Colorado Rockies, Matt Kemp was unable to continue his success and grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Cingrani wasn’t as fortunate in the second inning as Scott Van Slyke crushed a leadoff home run to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Brayan Pena and Zack Cozart reached on consecutive singles with two outs in the bottom of the second and then watched Dan Haren throw two wild pitches, which allowed Pena to score and tie the game.
Both teams were unable to generate any offense in the third inning before Kemp got the Dodgers going in the fourth with a leadoff double. Kemp took third on a wild pitch and Cingrani then walked Van Slyke to put runners on the corners. Justin Turner hit a blooper just out of Donald Lutz’s reach that scored Kemp and allowed Van Slyke to advance to third base.
Tim Federowicz hit a sacrifice fly that scored Van Slyke and gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead going to the bottom of the fourth. Haren’s trouble with allowing home runs struck again as Ryan Ludwick hit a solo shot to get the Reds back within one run.
Following two walks in the fifth inning, Van Slyke landed a knockout punch on Cingrani by hitting a three-run homer. Logan Ondrusek relieved Cingrani and ended the top of the fifth by striking out Turner.
Haren retired the Reds in order in the fifth and the Dodgers squandered an opportunity to add to their lead in the sixth as Federowicz, who doubled, and Chone Figgins, who walked, were left stranded by Hanley Ramirez. Haren issued a walk and allowed a single, which spelled the end of his night as J.P. Howell came on in relief.
The Dodger left-hander got out of the jam by getting Pena to hit into a double play. The Reds put two runners on with one again in the seventh, but Howell erased the threat by getting Billy Hamilton to hit into his first career double play.
After the Dodgers went quietly in the eighth, the Reds loaded the bases with no outs on Brandon League in the bottom half of the inning. League first got Ludwick to hit back to the box, which resulted in a double play and he then got Pena to ground out to end the inning.
Kenley Jansen took the mound in the ninth for his first work since June 2 and retired the Reds to secure the 6-2 win for the Dodgers.
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