Sloppy defense and an abysmal start from Alex Wood helped the Reds pick up a 10-6 victory.
For the Dodgers, they are now 0-5 against the Reds this season, who are the third worst team in the national league.
After a single, an error and a walk, the Dodgers loaded the bases in the first inning. LA was unable to capitalize on the early opportunity, as Kiké Hernandez struck out, stranding the runners to end the inning.
The Reds immediately jumped out to an early lead. After the first two batters reached without recording a hit, Joey Votto doubled in two, putting Cincinnati up. Two singles and an error later, the Reds were up 4-0.
Matt Kemp would chip into the lead, getting an RBI single in the third to make it a three-run game. With runners at the corners and one out, the Dodgers failed to tack on more runs. David Freese struck out and Hernandez grounded out.
Eugenio Suarez led off the bottom half of the third with his 32nd homer of the season.
The Dodgers cut the lead in half the next inning, as a Chris Taylor two-run home run would make the score 5-3. For LA, this is the closest they would find themselves for the remainder of the game.
With one out, and Billy Hamilton on second, Jose Peraza lined one into left field. Taylor picked it up and gunned the throw to beat Hamilton at home. The only problem, Yasmani Grandal lost the ball on the tag, allowing Hamilton to score.
For Grandal, this seems to be a reoccurring theme. Over the last month or so, we’ve seen him on numerous occasions drop a ball or have it fly out of his glove.
Instead of a two-run deficit with two outs, it quickly became a three-run deficit with only one out.
Suarez walked intentionally, and Scooter Gennett singled, giving the Reds a 7-3 lead. On the night, Gennett had four hits.
That would be the end for Alex Wood. He’d throw only 3 2⁄3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits.
Grandal led off the sixth with a solo shot, making the deficit only three runs.
The Dodgers had a chance to escape the sixth untouched. With two outs, the Reds proceeded to get three consecutive hits, tacking on three runs in the process.
It looked as if the Dodgers were primed to make a seventh inning comeback and put themselves in a prime position for a comeback. After RBI from Matt Kemp and Max Muncy, the Dodgers trailed by only four runs. A Grandal walk would load the bases for Yasiel Puig and only one out.
Lady luck just wasn’t in favor of the Dodgers tonight. Puig worked an incredible 11-pitch at-bat, but hit a rocket to Suarez at third, doubling off Muncy at second, ending any chance of an LA comeback.
For the evening, LA left eight on base and were 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
The Dodgers will look to even the series, as they’ll send Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-2, 2.16 ERA) to the hill to face off against Luis Castillo (8-12, 4.79 ERA) at 3:40 pm PT.
Home Runs: Chris Taylor (16), Yasmani Grandal (23), Eugenio Suarez (32)
WP: Jared Hughes (4-3), 1 1⁄2 IP, 0 ER
LP: Alex Wood (8-7) 3 2⁄3 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 6 SO