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Cincinnati1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 151
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  W: C. Ferguson (6-2)   L: A. DeSclafani (7-5)
9:35 AM PT10:35 AM MT11:35 AM CT12:35 PM ET12:35 ET16:35 GMT0:35 9:35 AM MST11:35 AM EST12:05 PM VEN20:35 UAE11:35 AM CT, September 12, 2018
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 15,633

Dodgers aim to salvage a victory in series vs. Reds

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Dodgers won two of three games with the division-leading Rockies to pull within a half game in the NL West. The Dodgers have homered in a LA Dodgers-record tying 17 games. The franchise record is 24-straight games set by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953.
  2. Brian Dozier is hitting .188 as a Dodger this season after going hitless in his last 25 at-bats. Matt Kemp is the only Dodger to have a longer streak this season (26 at-bats).
  3. The Reds split a four-game series with the Padres, giving them six wins in their last 10 home games. In those 10 games, the Reds are hitting .302 with 18 home runs and 69 runs scored. Meanwhile, Reds starters have allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of the ten games.
  4. Joey Votto turns 35 today. He has 15 hits in games played on his birthday. Among active players, only Miguel Cabrera (21 hits) has more. Votto has reached base in 10-straight games and he has driven in seven runs on two home runs in his last two games.
  5. LHP Alex Wood has not allowed a home run to a left-handed batter since July 28, 2017, having faced 196 of them since that date. Scooter Gennett (22 home runs) is the only Red who has hit more than 20 home runs as a left-handed batter this season.
  6. The Reds swept the Dodgers in Los Angeles back in May, with Cincinnati pitchers posting a 1.75 team ERA and converting all four save opportunities. However, the Dodgers arrive Great American Ball Park having won the last five meetings there, outhomering their hosts 15-4 in the process.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2018 thru 9/12/2018

At the time of the season when the games count the most, the Los Angeles Dodgers are counting on a couple of starting pitchers who have spent key portions of the season on the disabled list.

Hyun-Jin Ryu was uneven once more Tuesday as the Dodgers lost yet again to the Cincinnati Reds, and now they'll turn to All-Star right-hander Ross Stripling -- who will make his first start in more than a month -- to try to salvage one victory against the last-place Reds.

Stripling (8-3) will make one of the Dodgers' most important starts all season Wednesday at Great American Ball Park against Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (7-4) as the three-game series wraps up.

And if the Dodgers don't make it to the NL postseason despite the plethora of star-quality talent they possess, and after winning the NL West the previous five seasons, the Reds -- of all teams -- could be the major culprit.

Scott Schebler and Brandon Dixon homered to support Luis Castillo's effective pitching over 6 1-3 innings, and first baseman Dixon made a heads-up play to turn Alex Verdugo's grounder into a game-ending double play in the ninth as the Reds beat the Dodgers for the sixth straight times 3-1 Tuesday night.

Schebler, Dixon and Jose Peraza came to the Reds from the Dodgers in a 2015 trade, and they combined to go 5-for-11 with two homers. Castillo limited the Dodgers to one run and four hits while striking out nine.

NL batting leader Scooter Gennett had two more hits after getting four Monday night and is 16-for-22 (.727) against the Dodgers this season.

The Reds came into this series off five losses in seven games and 13 losses in 18 games, yet they've won the first two games against a team that took two of three from the first-place Colorado Rockies last weekend. And the Reds swept a four-game series in Dodger Stadium from May 10-13, the first time they've done that since 1976.

The Dodgers are a combined 2-10 against the Marlins and Reds, two of the NL's three last-place clubs.

"I have no idea why (the Reds are dominating the Dodgers)," Dixon told Fox Sports Ohio. "But getting to play the Dodgers, where I came from, it's definitely fun. I know some of their guys and getting to hit a home run against them (is fun)."

Starting Stripling allows the Dodgers to push back left-hander Clayton Kershaw to the first-game of a four-game series against the contending St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday at Busch Stadium. But manager Dave Roberts expects Stripling to throw only 45 pitches or so, meaning it very well could be a bullpen game.

"We're a team that plays matchups, so if a lefty is up in the rotation but the team we're facing has trouble against righties (he'll likely start instead of relieve)," Stripling said.

Stripling was on the disabled list for nearly a month with lower back stiffness before pitching one-third of an inning Friday against Colorado. In his last start, he held the Rockies to one run and four hits over six innings of an 8-5 Dodgers victory on Aug. 9.

DeSclafani lasted at least six innings in all five of his August starts, going 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA, but has been limited to 7 2/3 innings during two no-decision starts in September, although the Reds won both games. He is 1-3 with a 3.12 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers but hasn't faced them since Aug. 21, 2016.

Nobody with the Dodgers is saying if they looked past the Reds to the key Cardinals series, yet they've struggled with Cincinnati much like they did in their previous series four months ago.

Roberts rested his hottest hitter, Justin Turner, on Tuesday, although Turner grounded into a threat-ending force play with the bases loaded in the seventh as a pinch-hitter. Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 with a homer, but the rest of the Dodgers lineup contributed only three hits.

"It was very difficult to not play him, because you know you're always better with him in the lineup," Roberts said of Turner, who is hitting .374 with eight homers and 23 RBIs since coming off the disabled list Aug. 2. "But over the last few years, we've been able to keep him healthy by managing his workload."

Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman credited Castillo, saying, "That's a really good lineup they've got.

"There are a lot of threats in that lineup. But he did a good job. He had a great changeup ... and his velocity, here it is Sept. 11 and he hit 98 (mph) a couple of times. It's nice to see he feels that good."

Ryu (4-3), who was out more than two months with a groin injury, gave up three runs and eight hits over five innings. He is 1-3 with two no-decisions since coming off the disabled list Aug. 15 and has given up 18 hits in 11 innings over his last two starts.

Updated September 11, 2018

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