LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson doubled in the tying run and then scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the fourth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-2 victory over Cincinnati on Tuesday night, extending the Reds’ season-high skid to nine straight.
The Dodgers’ eight-game winning streak against the Reds is their longest active run against any opponent and their most since beating the Reds nine straight times in 2008-09.
Mike Bolsinger (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings of a spot start, having been brought back from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday in place of injured Chin-hui Tsao, who went on the 15-day disabled list. Bolsinger struck out six and walked one.
Daniel Wright (0-1) made his major league debut, giving up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked one after coming up from Triple A-Louisville to start in place of Tim Adleman, who strained his left oblique against Cleveland last week. He gave up three straight singles to open the game.
The Reds have been outscored 69-25 during their losing streak. They have managed just five hits in the series’ first two games, having gotten two in a 1-0 loss on Monday. They committed three errors, giving them six so far in the series, including three by catcher Austin Barnhart.
Joey Votto went 1 for 4 with a strikeout for the Reds.
Trayce Thompson singled leading off the fourth and scored on Pederson’s double to tie the game 2-all. Pederson stole third base and scored on Barnhart’s throwing error after the ball sailed into left field.
The Dodgers added two runs in the sixth, the first coming on Yasiel Puig’s RBI single off the wall in right field against Dayan Diaz. Pinch-hitter Howie Kendrick was safe at first base on an error by Votto and Puig came sliding home on his belly, getting his left hand around the bat that was blocking the plate and barely touching safe ahead of Barnhart’s tag.
Adam Duvall’s two-run homer with two outs in the fourth barely cleared Pederson’s outstretched glove at the wall in center field, giving the Reds a 2-1 lead.
Justin Turner had a two-run single in the ninth after Reds reliever A.J. Morris gave up three consecutive two-out walks in his major league debut. Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI single. The Reds have used 24 pitchers this season; the club record is 30.
Bolsinger made his season debut and took the loss last week in Anaheim, allowing three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings after being reinstated from the DL. He was sent back down after the game.
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager got hit on his right knee by a pitch from Caleb Cotham leading off the seventh, but stayed in the game and scored a run in the eighth.
Dodgers 1, Reds 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw bailed out the Los Angeles Dodgers’ exhausted bullpen with his third shutout of the season, and he was quick about it, too.
The left-hander allowed two hits and struck out seven on 102 pitches in a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. Kershaw retired his final 17 batters after issuing just his fifth walk of the season to Joey Votto leading off the fourth inning.
“I’ve seen about enough of Kershaw for the past seven or eight years,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Kershaw (7-1) had his franchise-record streak of six starts in a row with at least 10 strikeouts end, but the fans were appreciative, chanting “MVP! MVP!” in the ninth.
“I wasn’t as good as I had been in the past,” he said. “Early in the game, I was falling behind. When you fall behind you’re not going to get the strikeouts. As the game went on I got a little bit better with the fastball command and started throwing it for strikes.”
The Dodgers won back-to-back games for the first time since taking three in a row May 12-14. They needed just 2 hours, 11 minutes, to beat the Reds after outlasting San Diego in 5:47 on Sunday.
The Dodgers beat Cincinnati for the seventh straight time, their longest active streak against any opponent.
“We’re building our team and we’re going to get some guys back from the DL and a lot of these guys are playing in the major leagues for the time,” Price said. “We’re taking steps.”
Los Angeles used a combined 13 relievers in consecutive extra-inning games at San Diego last weekend.
“He knows how taxed they’ve been. It seems like every time he pitches it’s coming off a tired bullpen,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “You should have seen the reception he got when he came in from those guys. J.P. Howell was the first one over here to give him a big bear hug.”
Brandon Finnegan (1-3) allowed five hits in his first career complete game for Cincinnati, which had its season-worst skid extended to eight games. The left-hander, who struck out two and walked four in a career-high eight innings, hasn’t won since April 16.
“I’ve gone up against some of the best pitchers in baseball and sometimes things just don’t go your way,” Finnegan said.
Howie Kendrick grounded into a double play in the sixth, scoring Justin Turner for the game’s only run.
The Reds didn’t get a runner past second base after the first inning against Kershaw.
“He’s really tough when he throws that fastball low and away to a right-handed hitter,” Reds third baseman Jordan Pacheco said.
Kershaw singled leading off the third before the Reds turned the first of four double plays to end the inning. He was busy on the basepaths in the fifth. Kershaw grounded into a fielder’s choice to shortstop, slid into second on a wild pitch by Finnegan, got up and ran to third, sliding safely on a throwing error by catcher Tucker Barnhart.
“He’s a maniac out there on the bases. When he steps in the box, he wants to hit and help his team,” Ellis said.
Cincinnati committed a season high-tying three errors, including two by Barnhart.
Mariners 5, Reds 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — For the second straight game, the much-criticized Cincinnati Reds bullpen didn’t give up a run.
Too late. The Seattle Mariners already had done all the damage they needed against starter Alfredo Simon.
Leonys Martin got four hits, Robinson Cano drove in two runs and Seattle swept Cincinnati 5-4 Sunday, sending the Reds to their seventh straight loss.
Steve Clevenger hit a tiebreaking single during a three-run fifth inning. The Mariners won all three games at Great American Ball Park and posted their fourth win in a row.
The Reds went 0-5 on their homestand. Brandon Phillips drove in two runs with a double during a three-run first inning and Adam Duvall later hit his eighth homer.
Wade Miley (5-2) shook off that rocky first inning to last six innings, giving up eight hits and four runs with six strikeouts and a walk. He improved to 5-0 over his last six starts, all Seattle victories.
Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.
Simon (1-5), who allowed a career-high 10 runs while not getting through the fifth inning of his previous start, gave up nine hits and five runs in five innings in this one.
“I’m not doing anything different,” Simon said. “I have to focus and keep my head up.”
Manager Bryan Price is desperate to get Simon back on the track that produced 24 wins from 2012 through 2014 with Cincinnati.
“We’d like to see him pitch better,” Price said. “We need the innings out of Simon as a veteran pitcher, and that will happen when he keeps his pitches down. In the same respect at some point in time, I have to see him improve and give us those types of innings. He’s going to have to get better. As you saw yesterday (with a flurry of roster moves), we’re not going to sit on our hands all summer and get beat up. As a veteran, it’s his job to take that three-run lead and run with it.”
The Mariners have won eight of their last nine one-run decisions after starting the season 1-5. They are 13-2 against the Reds in interleague play. Cincinnati sent three relievers back to the minors in its latest bullpen shake-up after its 4-0 loss Saturday.
Martin, who has batted higher than seventh just once this season, excelled in the leadoff spot filling in for the injured Ketel Marte. He scored the first run on Cano’s sacrifice fly.
Jay Bruce capped Cincinnati’s first-inning burst with a sacrifice fly. Duvall led off the fourth with a 457-foot drive deep into the left-center field seats.
Miley led off the third with a single in his first plate appearance of the season, his first hit since he was in the National League with Arizona in 2014. He scored on Cano’s single and Nelson Cruz followed with an RBI groundout.
Mariners 4, Reds 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run homer that landed high in the upper deck on Saturday, and Felix Hernandez allowed only four singles in six innings, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on a day when they honored their shared star.
The Reds gave away Ken Griffey Jr. bobbleheads depicting him in both uniforms, and they played a message from him on the videoboard. Junior became a star in Seattle and was later traded to his hometown team. The Reds had him in mind when they designed Great American Ball Park with a short distance in right field.
Cincinnati lost its sixth in a row, matching its season high.
Gutierrez sent his decisive homer 473 feet the other way in the fourth inning off John Lamb (0-2). Leonys Martin also had a solo shot off the left-hander, who lasted six innings. Cincinnati has given up 75 homers in 43 games, by far the most in the majors.
Hernandez (4-3) has handled the Reds in his two career starts against them, throwing a five-hitter for a complete game in 2010. He walked three, struck out five and twice retired Joey Votto with the bases loaded for the final out of an inning.
The Mariners have dominated Junior’s hometown team, winning 12 of 14 in their interleague series.
The Reds have been outscored 55-19 during their slump. Cincinnati pitchers have retired the side in order only nine times in the 55 innings during the losing streak.
Seattle improved to 17-7 on the road, the AL’s best mark. The Mariners have won seven of their eight road series and split the other one.
The Reds have six starters on the disabled list and got a fright in the fourth when Nelson Cruz lined a ball off Lamb’s upper left arm. Lamb threw a practice pitch and stayed in the game. Dae-Ho Lee reached on third baseman Eugenio Suarez’s error, and Gutierrez hit his second homer to snap an 0-for-12 skid.