CINCINNATI -- Brandon Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Reds' offense pounded out 18 hits, including home runs by Adam Duvall, Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler, as they won a season-high fifth straight, 11-1, over the Dodgers Saturday night at Great American Ball Park.
The game was delayed by rain for one hour, 19 minutes in the middle of the seventh inning.
Adrian Gonzalez broke up Finnegan's no-hit bid with a single to center leading off the seventh. The GABP crowd of 29,735 gave Finnegan a standing ovation after the single. Finnegan struck out Justin Turner looking, got Rob Segedin to hit into a fielder's choice and struck out Joc Pederson swinging to end the inning.
"I was just really worried about making quality pitches," said Finnegan. "All three of my pitches, I had good command of and I could throw all of them for strikes tonight. I just kept them off the fastball and that's an important thing."
Finnegan (8-9) had a complete game against the Dodgers on May 23, allowing five hits and one run, but took the loss in a 1-0 defeat as Clayton Kershaw tossed a two-hit shutout in Los Angeles. He was better this time around, walking two batters and striking out eight. He threw 96 pitches, 63 for strikes. The win was the fifth in the last seven decisions for Finnegan and lowered his ERA to 2.85 over his last eight starts.
"I don't know how you put your finger on it, I'd have to say as sharp as I've seen him this year," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "To have three pitches that he could throw for quality strikes and we were able to get him some runs early in the game and continue to add on and take a little bit of heat on him to have to be as exact and he was able to really pound the zone and let the defense work behind him."
The Reds took a lead of at least 5-0 for the third straight game as they delivered eight hits among the first 12 batters against Dodgers starter Brett Anderson (0-2). Anderson left the game in the fourth inning with a blister on his left index finger. He walked Finnegan and then threw a wild pitch with Billy Hamilton at the plate that allowed Finnegan to move to second base. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and trainer Neil Rampe came out to check on Anderson. They replaced him with left-hander Grant Dayton.
The Dodgers, who finished with three hits, avoided being shut out when Segedin had an RBI grounder in the ninth.
The Reds have produced 34 runs and are hitting .329 during the winning streak. The pitching staff has compiled a 1.80 ERA in these last five games.
With the loss, combined with the Giants' 9-5 defeat to the Mets, the Dodgers remained one-half game behind San Francisco for first place in the National League West.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Welcome back: A foul ball off his foot on Monday cost Duvall the previous four games, but he wasted little time showing his value to the Reds' lineup with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to give Cincinnati a 4-0 lead. It was the 28th homer of the season for Duvall, a National League All-Star and Home Run Derby participant. Duvall, who added an RBI single in the eighth, was acquired from San Francisco last year in a non-waiver Trade Deadline deal that sent right-handed pitcher Mike Leake to the Giants. In his first full season in the Major Leagues, Duvall leads all left fielders in home runs, RBIs, and extra-base hits.
"Homer and then another base hit to drive in another run, so four RBIs in his first game back, and that was great," said Price.
Anderson's early exit: For the second straight start, Anderson exited early. After walking Finnegan on four pitches and throwing a pitch to the backstop in the next at-bat, Anderson had his hand looked at and was pulled from the game. Anderson left his last outing after one inning with a left wrist injury.
"It wasn't ideal conditions and just kind of flared up to me," Anderson said. "I walked the pitcher on four straight and then [threw] a slider to the backstop, which is uncharacteristic for me. It's one of those things where I hopefully catch it before it gets too bad and come in tomorrow, see how it is and go from there." More >
Good recall: Peraza was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to add to the Reds' bench as Zack Cozart deals with knee and Achilles injuries. Peraza responded with two singles, a two-run homer and three RBIs in his first three at-bats against his former organization. It was the second homer of the season for Peraza, a 22-year-old acquired in the offseason from the Dodgers as part of a three-team deal in which the Reds sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox.
Peraza was optioned to Louisville on Aug. 2 in order to play every day for the Bats. He put the time there to good use.
"I worked on the small details, nothing super crazy," said Peraza through an interpreter. "I worked on the small details and when I came here I tried to put those small details down into the game. It worked today." More >
Gonzo breaks up no-no: Gonzalez's single was the Dodgers' first hit, ending a stretch of 10 straight batters retired by Finnegan and extending Gonzalez's season-long hitting streak to 13 games. The Dodgers struck out 10 times and managed to get the ball out of the infield just eight times. However, they also went without a handful of regulars, including second baseman Chase Utley and catcher Yasmani Grandal, who entered in a double switch after the rain delay.
"We had to wait it out, but they did everything they could to get the game in, and that's their job. It was an ugly game, got worse, but they did what they're supposed to." -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, on the decision to resume the game after the rain delay
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
After an RBI single in the bottom of the second, Peraza was caught leaning by Anderson at first. Peraza broke for second base and appeared to slide in under the tag, originally being ruled safe on the field. After a Dodgers challenge, however, it was ruled that the tag beat Peraza to the base, overturning the call.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez chopped an 0-2 pitch to Turner, who fielded the ball and threw on the run, not getting a lot behind the throw, which made the play close. Suarez was initially ruled out, but after a Reds challenge, it was determined that Suarez beat Turner's throw to first and the call on the field was overturned.
WHAT'S NEXT Dodgers: Rookie Julio Urias makes a spot start in the 10:10 a.m. PT start on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Urias has made 10 starts this season, posting a 4.37 ERA, but he hasn't started since Aug. 8. In his last outing, Urias earned a win against Pittsburgh on Aug. 13 with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Reds: Anthony DeSclafani goes for his eighth win of the season in a 1:10 p.m. ET start against the Dodgers. DeSclafani has produced 10 quality starts in his 13 appearances since coming of the disabled list on June 10. He is just 1-2 in three career starts against the Dodgers, but he has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings.