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Reds hammer Dodgers to pull out of eight-game slide

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CINCINNATI -- Just when D'Angelo Jimenez's job seemed to be in jeopardy, he hit his way back into the picture.

Jimenez snapped a slump by coming off the bench to produce three hits, including two doubles, and Austin Kearns hit his second home run in two days as the Cincinnati Reds snapped an eight-game losing streak with an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

The switch-hitting second baseman didn't enter the game until the sixth, but went 3-for-3 from the left side and scored three times as the Reds matched their season high in runs and avoided their longest losing streak since an 11-game drought in June 1998.

"I don't remember (anybody getting) three hits off the bench," manager Dave Miley said. "Somebody might've had two, but you don't usually see that when you double-switch and the guy stays in the game. It's a good sign that he kept working."

Jimenez was hitting .111 (6-for-54) left-handed this season, and he'd lost his starting job after getting one hit in his last 14 at-bats. He said he noticed a flaw in his stride while watching video on Friday night.

"I've been struggling with my left-handed swing," he said. "Coming off the bench and getting those hits in a win is good. The big thing is getting the win."

Los Angeles starter Derek Lowe had a 3-0 lead and had allowed just one hit before the Reds sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth.

Jimenez, pinch-hitting for reliever David Weathers, led off with a single, and Felipe Lopez broke up the shutout with a double one out later. Lopez scored on a single by Sean Casey and, after Ken Griffey Jr. lined out, Casey moved to third on Adam Dunn's single to right.

Casey scored the tying run and Dunn moved from first to third on a wild pitch to Joe Randa, advancing as Lowe argued with plate umpire Rick Reed.

"(Third base coach) Mark Berry had just said, 'If the ball kicks around, be ready to score,"' said Casey, who slid headfirst. "He told me to look for something in the dirt. I saw it bounce and when it popped in the air, I took off."

Said Lowe: "Randa's had a lot of success against me. Sometimes, you try to make the perfect pitch and you throw a 58-footer. It's stupid ... frustrating."

On the second pitch after the wild pitch, Randa gave the Reds a 4-3 lead with a single before Kearns' fifth homer of the season and second in two games.

"I don't know if it's all coming together," said Kearns, who had two hits in his last 19 at-bats, including Friday's homer. "I'm just trying to make it come together."

The Reds added two runs in the seventh on a fielder's choice groundout by Lopez and Griffey's double and three in the eighth on Jimenez's second double, Ryan Freel's single and another fielder's choice by Lopez.

"They're a good offensive team," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "They didn't hit a lot of balls hard in that inning, outside of Kearns, but they got us."

Lowe (2-3) gave up seven hits and six runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Weathers (2-0) recorded two outs in the sixth inning to get the win.

Ramon Ortiz made his second start for the Reds since coming off the disabled list. Ortiz, who lasted fewer than three innings in Cincinnati's 13-3 loss at Milwaukee last Sunday, allowed eight hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers couldn't score after loading the bases with one out in the first inning, but J.D. Drew gave them a 2-0 lead in the third by following Hee-Seop Choi's single with his fifth home run.

Los Angeles made it 3-0 in the fourth when Mike Edwards tripled with one out and scored on Paul Bako's squeeze bunt.

Notes

  • The Reds' sixth-inning lead was their first since blowing a 9-3 lead in the ninth on Monday. They went 32 innings over four games without leading.
  • Since going hitless in his first 25 at-bats of the season, Drew is hitting .370 (27-for-73) with five homers and 13 RBI in 24 games.
  • Edwards' triple was his first in the majors.
  • Dodgers CF Milton Bradley was hitless in 10 at-bats before he singled in the eighth.
  • Casey was hitless in his 11 at-bats before his single in the sixth.
  • Griffey extended his hitting streak to 11 games, matching his longest in six seasons with Cincinnati.
 
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Sean Casey and reliever Ryan Wagner enjoy the Reds' 11-3 win over the Dodgers.  (AP)
Sean Casey and reliever Ryan Wagner enjoy the Reds' 11-3 win over the Dodgers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

D. Jimenez
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Cincinnati

F. Lopez
AB 5
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Cesar Izturis, SS5000012 .317
Hee Seop Choi, 1B3110100 .276
J.D. Drew, RF4122010 .273
Jeff Kent, 2B4010010 .330
Milton Bradley, CF4010003 .306
Ricky Ledee, LF4010013 .297
Mike Edwards, 3B4120001 .500
Paul Bako, C4011012 .259
Derek Lowe, P2000002 .125
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Kelly Wunsch, P0000000 .000
    Stephen Schmoll, P0000000 .000
    Wilson Alvarez, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Grabowski, PH1010000 .148
Totals3531031513 
a-singled for Alvarez in the 9th
Batting
3B - Mike Edwards (1, Ortiz)
HR - J.D. Drew (5, Ortiz)
SH - Derek Lowe (2)
RBI - J.D. Drew 2 (13), Paul Bako (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Stephen Schmoll (1, Wild throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (L,2-3) 5.2766131 2.87
Duaner Sanchez 0.2122000 3.68
Kelly Wunsch 0.2100000 1.69
Stephen Schmoll 0.1231110 4.30
Wilson Alvarez 0.2000000 0.00
WP - Derek Lowe (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 83-55, Duaner Sanchez 4-4, Kelly Wunsch 11-7, Stephen Schmoll 24-15, Wilson Alvarez 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 11-3, Duaner Sanchez 2-1, Stephen Schmoll 1-0, Wilson Alvarez 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 25, Duaner Sanchez 4, Kelly Wunsch 3, Stephen Schmoll 5, Wilson Alvarez 2
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, 2B-RF4011001 .333
Felipe Lopez, SS5213000 .295
Sean Casey, 1B5111002 .283
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4011001 .250
Adam Dunn, LF4110021 .272
Joe Randa, 3B3221100 .286
Austin Kearns, RF3112001 .220
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Wagner, P0100000 .000
Jason LaRue, C3000113 .187
Ramon Ortiz, P1000011 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   a- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH-2B3331000 .225
Totals351111102410 
a-singled for Weathers in the 6th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (3, Lowe), Ken Griffey Jr. (10, Wunsch), Joe Randa (7, Lowe), D'Angelo Jimenez 2 (4, Sanchez, Schmoll)
HR - Austin Kearns (5, Lowe)
SH - Ryan Freel (2), Ryan Wagner (1)
RBI - Ryan Freel (2), Felipe Lopez 3 (14), Sean Casey (10), Ken Griffey Jr. (13), Joe Randa (17), Austin Kearns 2 (14), D'Angelo Jimenez (4)
2-OUT RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (7), Joe Randa (10), Austin Kearns 2 (6)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Jimenez-Casey
Cincinnati Reds
Ramon Ortiz 5.1833131 7.30
David Weathers (W,2-0) 0.2000010 6.61
Kent Mercker (H,4) 1000000 2.40
Ryan Wagner 2200010 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 100-65, David Weathers 7-6, Kent Mercker 9-7, Ryan Wagner 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 6-7, Ryan Wagner 4-0
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 25, David Weathers 2, Kent Mercker 3, Ryan Wagner 7
Game Information
Attendance - 26324
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Terry Craft, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez