LOS ANGELES -- Four consecutive two-out hits were punctuated by a three-run home run by Adrian Gonzalez in the fifth inning, lifting the Dodgers to a 5-3 win over the Reds on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
Reds rookie left-hander John Lamb, making his major league debut, got through the Dodgers order the first two times with little incident, allowing four hits and two walks but just one run. His 18th batter faced got him to two outs in the fifth inning in a 1-1 tie, and that's where the trouble began.
The third time through the order, Jimmy Rollins singled, as did Kiké Hernandez, then Justin Turner did the same to drive home Rollins for a 2-1 lead. Gonzalez followed with a booming home run to right field to break the game open, his 23rd on the season to lead the team.
"You're always at an advantage once you've see a guy a couple times," manager Don Mattingly said. "It takes a bigger mix to get through that third time."
It was the third home run for Gonzalez this season against left-handed pitching, in 107 plate appearances.
Alex Wood made it hold up, tiptoeing around a few Joey Votto landmines — an RBI double in the first inning, then a two-run home run in the sixth — to pitch into the seventh inning for his first win as a Dodger.
Turner drove in two runs in his first start back from the disabled list, Hernandez had three hits, and Rollins had two hits. The other hit for Rollins was a double in the first inning, his 20th of the season and 499th of his career. Only 59 players in major league history have hit 500 doubles.
Down for the Count
Though he took the loss, Lamb had his moments in his major league debut for Cincinnati. With seven strikeouts in six innings, Lamb tied Anthony DeSclafani (2014) and John Montefusco (1974) for second-most strikeouts by a pitcher in his major league debut against the Dodgers, one behind Charles Hudson, who struck out eight Dodgers on May 31, 1983 for Philadelphia.
DeSclafani starts Sunday for the Reds.
The game featured a couple of highlight double plays in the middle innings, both involving Brayan Pena. a In the fourth inning, Pena scorched a line drive with one out up the middle, but it caught the glove of Wood, who reacted quickly and threw to first base before Marlon Byrd could return safely.
In the bottom of the fifth, Wood was batting and trying to sacrifice Joc Pederson into scoring position. But his second bunt attempt went foul just behind the plate. Pena sprung up like a cat and dove to make the catch, then threw to first to double up Pederson.
Walking in LA
Wood walked while batting in the third inning, the 12th walk by Dodgers pitchers this season, most by pitchers of any team in baseball. It was the fourth walk on the season for Wood, tied with Mets pitcher Jon Niese for second most in baseball. Brett Anderson leads baseball with five walks while batting this season.
Save the best for last
Kenley Jansen retired Cincinnati in the ninth for his 23rd save of the season. It was the 129th save of his career, tied with Jeff Shaw for second on the all-time Dodgers save list.
Eric Gagne tops the franchise list with 161 saves.
Jansen on the season has 57 strikeouts against just four walks in his 31⅓ innings, and a career-best 48.3-percent strikeout rate.
Home runs: Adrian Gonzalez (23); Joey Votto (21)
WP - Alex Wood (8-7): 6⅓ IP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
LP - John Lamb (0-1): 6 IP, 8 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (23): 1 IP, 2 strikeouts