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Kemp comes through, Dodgers strike out 20 to beat Reds in 12

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CINCINNATI -- Rookie Drew Stubbs took a poke at the fastball and missed, providing the perfect ending.

The Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 20 batters on Sunday, their highest total in 37 years. Matt Kemp provided just enough offense with a solo homer and a sacrifice fly, and the overpowering pitching staff did the rest in a 3-2, 12-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

"They've got some powerful arms over there," manager Dusty Baker said. "I don't know how many strikeouts we had, but we had a bunch."

They came so fast that it was easy to lose track.

The Dodgers hadn't struck out 20 batters since Aug. 8, 1972, when they fanned 22 Reds during a 19-inning game at Riverfront Stadium. This one was seven innings shorter, making the total much more impressive.

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Left-hander Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 in seven innings, and five relievers kept it going. They struck out at least two batters in each of the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th innings.

"They've been awesome the whole year," Kershaw said of the bullpen, which leads the majors in wins and earned run average. "They've picked up everybody. They've been the rock of this team."

The NL West leaders took two of three from the Reds over the weekend, extending their lead over Colorado. No surprise there -- the Dodgers are 22-4 against the Reds since 2006, their best mark against any NL team, according to STATS LLC.

The bullpen had a big hand in both wins, throwing 11 2/3 scoreless innings.

"These guys are taking this opportunity and certainly giving us the opportunity to do something special," manager Joe Torre said.

They made it easy on an offense that had trouble coming up with a decisive hit.

The Dodgers wasted scoring chances in the eighth, ninth and 11th innings before finally breaking through against closer Francisco Cordero (2-4), who loaded the bases with a walk to Manny Ramirez, a double by Juan Castro and an intentional walk to Andre Ethier with one out.

Kemp's fly to the warning track in center snapped the tie and gave the Dodgers their seventh victory in the last 10 games overall.

"Scrappy teams with playoff experience usually find a way," Reds starter Bronson Arroyo said.

James McDonald (4-3) pitched a perfect 11th inning, and Jonathan Broxton escaped a two-on threat in the 12th for his 29th save in 34 chances. All three of hits outs came on strikeouts.

The only disappointment for LA: Kershaw couldn't snap his astounding streak of futility. The left-hander hasn't won a game since July 18, going 0-2 in his last eight starts despite pitching well -- a 2.91 ERA during that stretch.

The reason: No runs.

The Dodgers have scored an average of less than two runs during that stretch, giving the 21-year-old pitcher no margin for error. He tried to fix the problem single-handedly on Sunday, driving in a run with a single in the fifth inning. Kemp also had a solo homer off Arroyo, who lasted 7 1/3 innings.

At least the Dodgers won this one. In Kershaw's last seven starts, they lost.

"When the team wins, you feel better about your game, really," Kershaw said.

Kershaw allowed only four hits. His one mistake came in the second, when Darnell McDonald hit his first major league homer for a 2-0 lead.

Torre tried to give the slumping Ramirez a day off, leaving him out of the starting lineup. Ramirez hit a two-run homer during an 11-4 win on Saturday, but hasn't done much for the past couple of weeks. He has only two extra-base hits in his last 13 games.

He pinch-hit for Kershaw in the eighth inning and popped out, then stayed in the game in left field. He later had an infield single and the leadoff walk that started the winning rally.

Notes

  • The Dodgers acquired INF Ronnie Belliard from Washington after the game.
  • Ramirez is 1 for 4 off the bench this season, including his first career pinch-hit grand slam against the Reds on July 22 at Dodger Stadium.
  • It was Kershaw's third double-digit strikeout game of the season.
  • The Reds play a day-night doubleheader against the Pirates on Monday, making up a game rained out on April 10. The Pirates and Reds last played a doubleheader in Cincinnati on July 2, 1993 at Riverfront Stadium, splitting the two games.
  • Joey Votto struck out four times.
 
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Matt Kemp helps put two runs on the board and the Dodgers need each one to beat the Reds.  (AP)
Matt Kemp helps put two runs on the board and the Dodgers need each one to beat the Reds. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

D. McDonald
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5000104 .256
Juan Pierre, LF4010000 .323
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Loretta, PH1010000 .230
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Juan Castro, 2B1010000 .309
Andre Ethier, RF5010103 .285
Matt Kemp, CF4112123 .315
Casey Blake, 3B5110104 .274
James Loney, 1B4010102 .275
Russell Martin, C5010022 .259
Orlando Hudson, 2B5010003 .291
    James McDonald, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Clayton Kershaw, P2011000 .114
   b- Manny Ramirez, PH-LF2110100 .307
Totals43311364  
a-singled for Troncoso in the 10th
b-popped out for Kershaw in the 8th
Batting
2B - Juan Castro (4, Cordero), Andre Ethier (35, Arroyo)
HR - Matt Kemp (21, Arroyo)
SF - Matt Kemp (5)
RBI - Matt Kemp 2 (85), Clayton Kershaw (2)
2-OUT RBI - Clayton Kershaw (1)
SB - Andre Ethier (6, 2nd base off Cordero/Miller)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
PB - Russell Martin (2)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw 74222111 2.94
George Sherrill 1200000 1.78
Ramon Troncoso 1000020 2.61
Hong-Chih Kuo 1100020 3.38
James McDonald (W,4-3) 1100020 4.03
Jonathan Broxton (S,29) 1000230 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 105-73, George Sherrill 20-14, Ramon Troncoso 14-9, Hong-Chih Kuo 9-8, James McDonald 15-10, Jonathan Broxton 26-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 1-8, George Sherrill 2-1, Ramon Troncoso 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 26, George Sherrill 5, Ramon Troncoso 3, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, James McDonald 3, Jonathan Broxton 5
Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF6020032 .212
Paul Janish, SS5020001 .228
Joey Votto, 1B5000041 .312
Brandon Phillips, 2B5010023 .264
Scott Rolen, 3B4120100 .314
Jonny Gomes, RF3000023 .281
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1000010 .251
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   b- Drew Sutton, PH0000000 .159
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
   c- Adam Rosales, PH0000100 .203
Darnell McDonald, LF4112130 .208
Corky Miller, C4000111 .208
    Homer Bailey, PR0000000 .087
Bronson Arroyo, P2000020 .125
    Wladimir Balentien, RF3000022 .221
Totals42282420  
a-struck out for Masset in the 9th
b-?? for Burton in the 11th
c-walked for Cordero in the 12th
Batting
HR - Darnell McDonald (1, Kershaw)
RBI - Darnell McDonald 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Darnell McDonald 2 (4)
SB - Brandon Phillips (21, 3rd base off Kershaw/Martin)
CS - Scott Rolen (3, 2nd base by Kershaw/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Rolen-B. Phillips-Votto, Janish-B. Phillips-Votto, Janish-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo 7.1622231 4.35
Arthur Rhodes 0.1000000 2.72
Nick Masset 1.1100110 2.78
Jared Burton 2300100 5.10
Francisco Cordero (L,2-4) 1111200 2.36
IBB - Ethier by Francisco Cordero
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 103-69, Arthur Rhodes 3-2, Nick Masset 16-10, Jared Burton 42-28, Francisco Cordero 33-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 9-9, Nick Masset 1-1, Jared Burton 3-2
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 29, Arthur Rhodes 1, Nick Masset 5, Jared Burton 9, Francisco Cordero 6
Game Information
Attendance - 26091
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Laz Diaz