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Cincinnati at Los Angeles

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Cincinnati (15-21)000000000050
L.A. Dodgers (21-15) «20000000x280

Dodgers 2, Reds 0

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LOS ANGELES -- Randy Wolf got through an uneventful first inning and the rest of the way was smooth sailing.

Wolf struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Cincinnati 2-0 Friday for their seventh consecutive win over the Reds.

"I just wanted to go out there and start off being aggressive and go after guys," he said.

Wolf (4-3) allowed four hits and walked none in winning for the first time since April 20 against Pittsburgh. The left-hander has struggled in the first inning this season, giving up runs in five of his previous seven outings, including the last four.

"I realized it was a mental issue; I had to get through that mental barrier," he said. "I would like to have a couple games where the first inning isn't an issue, then I don't have to answer questions about the first inning anymore."

This time, Wolf gave up just one hit in a quiet first. The Reds advanced only one runner to third in the game.

"My mechanics were a lot better. I had more power behind my pitches," he said. "I finally have my fastball. I haven't had it for a while."

Wolf reached the seventh inning for the first time this season.

"That's a big milestone for him," manager Grady Little said.

Jonathan Broxton pitched the eighth and Takashi Saito worked out of a jam to pick up his 11th save in as many chances.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit a leadoff single and Jeff Conine drew a walk from Saito to put runners on first and second. Alex Gonzalez tried to advance the runners with a sacrifice but popped up his bunt attempt. Saito then got Adam Dunn to ground into a fielder's choice and struck out Juan Castro to finish off the five-hitter.

Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (2-3) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, walked four and struck out two. The right-hander twice loaded the bases in the first, when he threw more than 40 pitches. The first time Russell Martin drove in two runs; the second time Andy LaRoche struck out to end the inning.

"It was kind of a funny inning," Arroyo said. "They were guessing with me a lot and I had to change my game plan after the first two innings. I didn't want to give in to the middle of the plate because those guys were taking pretty good swings."

Nomar Garciaparra went 3-for-3 and scored a run for the Dodgers, who swept the six-game series from the Reds last season for the first time.

Martin, the Dodgers' leading hitter at home, singled up the middle with two outs in the first, scoring Juan Pierre, who singled, and Garciaparra, who walked.

"I made a bad pitch on Martin," Arroyo said. "I was trying to go with a heater in and I missed up and away and he hit it."

Pierre made a nifty catch in the second with a runner on and one out. He backpedaled furiously on a ball hit by Castro to the warning track, fell on his rear and juggled the ball before holding on.

"That might have been the play of the game," Wolf said.

Notes

Garciaparra went 3-for-25 on the Dodgers' recent seven-game road trip. ... Reds 3B Ryan Freel was scratched because of the flu. ... The Dodgers began a stretch of 15 consecutive games in Southern California. They opened a six-game homestand and will play three games in Anaheim before returning home for six more games. ... Dodgers owner Frank McCourt donated $100,000 to help rebuild the city's Griffith Park, where a wildfire destroyed more than 800 acres this week.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

R. Wolf
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 11
Los Angeles

R. Martin
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Norris Hopper, CF3000011 .313
   a- Josh Hamilton, PH-CF1000011 .265
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010011 .276
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4020001 .330
Jeff Conine, 1B3000111 .246
Alex Gonzalez, SS4000022 .283
Adam Dunn, LF4010021 .285
Juan Castro, 3B4010013 .147
David Ross, C2000022 .202
   b- Scott Hatteberg, PH0000100 .295
    Brad Salmon, P0000000 .000
Bronson Arroyo, P2000021 .095
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   c- Javier Valentin, PH-C1000001 .205
Totals32050213  
a-struck out for Hopper in the 8th
b-walked for Ross in the 8th
c-popped out for Coffey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Juan Castro (2, Wolf)
Team LOB - 7
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (L,2-3) 6622420 2.87
Todd Coffey 1200000 5.40
Brad Salmon 1000020 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 117-76, Todd Coffey 17-11, Brad Salmon 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 7-9, Todd Coffey 1-2, Brad Salmon 1-0
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 28, Todd Coffey 5, Brad Salmon 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4000002 .218
Juan Pierre, CF4120000 .281
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B3130100 .284
Jeff Kent, 2B4010005 .296
Luis Gonzalez, LF3000103 .254
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Russell Martin, C4022002 .325
Andre Ethier, RF3000101 .275
Andy LaRoche, 3B3000123 .308
Randy Wolf, P3000012 .125
    Brady Clark, LF1000010 .263
Totals3228244  
Batting
2B - Nomar Garciaparra (9, Arroyo)
RBI - Russell Martin 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Martin 2 (9)
Team LOB - 10
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf (W,4-3) 74000110 3.94
Jonathan Broxton (H,9) 1000110 1.40
Takashi Saito (S,11) 1100110 1.59
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 115-75, Jonathan Broxton 15-9, Takashi Saito 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 1-9, Jonathan Broxton 1-1, Takashi Saito 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 25, Jonathan Broxton 4, Takashi Saito 5
Game Information
Attendance - 49588
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Mark Carlson