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Los Angeles Dodgers (9-12) at Cincinnati Reds (7-14), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Kevin Brown (1-1, 4.03)
Cincinnati - Ryan Dempster (1-1, 6.39)
(Sports Network) - Searching for their second straight win, the Cincinnati
Reds take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last of their three-game set at
Great American Ball Park this evening.
Riding the fresh arm and surprising bat of recently re-called Chris Reitsma,
the Reds picked up a 3-0 win on Wednesday to pull even in the series. Reitsma
tossed eight shutout innings and drove in two runs. Scott Williamson pitched
the ninth for his fourth save of the season.
Reitsma (1-0) scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out two in his first
start of the season for the Reds, who won for the second time in eight games.
Reitsma posted his first win as a starter since July 15, 2002 -- a shutout win
Felipe Lopez added two hits and Juan Castro homered. Cincy finished with eight
hits in the winning effort.
Cincy will rely on 25-year-old righthander Ryan Dempster this evening.
Dempster has struggled in his last two starts (0-1), including a no-decision
against Montreal last week. The twirler was tagged for eight hits and six runs
-- five earned -- over six frames versus the Expos. Dempster permitted five
walks and struck out one in the contest.
Dempster has been decent against the Dodgers in his career, going 3-2 with a
2.93 ERA. He has surrendered 39 hits and 14 runs over 43 innings of action
versus Los Angeles.
Los Angeles will answer by sending veteran righthander Kevin Brown to the
mound. Brown, like Dempster, has not been at his best in his last two starts,
including a no-decision versus San Francisco last week. The 38-year-old was
touched up for eight hits and five runs over five innings, while fanning three
and walking two in the contest.
Brown has been terrific against the Reds in his career, going 7-2 with a razor
thin 1.89 ERA. The 17-year-veteran has surrendered 58 hits and 15 runs over 71
1/3 innings of action.
Dave Roberts, Shawn Green and Fred McGriff each had two hits for the Dodgers,
who were shut out for the second time this season and lost for the third time
in seven games on Wednesday. Roberts extended his career-high hitting streak
to 10 games for Los Angeles.
Darren Dreifort (1-2) absorbed the loss, allowing three runs and seven hits in
five innings of work.
The Reds have gotten the best of this series over the past two-plus years,
winning nine of 14 meetings. These teams have split their last eight meetings
in Queen City.
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