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National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at Cincinnati
(Thursday, April 24th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 3, Los Angeles 2 (11 innings)
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Reggie Taylor's RBI single in the bottom of
the 11th inning lifted the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles
Dodgers in the finale of a three-game set at Great American Ball Park.
Felipe Lopez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored the game-winning run for the
Reds, who have won two straight games. Jason LaRue finished with two hits and
a run scored, while Felix Heredia (1-0) gave up a hit in an inning of relief
for the win.
Ryan Dempster started the first 6 2/3 innings and allowed just one run and
five hits for Cincinnati.
Alex Cora had three hits and Mike Kinkade's RBI double forced extra innings
for the Dodgers, who have dropped two in a row and four of their last six
games. Guillermo Mota (1-1) absorbed the loss, yielding Taylor's hit in the
Kevin Brown was solid through seven innings for LA. The righthander gave up
only two runs on four hits. He struck out 11 batters and walked two.
Mota took the hill in the 11th and walked Lopez to start the inning. Jose
Guillen then sacrificed to first, moving Lopez to second, and Taylor followed
with an RBI single to shallow right field.
Cincinnati has won 10 of the last 15 meetings with the Dodgers.
Los Angeles threatened to open the scoring in the second inning. Fred McGriff
walked and went to third one out later on Cora's double. Cesar Izturis and
Brown followed with strikeouts to end the frame.
The Dodgers came close again in the sixth inning. Brian Jordan drew a one-out
walk and went to second after Aaron Boone misplayed Adrian Beltre's ground
ball. Cora then singled to right but Guillen gunned down a hustling Jordan at
Cincinnati would take a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the sixth. LaRue led
off with a double to deep center field and Dempster struck out trying to bunt
LaRue over. Lopez followed with an RBI single to center.
Dempster's bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning allowed the Dodgers to even
the score. Izturis started the inning with a base hit up the middle and went
to second on Brown's sacrifice. Dave Roberts and Shawn Green would both walk
and Dempster walked Jordan to bring home Izturis.
Juan Castro contributed an RBI fielder's choice in the home half of the
seventh to put the Reds back in front, 2-1. Sean Casey singled leading off and
Austin Kearns walked. Ryan Freel then ran for Casey and Adam Dunn walked one
out later to load the bases. Castro then grounded into a fielder's choice to
easily score Freel.
Kinkade's RBI double in the eighth evened the score for LA. Cora delivered a
one-out single to shallow center field and advanced to second when Izturis
grounded out to first. Kinkade then stroked a pinch-hit double to deep right
field, scoring Cora for a 2-2 contest.
Cincinnati had a runner on third with one away in the 10th, but Wily Mo Pena
grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Both teams had eight hits...The attendance was 24,333...The Reds have won
consecutive games for only the second time this season...It was Brown's first
10-strikeout game since last May 11 and the 25th of his career...Dave Roberts
was 0-for-4 for LA, ending his career-best hitting streak at 10 games.
04/24 22:54:55 ET
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