Dodgers hit 37th homer to beat Reds 6-1, win 3rd in a row

LOS ANGELES (AP) Alex Verdugo carries himself as though he's an everyday player, and lately he's been producing like one.

The 22-year-old outfielder tied his career high with three RBIs and helped the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.

Verdugo is batting .370 with two home runs and 10 RBIs, having hit safely in six of seven starts this season. He's getting opportunities because of injuries, although he'd prefer they came another way.

''Driving in runs at this level is a big thing,'' he said. ''For me, it's just fill in wherever I go. Control what I can control.''

Verdugo is staying patient while waiting his turn at becoming a regular.

''He's just showing glimpses of what he's capable of,'' said teammate Joc Pederson, who hit a two-run homer for the second straight game. ''Not getting consistent at-bats throws a wrench into it, but he's making the most of it.''

Verdugo had a two-run double in the seventh inning. He reached on an infield single that scored Corey Seager in the first.

''He brings a lot of energy and skill,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''It's fun to see that youthful enthusiasm and guys rally around him.''

Pederson's eighth homer of the season just made it over the wall in right field with two outs in the second, similar to the location of his first career walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth that rallied the Dodgers to a 4-3 win Monday.

The Dodgers lead the National League with 37 homers, tying the 1956 Cincinnati Reds for fourth-most through 19 games. Los Angeles has gone deep in 17 of 19 games.

The team has homered at Dodger Stadium in 31 consecutive games, one shy of tying the major league-record streak for home games set by the 1999 Colorado Rockies.

The Dodgers rapped out 13 hits. They got to Tyler Mahle (0-1) early, with four runs and eight hits over the first two innings. The right-hander gave up 11 hits in six innings, struck out three and walked none. He was charged with a balk in the second.

Kenta Maeda (3-1) allowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three. The right-hander escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Mahle to end the fourth.

''It looks like he has made some improvements to his pitching style,'' Reds star Joey Votto said. ''His changeup is improved. He seems to have a much better feel for avoiding damage. He kept us off balance and he seemed to be one step ahead.''

Enrique Hernandez stroked an opposite-field RBI single in the second that extended the lead to 4-0.

Votto got his 900th career RBI in the third and struck out twice in four at-bats hitting leadoff for the second time in his career.

Votto's double down the right field line scored Mahle from second and left the Reds trailing 4-1.

Former Dodgers Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp were a combined 1 for 8 with one strikeout.

The Reds have dropped six in a row on the road.

''At some point a lot of guys are going to get hot,'' Votto said. ''We are going to do it all together and we are going to get on a hot streak and get back to .500 and start chasing the playoffs.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: OF-1B Cody Bellinger tested his sore right knee with some pregame running in the outfield. He wasn't in the lineup after being hit by a 95 mph fastball a night earlier but is expected to return Wednesday. His absence ended the club's longest streak of consecutive regular-season games played at 113. ... 3B Justin Turner was given the night off. He fouled a ball off his ankle while working in the batting cage and it caused his left hamstring to tighten up. He should return Wednesday. ... LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left groin strain) won't need a rehab start before returning to the rotation sometime in the next week.

DODGERS ROTATION

With Ryu's impending return, LHP Julio Urias (0-1, 5.27 ERA) will go to the bullpen after making his start at Milwaukee on Thursday. When LHP Rich Hill (left knee strain) comes back to complete the rotation, RHP Ross Stripling will join the bullpen.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (0-2, 2.03 ERA) makes his 150th career start in the series finale Wednesday. In his three starts this season, the Reds have hit .189 and been shut out twice. They've scored one run when Gray has been in the game.

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (1-0, 8.25) makes his fourth start of the season. He has a 1.50 WHIP.

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  • W: K. Maeda (3-1)L: T. Mahle (0-1)
  • HR: LAD - J. Pederson (8)
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E. Suarez 3B40000001.260.383.500.8830.0
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Y. Puig RF40000011.176.208.353.560-0.5
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D. Dietrich 2B20000200.212.316.667.9822.0
J. Peraza SS40000003.154.170.231.4010.0
T. Barnhart C20000110.265.419.324.7420.5
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J. Hughes P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Mahle in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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C. Seager SS42300000.254.359.418.7776.0
M. Muncy 3B41200012.263.343.526.8703.5
E. Hernandez 2B31210100.316.403.596.9995.0
A. Verdugo RF40330002.375.390.7251.1157.0
D. Freese 1B40000014.292.433.5831.017-0.5
C. Taylor CF-LF40100000.182.294.295.5901.0
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  • a-lined out for Pederson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (6), M. Kemp, T. Mahle
  • RBI - J. Votto (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Winker (5), T. Mahle 2 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Seager (5), M. Muncy, A. Verdugo (3)
  • HR - J. Pederson (8)
  • RBI - J. Pederson 2 (14), E. Hernandez (11), A. Verdugo 3 (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Pederson 2 (5), E. Hernandez (3), A. Verdugo 3 (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Muncy (7), A. Verdugo (4), D. Freese 2 (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle (L, 0-1)6.011440312.651.29-0.5
Z. Duke1.022210010.132.25-2.0
J. Hughes1.00000207.041.704.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle (L, 0-1)6.0
Z. Duke1.0
J. Hughes1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda (W, 3-1)6.24113503.801.2722.5
S. Alexander (H, 2)0.10000101.290.710.5
J. Kelly1.000000010.802.043.0
Y. Garcia1.00000008.311.503.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda (W, 3-1)6.2
S. Alexander (H, 2)0.1
J. Kelly1.0
Y. Garcia1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 99-69, Z. Duke 24-14, J. Hughes 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 14-5, Z. Duke 2-0, J. Hughes 0-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 27, Z. Duke 6, J. Hughes 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 98-62, S. Alexander 5-3, J. Kelly 12-9, Y. Garcia 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 6-6, J. Kelly 2-1, Y. Garcia 2-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 27, S. Alexander, J. Kelly 3, Y. Garcia 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Suarez 3B40000001.260.383.500.8830.0
J. Winker CF40100001.191.269.447.7161.0
Y. Puig RF40000011.176.208.353.560-0.5
M. Kemp LF40100000.200.200.289.4892.0
D. Dietrich 2B20000200.212.316.667.9822.0
J. Peraza SS40000003.154.170.231.4010.0
T. Barnhart C20000110.265.419.324.7420.5
T. Mahle P21100013.250.250.500.7502.5
a- C. Casali PH10000010.333.364.524.887-0.5
Z. Duke P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hughes P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Mahle in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF31121000.259.380.7241.1047.0
a- A. Pollock PH-CF10000000.239.291.324.6150.0
C. Seager SS42300000.254.359.418.7776.0
M. Muncy 3B41200012.263.343.526.8703.5
E. Hernandez 2B31210100.316.403.596.9995.0
A. Verdugo RF40330002.375.390.7251.1157.0
D. Freese 1B40000014.292.433.5831.017-0.5
C. Taylor CF-LF40100000.182.294.295.5901.0
R. Gale C41100011.125.125.125.2501.5
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  • a-lined out for Pederson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (6), M. Kemp, T. Mahle
  • RBI - J. Votto (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Winker (5), T. Mahle 2 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Seager (5), M. Muncy, A. Verdugo (3)
  • HR - J. Pederson (8)
  • RBI - J. Pederson 2 (14), E. Hernandez (11), A. Verdugo 3 (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Pederson 2 (5), E. Hernandez (3), A. Verdugo 3 (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Muncy (7), A. Verdugo (4), D. Freese 2 (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle (L, 0-1)6.011440312.651.29-0.5
Z. Duke1.022210010.132.25-2.0
J. Hughes1.00000207.041.704.0
Total8.01366151---
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle (L, 0-1)6.0
Z. Duke1.0
J. Hughes1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda (W, 3-1)6.24113503.801.2722.5
S. Alexander (H, 2)0.10000101.290.710.5
J. Kelly1.000000010.802.043.0
Y. Garcia1.00000008.311.503.0
Total9.0411360---
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda (W, 3-1)6.2
S. Alexander (H, 2)0.1
J. Kelly1.0
Y. Garcia1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 99-69, Z. Duke 24-14, J. Hughes 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 14-5, Z. Duke 2-0, J. Hughes 0-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 27, Z. Duke 6, J. Hughes 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 98-62, S. Alexander 5-3, J. Kelly 12-9, Y. Garcia 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 6-6, J. Kelly 2-1, Y. Garcia 2-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 27, S. Alexander, J. Kelly 3, Y. Garcia 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Verdugo doubled to left center, Muncy and Hernandez scored16
  • 3RD INNING
    Votto doubled to right, Mahle scored14
  • 2ND INNING
    Hernandez singled to left, Seager scored, Muncy to second04
    Pederson homered to center, Gale scored03
  • 1ST INNING
    Verdugo reached on an infield single to second, Seager scored, Hernandez to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Yimi Garcia relieved Joe Kelly
    • M. Kemp: Kemp flied out to right
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dietrich grounded out to third
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Peraza grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Joe Kelly relieved Scott Alexander
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Suarez grounded out to third
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Winker grounded out to second
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Puig flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jared Hughes relieved Zach Duke
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Taylor flied out to center
    • R. Gale: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Gale struck out on foul tip
    • J. Kelly: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • Curt Casali hit for Tyler Mahle
    • C. Casali: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Casali struck out swinging
    • Scott Alexander relieved Kenta Maeda
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Zach Duke pitching
    • A.J. Pollock hit for Joc Pederson
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pollock lined out to center
    • C. Seager: Seager grounded out to first
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Muncy doubled to shallow left
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez intentionally walked
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Verdugo doubled to left center, Muncy and Hernandez scored
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freese grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp grounded out to third
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dietrich flied out to left
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Taylor grounded out to third
    • R. Gale: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gale grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Maeda: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Maeda struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Foul, Votto popped out to shortstop
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Suarez grounded out to third
    • J. Winker: Foul, Winker singled to shallow left
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Hernandez lined out to second
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Verdugo singled to right
    • D. Freese: Foul, Strike swinging, Freese grounded out to second, Verdugo out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kemp doubled to left
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • J. Peraza: Peraza flied out to center
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Barnhart walked, Kemp to third, Dietrich to second
    • T. Mahle: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mahle struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • K. Maeda: Strike looking, Maeda flied out to right
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson grounded out to second
    • C. Seager: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Seager doubled to deep right
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Barnhart lined out to first
    • T. Mahle: Strike swinging, Mahle doubled to center
    • J. Votto: Votto doubled to right, Mahle scored
    • E. Suarez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Suarez lined out to second
    • J. Winker: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Winker flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Freese grounded out to third
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Taylor singled to center
    • R. Gale: Gale grounded out to second, Taylor out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Puig flied out to right
    • M. Kemp: Kemp grounded out to second
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Peraza flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Gale: Strike looking, Gale singled to shallow right
    • K. Maeda: Gale to second on balk, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Maeda grounded out to second, Gale to third
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Pederson homered to center, Gale scored
    • C. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Seager singled to left
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Muncy singled to shallow center, Seager to second
    • E. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Hernandez singled to left, Seager scored, Muncy to second
    • A. Verdugo: Foul, Ball, Verdugo grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez flied out to right
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Winker grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson flied out to deep right
    • C. Seager: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager reached on an infield single to second
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Muncy flied out to center
    • E. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hernandez singled to center, Seager to third
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Verdugo reached on an infield single to second, Seager scored, Hernandez to second
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)