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Dodgers blow out Reds 14-6

compiled by staff and wire reports

Rafael Furcal led the way as Los Angeles pounded the Reds all over Great American Ball Park.

The leadoff hitter drove in four runs with a  single, double and triple to highlight another hitting-clinic performance by the major’s best-hitting lineup Wednesday night in leading the Dodgers to a 14-6 win over Cincinnati. LA scored in all but one inning, a dominating performance from the top of the lineup to the bottom.

The Dodgers have a 23-5 record against the reds since 2006, their best record against any team in that span, according to STATS LLC.

Hiroki Kuroda (2-0) was the winner, Aaron Harang ( 0-3) was the loser.

Rafael Furcal (mlb)

The Dodgers came into the game with a .302 batting average that led the majors and five players hitting .320 or better. They piled up 18 hits and achieved their season high in runs.

Andre Ethier had a solo homer among his  three hits; Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his seventh homer of the season and James Loney broke the game open with a bases-loaded single that made it 9-4 in the sixth inning.

Reds offense comes alive in come-from-behind win over pesky Dodgers

Cincinnati, Ohio – The Cincinnati Reds just came off of a disastrous road trip where they went 2-5 against Florida and Philadelphia. Nothing wrong with going 2-2 with Florida but losing 3 straight to Pittsburgh is inexcusable.

You’re trying to break a 5-game losing streak and you come home and the opponent is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The same LA team that has beaten the Reds like a drum the past 4 years. They are 22-4 vs. Cincinnati since 2006 and 15-8 at Great American Ball Park. Plus, the Dodgers have the majors best offense with a .303 batting average; leads the National League with 144 hits; third in runs with 70 runs tied with Tampa Bay, behind Philadelphia’s 78 and San Francisco with 71. Furthermore, LA has 6 players in their lineup hitting .320 or better, tops in Major League Baseball.

Homer Bailey of the Reds was matched up against Chad Billingsley of the Dodgers.

Jay Bruce (mlb)

Joey Votto (mlb)

The game started ugly for Bailey in the top of the first. Rafael Furcal singled to center; Andre Ethier walked with one out. The dangerous Manny Ramirez flied out to right field. James Loney walked to load the bases. On a 3-2 pitch, Mr. Clutch, Casey Blake lined a shot up the left center field gap and three runs scored and just like that, the Reds are down 3-0 and looking at another loss. Compounding Bailey’s problems in the first inning was that he pitched behind to all the batters and they were sitting on his fastball. He threw 31 in the first inning.

One thing about this 2010 Cincinnati Reds team, they don’t make it easy whether they win or they lose. They’re never out of a game.

In the bottom of the second, the Reds did the unthinkable. scoring a bunch of runs against Chad Billingsley who usually is tough on them. But Billingsley helped the Reds by getting his pitches up in the strike zone and the started to go after the first pitch, which meant, they figured out the Dodgers pitch sequences.

Brandon Phillips led off with a first-pitch homer to left; Scott Rolen had a first-pitch single. Jay Bruce scored Rolen with a run scoring triple to right center field and the score was Dodgers 3 Reds 2. Jonny Gomes tied the game at 3-3 with a single to center. Ramon Hernandez singled to center sending Gomes to third. Homer Bailey laid down a nice sacrifice bunt and Billingsley hurried his throw and threw the ball down into the right field stands scoring Gomes and sending Hernandez to third and Bailey to second and the Reds led 4-3. Cincinnati was not through yet. Orlando Cabrera has shown that he can come through in the clutch. This time he hit a sacrifice to right field scoring Hernandez and the score was 5-3 Reds. Joey Votto dropped a ball into left center plating Homer Bailey and it was 6-3 Cincinnati.

All told the Reds scored a season high six runs in the second inning, their highest single inning total in 2010. Cincinnati had six hits in the second inning, the most for the Reds in one inning this season.

The Reds stretched the lead to 9-3 in the bottom of the 4th when Homer Bailey legged out an infield hit; Drew Stubbs was safe on a fielders choice/error by Russell Martin. Joey Votto hit a high rainbow homer to the right field bleachers and the Reds had a 6-run cushion.

Homer Bailey settled down and held the Dodgers in check until he ran out of gas in the sixth.

It stayed 9-3 until the Dodgers 6th inning when Manny Ramirez doubled to right;  Casey Blake tripled him in with shot up the left center field gap and it was Reds 9 Dodgers 4. Blake Dewitt lined a hit single to left center and it was 9-6. When Russell Martin singled to right, Reds manager Dusty Baker brought in Daniel Ray Herrara to get out of the 6th inning.

The Dodgers bullpen held the Reds in check and kept the score close to give their offense a chance to come back and they tied it in the 8th.

After Daniel Ray Herrera retired Blake DeWitt on a  6-3, Dusty Baker brought in Nick Masset to close the eighth out and it was a decision that turned out to be a disaster.

Russell Martin singled to center; Rafael Furcal singled to center and Matt Kemp hit a 2-0 pitched into the right center field bleachers for a home run and the Dodgers came all the way back from a 6-run deficit to tie the game at 9-9. They truly are the best offensive team in the National League.

The Reds didn’t waste any time putting up the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Dodgers brought in Ramon Troncoso to face Reds. With one out, Jay Bruce and Ramon Hernandez walked. Paul Janish, who was part of a double-switch earlier in the 8th inning, lined a single into left center, the Reds go ahead, 10-9, but on the play, Catcher Russell Martin threw down to second as Paul Janish strayed too far off first base. The Dodgers got him a rundown but first baseman Ronnie Belliard forgot about Ramon Hernandez who was rounding third and kept running. Belliard was surprised and couldn’t get the ball out of his glove  and the insurance run scored and it was 11-9 Cincinnati.

Francisco Cordero was brought in to pitch the scoreless ninth and recorded his 5th save. The win goes to Mike Lincoln who got the final out of the 8th inning.

SOUNDS OF THE GAME FROM THE POSTGAME CLUBHOUSE (to listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 833 Francisco Cordero Reds Closer Snapping 5 game losing streak

44 834 Homer Bailey Reds Starter After rough first he looked smooth on the mound

44 835 Homer Bailey Reds Starter As a starter does he want the win or a win is a win

44 836 Paul Janish Reds backup ss The offense came alive

44 837 Paul Janish Reds backup ss His Game winning base hit to left

GAME NOTES

* Major league baseball hit king (4,192) Pete Rose was in attendance last night.

* The attendance was 12,965 at Great American Ball Park.

* The Reds 11 runs scored, were the most this season since scoring 10 at Florida on April 13.

* The Reds have produced all six of their wins in their last at bat as Paul Janish’s base hit scored the game winning RBI in the eighth inning.

* The Reds have a winning record for the first time this year at home, they’re 4-3.

* The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp extended his hit streak to nine games with a base hit in the 3rd inning.

* Jon Link of LA made his major league debut in the sixth inning, 2IP, 0 hits, 1 walk.

* Casey Blake of LA went 2-2 with runners in scoring position. Blake is now 7-15 on the season with runners in scoring position. Blake had four RBI’s, including all three in the first inning.

* The Dodgers are on a 10 day, 9 game road trip to Cincinnati, Washington and New York Mets.

* MLB teams best win percentage against any opponent since 2006:

LA vs. Cincinnati .846 (22-4)

Boston vs. Baltimore .764 (55-17)

Colorado vs. Washington .759 (22-7)

* MLB teams with the most players hitting .320 or better:

LA has six (Ethier, Kemp, Ramirez, Furcal, Blake and Loney)

New York Yankees have 4

there are 8 teams tied with 3.

*  Los Angeles vs. Cincinnati all-time, 1,095 wins, 1,074 losses.

* LA hitting coach Don Mattingly turned 49 on Tuesday and was riding up the elevator with this reporter and he was surprised I knew it was his birthday. He is a former Columbus Clippers star.

* President Barack Obama visited Los Angeles last week and met with Dodgers special advisor to the chairman Don Newcombe. They had a private meeting between public appearances at the California Science Center Exposition Park. Obama credited Newcombe for paving the way for him to become President.

* Reds manager Dusty Baker is 27th all-time in wins with 1,320.

* Reds lefty Arthur Rhodes is 47th in all-time games with 786.

* Reds closer Francisco Cordero has 255 career saves which is 27th.

* People tend to forget that the Reds have one of the youngest pitching rotations in baseball with Mike Leake 22, Homer Bailey 23 and Johnny Cueto 24.

* The Reds record at Great American Ball Park is 220-19-1.

* The Reds have three players in their infield with 10 total Gold Glove Awards:

3B Scott Rolen has 7, ss Orlando Cabrera has 2 and 2B Brandon Phillips has won 1.

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