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Rolen leads Reds to first sweep of Dodgers since '04

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LOS ANGELES -- Scott Rolen has become an expert on how to play with pain and discomfort. He's been on the disabled list enough during his 16-year career to have a greater appreciation for the time he does spend on the field.

Rolen got three hits and drove in three runs, leading the Cincinnati Reds over Los Angeles 7-2 on Wednesday for their first three-game sweep of the Dodgers since 2004.

The six-time All-Star third baseman, who has been on the DL six times since driving in a career-high 124 runs in 2004 with St. Louis, had a pair of RBI doubles and a run-scoring single off Chad Billingsley.

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"He hit the ball hard today in a couple of big spots to get us on the board," manager Dusty Baker said. "He wasn't moving too good, but he said he wanted to play. That's what pros do. They play even though they're not feeling 100 percent. And we certainly needed him today."

Rolen sat out Friday night's series opener after finishing a game at San Francisco in which he fouled a pitch off his left foot in the second inning. He returned to the lineup Saturday night, contributing an RBI double to a 4-2 victory.

"I can play on it, but it might not be pretty sometimes," said Rolen, who is 15 hits shy of 2,000 and five doubles away from 500. "I might be hobbling around on it a little bit, but I'm not hurt. That's an ankle that I sprained about nine times in high school playing basketball, so it doesn't do too well with swelling. Anytime anything hits it, it goes through the Achilles. I mean, I'm not going to cry about that, but it just loses some mobility and flexibility. But I'm fine."

The Reds won on Baker's 62nd birthday. His teams are 5-11 on June 15 during his 18 seasons as a manager. It was a far cry from the last two times he was in uniform on his birthday. Last year, Reds lost 12-0 to the Dodgers at Cincinnati -- and two years ago Boston routed them 9-0 at Great American Ball Park.

"It was a real nice birthday present," Baker said. "It's the first time I can remember winning a game on my birthday in about 10 years. That's the one thing I wanted today. It's rare to come in here and sweep the Dodgers. We needed it. That was a perfect ending on this west coast trip, which has really been a nemesis to most teams in the east."

Ryan Hanigan and Fred Lewis each drove in two runs, helping put Los Angeles a season-high eight games under .500. This was the first time the Dodgers were swept in a three-game series at home since June 12-13, 2010, by the Angels.

"We're going to have to play solid baseball for a long period of time to get back in this thing," rookie manager Don Mattingly said.

Travis Wood (5-4) allowed one run, five hits and five walks over six innings. He did not retire more than two batters in a row at any point.

Billingsley (5-6) labored through four innings with 88 pitches. He allowed seven runs, nine hits and four walks. Last Friday at Colorado, he was tagged for a career-worst 13 hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Cincinnati took a 2-1 lead in the second with RBI doubles by Rolen and Lewis. The Reds made it 6-1 in the third on Rolen's run-scoring single, a bases-loaded walk to Lewis and a two-run single by Hanigan.

Handed a five-run cushion, Wood promptly plunked the slumping Andre Ethier with his first pitch in the bottom of the third, the first time Ethier was hit this season. But left fielder Jonny Gomes raced toward the foul line and made a diving backhanded grab across the line to rob James Loney of a two-run double.

"It's no secret about the visibility in this place in day games. Dusty told us about it, going back to when he played here," Gomes said. "The seats are the same color as the ball, if you think about it, so you have to take some chances here. I definitely don't play Loney on the line by any means ever. But Woodie had his cutter going and Loney kept fouling balls off to my side. So every pitch he threw, I took another step, and another step, and another step."

Rolen made it 7-1 in the fourth with his second RBI double, giving him his first three-RBI game since April 6 against Houston.

"I've always enjoyed playing out here, but you always run into good teams," Rolen said. "We split [a four-game series] in San Francisco, which you take. Maybe we could have gotten one more, but they're a good team, too. And we obviously played well here. So a 5-2 trip, I think we would have taken that before we left Cincinnati."

The Dodgers had Wood in trouble in the first after a two-out double by Ethier, an intentional walk to Matt Kemp and another walk to Juan Uribe. The left-hander then walked the .163-hitting Marcus Thames to force in a run, but minimized the damage by retiring Loney on a line drive to right field. Loney is batting just .203 with runners in scoring position.

"It was a rough first, but I was able to settle down. It was a battle all game, though," Wood said. "Fortunately, I was able to keep them off-balance enough and keep them from scoring. We had a couple of clutch double plays that helped out a lot."

Notes

  • Ethier is hitting .250 with two homers, 15 RBI and 29 strikeouts in 37 games since getting the final hit of his 30-game hitting streak on May 6. In his first 32 games, he hit .379 with three homers and 17 RBI. Ethier has gone six games (25 at-bats) since his last RBI and 18 games (66 at-bats) since his last home run.
  • During his 19-year playing career with the Braves, Dodgers, Giants and Athletics, Baker was in the starting lineup on his birthday 10 times. He was 13 for 35 with two home runs and nine RBI in those games, and his teams were 6-4.
  • The seven runs against Billingsley were one shy of the total he allowed over 42 innings in his six previous home starts this season. He came in 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA against the Reds at Dodger Stadium.
  • Rolen is 8 for 15 lifetime against Billingsley with five RBI.
 
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Scott Rolen pounds one of his three hits on the afternoon on the way to racking up three RBI for Cincinnati.  (AP)
Scott Rolen pounds one of his three hits on the afternoon on the way to racking up three RBI for Cincinnati. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

S. Rolen
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Cincinnati

T. Wood
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 5
K 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Heisey, CF5000036 .272
Edgar Renteria, SS4110101 .231
Joey Votto, 1B4110121 .331
Brandon Phillips, 2B5210002 .281
Scott Rolen, 3B5233010 .252
Jonny Gomes, LF4110002 .209
Fred Lewis, RF3022110 .253
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
Ryan Hanigan, C3022101 .267
Travis Wood, P2000003 .077
    Jay Bruce, RF1000011 .282
Totals36711748  
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen 2 (15, Billingsley, Billingsley), Fred Lewis 2 (4, Billingsley, Lindblom)
SH - Travis Wood (4)
RBI - Scott Rolen 3 (26), Fred Lewis 2 (8), Ryan Hanigan 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen (7)
CS - Edgar Renteria (1, 2nd base by Billingsley/Barajas)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Renteria-B. Phillips-Votto, Renteria-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Edgar Renteria 2 (8, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,5-4) 6511520 5.11
Jose Arredondo 1211000 3.95
Bill Bray 1100010 1.52
Nick Masset 1000110 3.79
IBB - Kemp by Travis Wood
HBP - Ethier (by Travis Wood)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 114-64, Jose Arredondo 12-7, Bill Bray 16-12, Nick Masset 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 5-10, Jose Arredondo 1-2, Nick Masset 2-0
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 28, Jose Arredondo 5, Bill Bray 4, Nick Masset 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS5020002 .333
Jamey Carroll, 2B4110113 .314
Andre Ethier, RF4110014 .313
Matt Kemp, CF4020111 .335
Juan Uribe, 3B3001202 .218
Marcus Thames, LF3001104 .152
James Loney, 1B4000005 .253
Rod Barajas, C3000110 .222
Chad Billingsley, P1010000 .308
   a- Casey Blake, PH1000001 .259
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1000001 .220
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
   c- Aaron Miles, PH1010000 .303
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
Totals3428264  
a-flied out for Billingsley in the 4th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Lindblom in the 6th
c-singled for Guerra in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (17, Wood), Matt Kemp (15, Arredondo)
RBI - Juan Uribe (22), Marcus Thames (6)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Thames (4)
CS - Dee Gordon (1, 2nd base by Wood/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Barajas-Strange-Gordon
PB - Rod Barajas (2)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Billingsley (L,5-6) 4977430 4.65
Josh Lindblom 2100010 1.00
Matt Guerrier 1000010 4.24
Javy Guerra 1100010 2.92
Ramon Troncoso 1000020 6.28
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 88-52, Josh Lindblom 28-21, Matt Guerrier 10-7, Javy Guerra 17-10, Ramon Troncoso 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 4-4, Ramon Troncoso 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 24, Josh Lindblom 7, Matt Guerrier 3, Javy Guerra 4, Ramon Troncoso 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30443
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Todd Tichenor