Dodgers cruise to hand Reds 9th straight loss

Dodgers cruise to hand Reds 9th straight loss

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Bolsinger rejoined the Dodgers' rotation Tuesday with a strong outing against the Reds, limiting Cincinnati to two runs as his club won, 8-2, at Dodger Stadium, extending the Reds' losing streak to nine games.

Bolsinger, who began the season on the disabled list, improved on his season debut in a spot start last week by allowing three hits over 5 2/3 innings and striking out six batters against one walk. He made just one costly mistake, serving up a two-run homer to Adam Duvall in the fourth.

"I thought Mike was great," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He did everything we expected."

Making his Major League debut, Reds right-hander Daniel Wright gave up four runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings of work. In a continuation from Monday's opener, Cincinnati was again plagued with defensive miscues throughout the night, resulting in three errors and two unearned runs. Reds fielders have committed six errors through two games in this series.

"First time I've seen him. I wasn't disappointed in the least," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I thought he handled himself well. Had a nice a mix of pitches and competed well, so it was probably the highlight of our evening."

With Tuesday's win, the Dodgers have now won each of the last eight matchups with the Reds. The Dodgers are now 47-23 against the Reds since 2006, which is their best record against any National League opponent in that span.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Pederson fuels middle-innings rally Joc Pederson reclaimed the Dodgers' lead in the fourth with an assist from Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart. Pederson smoked an RBI double to left center, scoring his roommate Trayce Thompson, to even the game at 2. Pederson then stole third -- his second swiped bag of the year with the first coming in Monday's series opener -- and scored the go-ahead run when Barnhart's toss sailed beyond Eugenio Suarez's reach into left field.

Pederson's RBI double

"That's awesome as a pitcher when you're sitting on the bench and you get that lead right back," Bolsinger said. "The team is fighting for you and you want to go out there and keep pitching well." More >

Streak snappers: Jay Bruce and Duvall supplied the Reds' only runs of the game in the fourth with a little help from first base. Bruce's hard grounder bounced off the bag and over Adrian Gonzalez, giving the outfielder a double and his first hit in 16 at-bats. Duvall followed that up with a homer to center that just beat Pederson's glove, delivering the first runs in 17 innings for the Reds.

"It was a good pitch," Bolsinger said. "He just got good wood on it. Probably could have had it a little bit lower, but kudos to him."

Puig benched for not hustling: When the Dodgers took the field in the seventh, they did so without Yasiel Puig, who was benched for not hustling out of the box after his sixth-inning RBI single. Puig thought he homered and hesitated, watching as his line drive smacked against the right-field wall for what would have likely been a double.

Puig's RBI single

"I should have run out that ball," Puig said through a translator. "It was a bad decision on my part, it was a good decision on the manager's part." More > 

Welcome to the big leagues: The Dodgers initiated Wright into the Major League ranks with back-to-back-to-back singles from Chase Utley, Corey Seager and Justin Turner in the first. Their combined efforts plated the game's first run. Wright then settled in to retire his next three batters, beginning by fanning Adrian Gonzalez for his first career strikeout.

"You just have to stay calm," Wright said. "You're always thinking about getting a double play when someone's on first. I was trying to keep the ball down, get a ground ball, and get two." More > 

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A.J. Morris and Josh Smith became the 23rd and 24th pitchers to appear for the Reds this season. The team's single-season franchise record for most pitchers used is 30.

WHAT'S NEXT
Reds: Dan Straily will try to continue his strong showing as a starter this season, as he holds a 2.77 ERA since moving out of the bullpen. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET in the series finale at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers: Left-hander Scott Kazmir will take the ball in Wednesday's series finale for his second career start against the Reds. Kazmir struggled with command in his last outing, issuing a career-high seven walks and serving up a pair of home runs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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