CINCINNATI (CBSLA.com/AP) — “It starts with a win.”
Manager Don Mattingly decided a brief statement was best to address the type of week the Dodgers had just had.
Alex Wood took a shutout into the sixth inning, and Justin Turner and Jimmy Rollins each hit two-run home runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped their five-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
Rollins also doubled and scored while the NL West-leading Dodgers matched their run total from their previous four games combined.
The Reds, who scored 10 runs in the sixth inning of their 12-5 win over Detroit on Monday, have lost 10 of their last 11 games.
Cincinnati got its leadoff batter on base in four of the first five innings, but never pushed anybody past second with Wood (9-8) on the mound. He left after Brandon Phillips singled with two outs in the sixth, and reliever Chris Hatcher then gave up Todd Frazier’s RBI double.
Wood gave up four hits and one run with three walks and four strikeouts.
J.P. Howell finished the sixth and seventh. The Reds loaded the bases with two outs against Juan Nicasio in the eighth, but Luis Avilan struck out Jay Bruce before Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth.
Rollins and Yasiel Puig gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with doubles into the left field corner on back-to-back pitches with nobody out in the first. Puig’s liner bounced off the top of the wall, a couple of feet from being a home run.
Turner reached the left field seats for his 15th homer of the season with Adrian Gonzalez on and one out in the fourth. Rollins added his 13th homer in the sixth off of Ryan Mattheus.
John Lamb (0-2) lasted five innings, allowing five hits and three runs with three walks and six strikeouts.
Dodgers: C Yasmani Grandal’s sore left shoulder will likely keep him out of the lineup until at least Thursday, Mattingly said. Grandal missed Sunday’s game and, with Monday’s open date, he’ll have four consecutive days off. “It is affecting his swing,” Mattingly said of the All-Star catcher.
Reds: OF Brennan Boesch was day to day with a deep bone bruise in his right ankle. Boesch hasn’t played since fouling a ball off of the ankle on Saturday.
Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson (7-8, 3.52) is Wednesday’s scheduled starter in a rematch with Reds LHP David Holmberg of their Aug. 15 matchup at Dodger Stadium, won by Los Angeles, 8-3.
Reds: Holmberg (1-3, 6.57 ERA) set career highs by allowing seven earned runs, four walks and three home runs in just two innings of that loss to the Dodgers.
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