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CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers know that their latest win has to be the start of something spectacular.
They remained three games behind St. Louis and a half-game behind Milwaukee for the final NL playoff spot. All three teams won on Sunday.
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The Dodgers have dropped 11 of their last 17 games. They are off Monday before starting a three-game series in San Diego. The Dodgers finish the season with six games at home -- three against Colorado, three against NL West-champion San Francisco.
That is nine games to make up a lot of ground.
"Just win, man, that's all that matters," Gonzalez said. "We can't go out there and win a series anymore. We've got to go out there and try to sweep. We win nine games, that gives us a legitimate shot at this."
While the Dodgers felt the pressure of trying to stay in contention, the Reds rested several regulars a day after clinching their second NL Central title in three years. Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker briefly visited the players in the clubhouse after his release from a Chicago hospital, where he was treated the last four days for an irregular heartbeat.
"I thought he looked great," left fielder Ryan Ludwick said. "He was in good spirits. It was great to see his smile, and he got a lot of hugs from us. He was cool, calm and collected. We all want him here, but we know it's going to take some time."
The 63-year-old Baker became ill while the team was in Chicago last week. The Reds won the title without him on Saturday night, raising a toast to him in the clubhouse after their 6-0 victory.
Cincinnati is off on Monday and will open a three-game series against Milwaukee on Tuesday, giving Baker a day to rest. The Reds are a half-game behind Washington for the best record in the NL and the top seed in the playoffs.
Bailey (12-10) allowed five hits in 6 2/3 innings, including the two homers by Gonzalez, who has five in his career off the right-hander. His second homer started a four-run seventh inning that also featured Mark Ellis' RBI double.
"I'll tell you one thing: If you want to get Adrian Gonzalez hot, have him hit against me," Bailey said. "I throw balls out of the [strike] zone, and he still hits them out."
Shawn Tolleson (3-1) got the victory with one perfect inning in relief. Ronald Belisario gave up a two-run homer by Denis Phipps -- his first in the majors -- in the eighth inning. Brandon League pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five chances with LA.
After the loss on Saturday night, the Dodgers changed their pitching plans for the final game of the series, letting their 2011 Cy Young winner see what he could do. Clayton Kershaw hadn't pitched since Sept. 11 because of a sore hip and probably wouldn't have made another start if LA was out of contention. He managed five ragged innings.
"He was just rusty more than anything else," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's Clayton. He's going to keep fighting and battling. He wanted to stay in the game even then."
Kershaw hit Chris Heisey to open the Reds' first inning and needed 92 pitches to get through five innings, leaving with the score tied at 1. He fanned Joey Votto with the bases loaded in the fourth to keep it tied at 1.
He was disappointed when Mattingly pinch hit for him leading off the sixth.
"Obviously, I was not pitching that great, but you never want to pitch five innings and call it a day," Kershaw said. "Physically I felt fine. I wasn't throwing strikes, but it wasn't because of the hip."
|Adrian Gonzalez delivers a pair of solo home runs to help get the Dodgers past the Reds. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.262|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.285|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.301|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||2||2||2||0||1||0||.291|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.251|
|Dee Gordon, PR-SS||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.228|
|Luis Cruz, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Elian Herrera, LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.249|
|A.J. Ellis, C||3||0||1||1||0||1||1||.263|
|Clayton Kershaw, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.208|
|a- Juan Uribe, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.191|
|Shawn Tolleson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Bobby Abreu, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.237|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Juan Rivera, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.237|
|Brandon League, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Kershaw in the 6th|
|b-walked for Tolleson in the 7th|
|c-flied out for Belisario in the 9th|
|2B - Mark Ellis (19, Arredondo), A.J. Ellis (18, Hoover)|
|HR - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (18, Bailey, Bailey)|
|SH - A.J. Ellis (6)|
|RBI - Mark Ellis (31), Andre Ethier (86), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (104), A.J. Ellis (43)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis (16), Andre Ethier (45)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - L. Cruz-Ellis-Gonzalez|
|E - Dee Gordon (18, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Shawn Tolleson (W,3-1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.15|
|Brandon League (S,14)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.31|
|HBP - Heisey (by Clayton Kershaw)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 92-52, Shawn Tolleson 10-7, Kenley Jansen 19-13, Ronald Belisario 24-18, Brandon League 19-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 4-4, Shawn Tolleson 2-0, Ronald Belisario 3-0, Brandon League 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 24, Shawn Tolleson 3, Kenley Jansen 4, Ronald Belisario 5, Brandon League 4|
|Chris Heisey, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.276|
|Wilson Valdez, SS-2B||2||1||0||0||2||1||2||.197|
|a- Henry Rodriguez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Joey Votto, 1B||2||0||0||0||3||2||4||.338|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||3||4||.281|
|Miguel Cairo, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.179|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.316|
|Denis Phipps, RF||4||1||1||2||0||2||4||.300|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.217|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.283|
|Dioner Navarro, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Homer Bailey, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.121|
|Jose Arredondo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Xavier Paul, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.307|
|J.J. Hoover, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Valdez in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Arredondo in the 8th|
|HR - Denis Phipps (1, Belisario)|
|SH - Homer Bailey (5)|
|RBI - Todd Frazier (64), Denis Phipps 2 (2)|
|CS - Drew Stubbs (7, 2nd base by Kershaw/Ellis)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Valdez-Cairo-Votto|
|E - Miguel Cairo (5, Missed catch of throw)|
|Homer Bailey (L,12-10)||6.2||5||5||5||2||6||2||3.92|
|Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 105-64, Jose Arredondo 23-14, J.J. Hoover 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 10-4, Jose Arredondo 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 27, Jose Arredondo 6, J.J. Hoover 4|
|Attendance - 32932|
|Game Time - 3:19|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski|