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Cincinnati at Los Angeles

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Cincinnati (71-51) «010200000380
L.A. Dodgers (62-61)001000000152

Reds top Dodgers to move winning streak to seven

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- The Cincinnati Reds kept rolling along during Johnny Cueto's seven-game suspension thanks to a pair of outstanding starts by Homer Bailey.

The right-hander pitched seven solid innings Friday night and the NL Central leaders beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 for their season-high seventh victory in a row.

"It wasn't any extra stress," Bailey said. "You start remembering how every single day when you showed up to do rehab, you wish you were playing. And that definitely comes out. I knew I was throwing the ball well before I got hurt, so I just tried to carry it over into the games."

Bailey (3-2) allowed a run and four hits, struck out six and walked two in his second outing since coming off the disabled list. Last Sunday, he tossed six innings of three-hit ball in a 2-0 win against Florida after missing almost three months because of inflammation in his shoulder.

"We needed that, and we needed it badly," manager Dusty Baker said. "We left him down in the minors (on his rehab stint) a little bit longer than he wanted us to and we wanted to. But we wanted him to be ready big-time when he got back here. More importantly, he wanted it. And when a pitcher wants it, that gives everybody a lot more confidence."

Cueto finished serving the seven-game ban he received for his actions during the Reds' bench-clearing brawl with St. Louis on Aug. 10, when he was ejected for kicking several Cardinals players while pinned against the home plate screen. He will start on Saturday night.

"We really missed Cueto, but we're happy that he's pitching tomorrow," said second baseman Brandon Phillips, whose trash-talking episode with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina triggered the melee. "Tonight showed you how deep we are with our team. We have a lot of pitching prospects and guys who come through when they need to. But we're looking forward to having Cueto back."

Arthur Rhodes pitched a perfect eighth and Francisco Cordero a scoreless ninth for his 33rd save in 39 attempts.

The Reds had lost their previous 12 games at Dodger Stadium since winning on July 28, 2005.

"I'm very happy that we ended this drought, because coming here is not fun," said Phillips, who backed Bailey with three hits and three RBI.

The win, coupled with St. Louis' home loss to San Francisco, increased Cincinnati's division lead to 4½ games -- the Reds' largest margin since May 18, 2002, when they held a five-game lead before finishing in third place. They are seeking their first division title since 1995, when they swept the Dodgers in the first round of the postseason.

Cincinnati (71-51) has won eight straight on the road and is a season-high 20 games over .500.

"It's gratifying to be in first place," Baker said. "This team and this organization hasn't been in first place for many years. The last four years here had been tough. It was tough on everybody - especially me because people know how I like to win. Winning solves a lot of problems and creates a lot of camaraderie. You can overlook a lot of small things, like people cutting me off today on the freeway. It didn't bother me as much."

Dodgers rookie Carlos Monasterios (3-4) was charged with three runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings and had six strikeouts, a career high. Two of the runs were unearned, the result of his throwing error in the fourth. The 24-year-old right-hander came out of the bullpen to make his ninth big league start because Vicente Padilla went on the disabled list with a bulging disk in his neck.

Jamey Carroll drew a leadoff walk in the third for the Dodgers and scored the tying run on Ryan Theriot's bunt single with two outs.

Phillips had an RBI single in the second and a two-run single in the fourth, both with two outs.

"If Carlos was able to make a decent throw to first, it ends up being a good outing," Los Angeles pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. "I thought he held his composure pretty good. But Phillips is a good hitter. He got a pitch down in the zone where he could handle it and he hit it up the middle."

Notes

  • Cincinnati SS Orlando Cabrera, who missed his 15th straight game because of a strained muscle on his left side, said he thinks he'll be able to come off the disabled list Sunday when the Reds face LHP Clayton Kershaw.
  • The Dodgers have committed 83 errors -- 35 more than the Reds, who have the fewest in the majors.
  • Dodgers RHP Octavio Dotel, who threw three wild pitches in the 10th inning of Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Colorado, retired all six batters he faced and struck out three after two hitless innings by rookie Kenley Jansen.
 
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Brandon Phillips comes through for the Reds with three RBI, all of which come during two-out situations. (AP)
Brandon Phillips comes through for the Reds with three RBI, all of which come during two-out situations. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Cincinnati

H. Bailey
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 6
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B5033010 .285
Laynce Nix, LF4010103 .288
Joey Votto, 1B4000023 .320
Scott Rolen, 3B3010112 .299
Jay Bruce, RF3000123 .265
Ryan Hanigan, C4220001 .290
Drew Stubbs, CF3100033 .237
Paul Janish, SS4000001 .282
Homer Bailey, P3010012 .222
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
   a- Jim Edmonds, PH1000010 .274
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals34383311  
a-struck out for Rhodes in the 9th
Batting
SH - Drew Stubbs (3)
RBI - Brandon Phillips 3 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips 3 (22)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey (W,3-2) 7411260 4.52
Arthur Rhodes (H,23) 1000000 1.34
Francisco Cordero (S,33) 1100010 3.90
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 114-77, Arthur Rhodes 10-8, Francisco Cordero 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 7-8, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 27, Arthur Rhodes 3, Francisco Cordero 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Scott Podsednik, LF4000004 .306
Ryan Theriot, 2B4011002 .285
Andre Ethier, RF4000022 .297
James Loney, 1B4000020 .281
Matt Kemp, CF4010000 .254
Casey Blake, 3B4010011 .247
Jamey Carroll, SS2100101 .284
Brad Ausmus, C3020011 .209
Carlos Monasterios, P0000000 .100
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   a- Jay Gibbons, PH0000100 .375
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
   b- Ronnie Belliard, PH1000011 .216
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
Totals3015127  
a-walked for Belisario in the 5th
b-struck out for Jansen in the 7th
Batting
2B - Casey Blake (20, Bailey)
SH - Carlos Monasterios (3)
RBI - Ryan Theriot (25)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Theriot (15)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Blake-Theriot-Loney
E - James Loney (3, Dropped fly), Carlos Monasterios (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Monasterios (L,3-4) 4.1831160 3.63
Ronald Belisario 0.2000010 5.54
Kenley Jansen 2000210 0.93
Octavio Dotel 2000030 4.15
WP - Carlos Monasterios (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Monasterios 88-59, Ronald Belisario 11-7, Kenley Jansen 33-20, Octavio Dotel 30-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Monasterios 5-3, Ronald Belisario 1-0, Kenley Jansen 2-2, Octavio Dotel 2-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Monasterios 23, Ronald Belisario 2, Kenley Jansen 7, Octavio Dotel 6
Game Information
Attendance - 46418
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Dana DeMuth