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Los Angeles at Cincinnati

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L.A. Dodgers (58-54)000000000080
Cincinnati (48-64) «30100000x482

Reds 4, Dodgers 0

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Bronson Arroyo appreciated how the Los Angeles Dodgers helped him get through the hottest night at Great American Ball Park.

The right-hander took advantage of a struggling offense while pitching into the seventh inning Tuesday night, setting up a 4-0 victory that ended the Cincinnati Reds' nine-game losing streak against the Dodgers.

It was 97 degrees at the first pitch, the hottest start for a game in the ballpark's five seasons. A steamy breeze only made it worse for the 22,057 fans who saw a breakthrough win.

"Those guys let me off the hook with some easy innings," Arroyo said of the Dodgers. "I felt like I beat those guys mentally."

That's exactly what manager Grady Little brought up during a brief team meeting after the game. The Dodgers' poor clutch hitting is behind their deepest slump of the season, one that has knocked them from first to third in the NL West.

The fading Dodgers lost their fifth in a row, their longest losing streak of the season. They've dropped 14 of their last 19 overall.

"We'll get through it, hopefully sooner than later," Little said. "Other than that, I don't have a lot to say. I don't have a lot of good to say, so I'm not going to say anything."

Their play speaks for itself. On this night, they couldn't beat the team they've dominated over the past two seasons.

The Dodgers swept their six-game series last season, and took all three from the Reds in a May series in Los Angeles. Arroyo (5-12) stopped the streak and got himself back on track. The right-hander had retired only four batters in a 7-2 loss in Washington on Wednesday, the shortest start of his career.

Arroyo gave up six hits in 6 2/3 innings, struck out five and didn't walk a batter. He also overcame a pair of Cincinnati errors that set up scoring threats while he was on the mound.

"It was hot, but that's part of the game," interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "I think he wanted to make a statement that his last start was a fluke, and he certainly did that."

Edwin Encarnacion doubled home a pair of runs and Brandon Phillips hit a solo homer off left-hander Mark Hendrickson (4-6), who couldn't overcome his poor first inning. Adam Dunn singled home a run with two outs in the first, and Encarnacion followed with a two-run double -- the first of his three hits.

Encarnacion might have been the only one on the field enjoying the weather.

"It's hot like my country," said Encarnacion, who lives in the Dominican Republic. "I feel like I'm playing winter ball."

Phillips led off the third inning with his 21st homer, a shot to straightaway center. After that, Hendrickson held the Reds down and hoped the Dodgers offense could catch up. It was a futile quest.

"The good thing is it's Aug. 7, and I think everyone in here would say we haven't played our best baseball of the year," Hendrickson said. "Hopefully we have one or two things go our way, things turn around and it picks up our morale a little bit."

The Dodgers had cleanup hitter Jeff Kent back from a sore hamstring, but couldn't get much going anything off Arroyo and the NL's worst bullpen. The Reds activated left-hander Eddie Guardado and called up right-hander Gary Majewski before the game in their latest attempt to set it straight.

Arroyo minimized the bullpen's impact by pitching into seventh inning. It appeared he was headed for another fast meltdown when he needed 31 pitches to get through the first inning in the draining conditions. This time, he figured out what was going wrong and fixed it, allowing only four baserunners after the first inning.

Kent had missed the last five games with a strained hamstring. He singled in his first at-bat, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He has reached base safely in his last 39 games, the longest active streak in the majors.

Notes

Hendrickson doubled in his first at-bat, ending an 0-for-21 this season. He is 4-for-58 career. ... Reds OF Ryan Freel will have surgery Wednesday to repair cartilage damage in his right knee. He could be sidelined for the rest of the season. ... Reds INF Juan Castro had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. He expects to be fully recovered by spring training. ... Cincinnati RF Ken Griffey Jr. came up limping after he stepped on first base awkwardly on his third-inning single. He stayed in the game.
 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

E. Encarnacion
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Cincinnati

B. Arroyo
IP 6.2
H 6
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4000002 .281
Juan Pierre, CF4030002 .281
Russell Martin, C4010024 .296
Jeff Kent, 2B4010003 .304
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000015 .280
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B4000000 .279
Andre Ethier, RF4000010 .300
James Loney, 1B4010010 .321
Mark Hendrickson, P2010000 .040
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1010000 .286
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
Totals3508005  
a-singled for Hendrickson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Hendrickson (1, Arroyo)
Team LOB - 8
Los Angeles Dodgers
Mark Hendrickson (L,4-6) 6744351 4.63
Rudy Seanez 2100020 3.88
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 98-60, Rudy Seanez 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 4-8, Rudy Seanez 3-1
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 27, Rudy Seanez 7
Cincinnati Reds
Norris Hopper, CF4110000 .287
Brandon Phillips, 2B4221000 .278
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3010102 .272
Jeff Conine, 1B4000023 .261
Adam Dunn, LF4111012 .262
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4032000 .269
Alex Gonzalez, SS2000212 .257
David Ross, C3000014 .202
Bronson Arroyo, P3000021 .080
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Totals3148437  
Batting
HR - Brandon Phillips (21, Hendrickson)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (65), Adam Dunn (74), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (35), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (19)
PK - Alex Gonzalez (1, Hendrickson)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-B. Phillips-Conine, A. Gonzalez-B. Phillips-Conine
E - Jeff Conine (2, Misplayed grounder), Brandon Phillips (6, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (W,5-12) 6.2600050 4.51
Mike Stanton (H,8) 0.1100000 4.99
Jared Burton 1100000 3.38
David Weathers 1000000 3.34
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 103-70, Mike Stanton 9-6, Jared Burton 11-9, David Weathers 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 8-8, Jared Burton 2-0, David Weathers 1-2
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 27, Mike Stanton 2, Jared Burton 3, David Weathers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22057
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 97
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Dan Iassogna