CINCINNATI (AP) — A rookie starter put Cincinnati in an early hole again, but this time, the Reds couldn’t climb out of it.
Alex Wood took a shutout into the sixth inning, and Jimmy Rollins and Justin Turner each hit two-run home runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped their five-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
The Reds have lost 10 of their last 11 games. The lone win came Monday, when the team overcame a rocky outing from rookie Keyvius Sampson by scoring 10 runs in the sixth in a 12-5 win over Detroit.
On Tuesday, Rollins and Yasiel Puig gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with doubles into the left field corner on back-to-back pitches with nobody out in the first off rookie John Lamb. Puig’s liner bounced off the top of the wall, a couple of feet from being a home run.
Lamb (0-2), who came to the Reds in the Johnny Cueto trade, lasted five innings, allowing five hits and three runs with three walks and six strikeouts.
“Without a doubt I’d like to take the club deeper into the game. It’s definitely a learning experience. I put us in a hole,” Lamb said. “I’m learning to continue to make pitches and apply the pressure. Walks have come back to bite me in the butt. It’s preached at the lower levels trying to get here. I’m learning to stay in the moment.”
Cincinnati got its leadoff batter on base in four of the first five innings, but never pushed anybody past second with Wood (9-8) on the mound. He left after Brandon Phillips singled with two outs in the sixth, and reliever Chris Hatcher then gave up Todd Frazier’s RBI double, his second of the game. He leads the NL with 38 doubles.
Wood gave up four hits and one run with three walks and four strikeouts.
“We didn’t have a lot of opportunities,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “Wood did a good job going back and forth on his three-pitch mix. He was good at holding runners. He would hold the ball a while, then mix in a slide step.”
The Reds hit into two double plays with Wood on the mound and one more after he left.
J.P. Howell finished the sixth and seventh. The Reds loaded the bases with two outs against Juan Nicasio in the eighth, but Luis Avilan struck out Jay Bruce before Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth.
Turner reached the left field seats for his 15th homer of the season with Adrian Gonzalez on and one out in the fourth. Rollins added his 13th homer in the sixth off of Ryan Mattheus.
Dodgers: C Yasmani Grandal’s sore left shoulder will likely keep him out of the lineup until at least Thursday. Grandal missed Sunday’s game and, with Monday’s open date, he’ll have four consecutive days off. “It is affecting his swing,” Mattingly said of the All-Star catcher.
Reds: OF Brennan Boesch was day to day with a deep bone bruise in his right ankle. Boesch hasn’t played since fouling a ball off of the ankle on Saturday.
Joey Votto drew three walks and has 13 over the last six games. He’s drawn at least one in each of those games, the longest active streak in the majors and Votto’s third streak of at least six games this season. He has four consecutive multi-walk games and more walks (49) than hits (46) since the All-Star break.
Former Red and current Dodgers RHP Mat Latos is in Arizona and will miss the series against his former team. With three open dates over eight days, the Dodgers adjusted their rotation, skipping Latos, who hasn’t pitched since Aug. 13. Instead, they sent him to Arizona to prepare for a Saturday start against the Cubs. “He threw a five-inning simulated game (Monday),” Mattingly said. “We weren’t going to use him out of the bullpen and he needs to throw. It didn’t make sense to fly him in here, then back to Los Angeles. He hasn’t been out that long.”