Reds beat Dodgers 6-5, trail Brewers by half-game
Published 1:33 am Saturday, July 29, 2023
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jake Fraley hit a two-run homer, Spencer Steer added a solo shot, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 on Friday night in the series opener.
The Reds moved with a half-game of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
Brandon Williamson (3-2) allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out two and walked four. Alexis Diaz earned his 31st save.
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The Dodgers had the potential tying run on second in the eighth before Mookie Betts grounded out to end the threat.
The Dodgers closed to 6-5 with three runs in the seventh. Pinch-hitter David Peralta had ground-rule double, pinch-hitter James Outman walked and Betts walked to load the bases.
That set up Freddie Freeman, who singled to right, scoring Peralta and Outman. Amed Rosario, who went 2 for 4 in his Dodgers debut, had an RBI single.
The Reds took a 6-2 lead while batting around in a messy seventh for reliever Yency Almonte. Steer homered into the lower left field seats. Almonte then gave up a walk and had two wild pitches.
After intentionally walking Elly De La Cruz to load the bases, Almonte hit TJ Friedl on the back of his left knee, forcing in pinch-runner Nick Senzel. Almonte then walked Matt McLain to bring across the third run of the inning.
Almonte had walked one batter in his 11 previous appearances before his meltdown.
The Dodgers cut their deficit to 3-2 in the fourth. Miguel Rojas singled to right, scoring Rosario with two outs. Rosario doubled to center for his first hit. He swung his hips and raised his arms, drawing laughter and a head shake from Freeman. Rosario joined the team via a trade from Cleveland earlier in the week.
The Reds got to rookie Bobby Miller in a shaky first. De La Cruz tripled leading off and scored on Friedl’s RBI groundout to second. McLain doubled before Fraley’s 15th homer kissed the right-field foul pole, making it 3-0.
The Dodgers answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on J.D. Martinez’s two-out, RBI double.
Miller (6-2) gave up three runs and six hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out six and didn’t walk anyone.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) will throw a simulated game Saturday.
Reds manager David Bell received a three-year contract extension through the 2026 season before the game. He was rewarded for helping engineer a turnaround in Cincinnati. The Reds are trying to become the first team in major league history to win a division title after losing at least 100 games the previous season.
Reds: RHP Luke Weaver (2-2, 7.20 ERA) starts Saturday and has shown no ill effects after being hit by a line drive off his left elbow two starts back.
Dodgers: Rookie RHP Emmet Sheehan (3-1, 6.75) gave up four runs, five hits, a homer and three walks over five innings of his last start, a win at Baltimore.
Reds 6, Dodgers 5
|De La Cruz 3b-ss||4||1||1||0||Betts rf-2b||3||1||1||0|
|Friedl cf||4||0||0||2||Freeman 1b||4||1||2||2|
|McLain ss-2b||3||1||2||1||Smith c||5||0||0||0|
|Fraley rf||4||1||1||2||Martinez dh||5||0||2||1|
|India 2b||4||0||1||0||Rosario ss||4||1||2||1|
|Maile c||0||0||0||0||Muncy 3b||3||0||0||0|
|Votto 1b||4||0||0||0||Taylor lf||3||0||1||0|
|Steer lf||4||1||2||1||Hernández cf||2||0||1||0|
|Stephenson c||3||0||1||0||Peralta ph-rf||2||1||2||0|
|Senzel pr-3b||1||1||0||0||Rojas 2b||2||0||1||1|
|Benson dh||2||1||0||0||Outman ph-cf||1||1||0||0|
DP–Cincinnati 3, Los Angeles 1. LOB–Cincinnati 5, Los Angeles 8. 2B–McLain 2 (19), Martinez (21), Hernández (1), Rosario (1), Peralta (12). 3B–De La Cruz (3). HR–Fraley (15), Steer (15). SB–Outman (12).
Young pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.
HBP–Almonte (Friedl). WP_B.Miller, Almonte.
Umpires–Home, Marvin Hudson; First, Hunter Wendelstedt; Second, John Tumpane; Third, Paul Clemons.
T–2:51. A–48,280 (56,000).