Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to highlight a four-run fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 Friday night.
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Johnny Cueto matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in six innings, and Joey Votto and Jay Bruce — the missing core of Cincinnati’s batting order much of the season — each drove in runs Wednesday night, leading the Reds to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Joey Votto? One single in 10 at-bats. Jay Bruce? One double in 13 at-bats with seven strikeouts. Cincinnati’s top run producers barely got the bat on the ball, yet the Reds managed to win the major leagues’ first interleague series to open a season. Credit those other guys who don’t normally do the heavy lifting.
Two games in, and the Angels haven’t gotten much from the formidable middle of their order.
Down the line, Anthony Rizzo has the potential to be one of the best offensive players in the league.
Bronson Arroyo outpitched Hiroki Kuroda for the second time in 11 days and singled home the go-ahead run for the Cincinnati Reds, who got homers from Joey Votto and Chris Heisey in a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.