Joey Votto Leads Reds Over Dodgers In Series Finale

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Dodgers Drop Game To Cincinnati 5-2

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Bronson Arroyo twirled seven strong innings to help the Cincinnati Reds take a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of a three-game set.

Arroyo (14-7) gave up just two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts for the Reds, who have won eight of their last nine. Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, three RBI and two runs scored while Ryan Hanigan drove in a pair in the win.

With the win, the Reds maintained their 3 1/2 game lead over the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central.

A.J. Ellis went 3-for-3 with an RBI while Matt Kemp added a solo home run for the Dodgers, who were looking for their first series win since taking two of three against Washington from August 6-8.

Clayton Kershaw (11-8) was saddled with the loss as he was charged with three runs on five hits with five walks and 11 strikeouts over seven innings.

The Reds jumped on top in the first inning. Brandon Phillips led off with a single and, after Miguel Cairo struck out, back-to-back walks to Votto and Jonny Gomes loaded the bases. Chris Heisey then struck out, but Hanigan punched a two-run single to center for a 2-0 lead.

The Dodgers got one back in the second when Kemp led off the frame with a blast over the center field wall, his 21st home run of the season.

The score remained that way until the fifth when Los Angeles tied the game. With one out, Casey Blake singled and Jamey Carroll followed with a base hit. Ellis then stroked a single to center to make it a 2-2 game.

Cincinnati, though, took the lead right back as Votto led off the sixth with a shot to left, his 29th homer of the season, for a 3-2 advantage.

Arroyo worked around a leadoff single in the sixth then threw a scoreless seventh before handing the ball to Nick Masset, who tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

The Reds gave themselves some insurance in the ninth as Votto’s two-run single off Jonathan Broxton with the bases loaded made it a 5-2 game.

Francisco Cordero set the Dodgers down in order in the ninth to pick up his 34th save of the season.

Cincinnati continues its nine-game road trip in San Francisco on Monday…The Reds won the season series, 5-4…The Dodgers hit the road and begin a three- game series in Milwaukee on Tuesday…It was Cincinnati’s first series win in Los Angeles since May 14-16, 2004…Arroyo is 3-4 against the Dodgers in his career.

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Dodgers Activate Jeff Weaver From DL; Sore Shoulder Sidelines Travis Schlichting

Before today’s game with the Reds, the Dodgers activated pitcher Jeff Weaver from the disabled list, and placed reliever Travis Schlichting on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder.

Weaver is 5-1 with a 5.35 ERA in 36 games this season for the Dodgers. He was on the disabled list since August 3 with left knee tendinitis.

Schlichting was just recalled on Friday when Vicente Padilla was placed on the disabled list. Schlichting pitched 2/3 of an inning Saturday night against Cincinnati.

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Today's Dodgers-Reds Lineups

Here are today’s lineups, from Dodger Stadium:

Reds
Phillips 2B
Cairo 3B
Votto 1B
Gomes LF
Heisey RF
Hanigan C
Stubbs CF
Janish SS
Arroyo P

Dodgers
Podsednik LF
Theriot 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Blake 3B
Carroll SS
Ellis C
Kershaw P

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Kershaw, Dodgers Look To Take Series From First-Place Reds

(Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Reds found their success at Dodger Stadium short-lived thanks to Los Angeles' use of the long ball last night.

The Reds, who had a season-high seven-game winning streak halted, will look to rebound tonight behind Bronson Arroyo as they aim for their first series win at Chavez Ravine since 2004 in the finale of a three-game set against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

The Reds halted a 12-game skid at Dodger Stadium on Friday, their first win at the ballpark since July 28, 2005, but saw the Dodgers hit four homers in Saturday's 8-5 winning decision by Los Angeles.

Johnny Cueto, returning from a seven-game suspension, was drilled for all four homers and five runs total over three innings, falling to 11-4.

"Johnny couldn't find the strike zone," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He lost his rhythm and they started hitting the ball out of the ballpark. We were playing catch-up, but we couldn't trade runs with them."

Joey Votto drove in two runs for the Reds, who had an eight-game road winning streak halted. Their lead for first place in the National League Central was also trimmed to 3 1/2 games over the Cardinals, who beat San Francisco earlier Saturday.

Ryan Theriot and Andre Ethier hit back-to-back homers in the second inning and Jay Gibbons and Matt Kemp blasted consecutive home runs the following frame for the Dodgers, who pulled within seven games of the NL Wild Card spot.

Chad Billingsley allowed seven hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings for his first victory since July 27.

"Four home runs, that came out of nowhere," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "We kept coming at them and did some good things. Chad was okay. He had a tightness in his calf. That's why I took him out."

The Dodgers activated Manny Ramirez from the disabled list prior to the game, but he went hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts before being replaced by Reed Johnson in left to start the sixth inning.

The Reds, who split six games at home with the Dodgers prior to this set, haven't won a series at Dodger Stadium since a three-game sweep from May 14-16, 2004, and will aim to do so tonight behind Arroyo.

Arroyo will be trying to win for the fourth time in his last five starts this afternoon and is coming off Tuesday's victory in Arizona. The right-hander gave up two runs on six hits and a pair of walks over 7 1/3 innings, claiming a 6-2 triumph while improving to 13-7 on the year with a 3.87 earned run average.

Arroyo, 33, doubled his career win total versus the Dodgers when he beat them on June 17 with seven innings of one-run ball. He worked around five hits and a season-high six walks, improving to 2-4 with a 4.21 ERA lifetime versus Los Angeles.

Kershaw goes for a second straight winning outing after the Dodgers' left- hander halted a three-start winless skid (0-2) on Tuesday versus Colorado.

Kershaw hurled seven innings of scoreless ball, limiting the Rockies to five hits and three walks while striking out six. He upped his season record to 11-7 to go along with a 3.03 ERA.

The 22-year-old earned his first career victory over the Reds in his second start versus them on June 16, holding them to a run on seven hits over 7 1/3 frames to go along with seven strikeouts.

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