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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers had the right hitter up with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
Blake DeWitt's second RBI single of the game lifted the Dodgers to a 6-5 comeback victory against Cincinnati on Monday night, snapping the Reds' six-game winning streak. The rookie is 6-for-6 with 12 RBI in bases-loaded situations.
"With the bases loaded, you're just looking to have a good at-bat, stay out of the double play make something happen," DeWitt said. "You know the pitcher's got to come to you because he's not going to walk you. So if you're patient, you're going to get a good pitch to hit. It's a good situation to be in. I figured he'd throw a two-seamer away, just because they needed a double play."
Russell Martin led off the ninth with an infield hit up the middle and continued to second when shortstop Paul Janish threw the ball over the head of first baseman Joey Votto and into the dugout. Martin advanced on Jeff Kent's groundout, and David Weathers (1-3) intentionally walked James Loney and Matt Kemp (4-for-4) before DeWitt stroked his opposite-field hit to left.
Takashi Saito (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the victory after the Dodgers recovered from a 4-0 deficit -- the largest they have overcome to win a game this season.
With shortstop Jeff Keppinger on the disabled list because of a broken left knee cap, utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. started at short for the Reds and committed a two-base throwing error on Martin's routine grounder -- allowing two runs to score and trimming Cincinnati's lead to 4-2 in the third.
"When you're down a couple of runs and they give you a couple of extra chances, you've got to do your best to capitalize on their mistakes," DeWitt said.
Janish replaced Hairston in the eighth inning for defensive purposes. It's going to be that way for the Reds until Keppinger returns. He is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks after fouling a pitch off his knee last Tuesday against Florida.
"It's going to create a problem, but we've got some guys who have been playing great out there," manager Dusty Baker said. "Janish went a long ways to get to that ball. I mean, that was a quality play. He had to rush the throw, and when you have an outstanding throwing arm, that's what happens sometimes. We've been playing great defense, but you're going to have some nights like this."
Dunn increased the Reds' margin to three runs with an RBI single in the fifth, but the Dodgers came right back in the bottom half to tie it against Bronson Arroyo on two-out RBI singles by Loney, Kemp and DeWitt.
"Those were some quality two-out RBI hits," Baker said.
The Reds, coming off three-game sweeps against Florida and Cleveland, took a 2-0 lead with RBI singles by Phillips in the first inning and Corey Patterson in the second.
Dunn, who came in 3-for-25 lifetime against Brad Penny with a home run and 13 strikeouts, drove a 1-1 pitch into the pavilion seats in right-center in the third after Phillips led off with a single and stole second. He added an RBI single against the right-hander in the fifth to give Cincinnati a 5-2 lead.
Dunn's home run streak is the longest of his eight-year career. He now shares the franchise mark with Ted Kluszewski (1954), Johnny Bench (1972) and teammate Ken Griffey Jr. (2003). The 6-foot-6 left fielder is three behind the major league record shared by Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Griffey, whose homer streak came with the Seattle Mariners.
"There's nothing I'm doing differently," said Dunn, who is batting .231 with a team-high 11 homers and 29 RBI. "I'm just making better contact on balls I've been popping up and fouling off. For me, home runs come in spurts. I don't know how to describe it. It's more of a contact point. I'm usually out in front of it or late on it, but now it's sort of coming together."
Griffey, who began this seven-game road trip needing three home runs to become the sixth player with 600, had two singles in five trips to the plate -- but has gone 83 at-bats since his previous homer on April 23 against Houston's Chris Sampson. The longest home run drought of Junior's career was 101 at-bats in 1990 with Seattle, his second season in the big leagues.
Penny allowed five runs, nine hits and four walks in six innings and struck out two. He was scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Angels in Anaheim, but was pushed back a day because of arm stiffness.
|Blake DeWitt is mobbed by teammates after capping the Dodgers' comeback victory in the ninth. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Ryan Freel, 3B-CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.320|
|Corey Patterson, CF||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.226|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||2||4||1||0||0||0||.308|
|Adam Dunn, LF||3||1||2||3||0||1||2||.231|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.271|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.315|
|Bill Bray, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.248|
|Paul Bako, C||1||1||0||0||3||0||0||.282|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.063|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Lincoln, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Scott Hatteberg, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.191|
|Paul Janish, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.800|
|a-struck out for Lincoln in the 8th|
|3B - Brandon Phillips (3, Penny)|
|HR - Adam Dunn (11, Penny)|
|SH - Ryan Freel (1), Bronson Arroyo (2)|
|RBI - Corey Patterson (13), Brandon Phillips (25), Adam Dunn 3 (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Corey Patterson (7)|
|SB - Brandon Phillips (7, 2nd base off Penny/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - B. Phillips-Hairston-Votto|
|E - Jerry Hairston Jr. (1, Throwing), Paul Janish (1, Throwing)|
|David Weathers (L,1-3)||0.1||2||1||1||2||0||0||5.02|
|IBB - Loney by David Weathers, by Kemp|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 99-63, Jeremy Affeldt 11-7, Mike Lincoln 18-11, Bill Bray 13-8, David Weathers 19-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 7-4, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Mike Lincoln 3-1, David Weathers 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 26, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Mike Lincoln 5, Bill Bray 4, David Weathers 5|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.286|
|Andre Ethier, RF||5||2||2||0||0||0||2||.291|
|Russell Martin, C||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.320|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.241|
|James Loney, 1B||4||1||2||1||1||0||2||.287|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||4||1||1||0||0||.320|
|Blake Dewitt, 3B||5||0||2||2||0||1||3||.322|
|Chin-lung Hu, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.172|
|Brad Penny, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.222|
|a- Delwyn Young, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Joe Beimel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mark Sweeney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.118|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Penny in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Broxton in the 8th|
|2B - Andre Ethier (9, Arroyo)|
|RBI - James Loney (28), Matt Kemp (27), Blake Dewitt 2 (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - James Loney (9), Matt Kemp (12), Blake Dewitt (20)|
|SB - Juan Pierre (17, 2nd base off Affeldt/Bako)|
|PK - Matt Kemp (1, Arroyo)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Outfield Assists - Matt Kemp 2|
|DP - Kemp-Dewitt, Dewitt-Kent-Loney|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Takashi Saito (W,2-1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.96|
|HBP - Dunn (by Joe Beimel)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 100-61, Joe Beimel 24-16, Jonathan Broxton 22-13, Takashi Saito 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 9-4|
|Batters Faced - Brad Penny 28, Joe Beimel 5, Jonathan Broxton 4, Takashi Saito 3|
|Attendance - 34669|
|Game Time - 3:15|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Rob Drake|