CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds hurler Brandon Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Adam Duvall and Jose Peraza each hit home runs in returns to the lineup and Cincinnati beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 on Saturday night.
Adrian Gonzalez singled to center field leading off the seventh to break up Finnegan’s no-hit bid, and that was the only hit against the 23-year-old lefty.
Finnegan (8-9) allowed two walks and had eight strikeouts, one short of tying his career high, while throwing 96 pitches over seven innings. He also doubled and scored twice while the Reds extended their winning streak to a season-high five games.
Finnegan did not return after the game was delayed in the middle of the seventh for 1 hour, 19 minutes because of rain.
Cincinnati had a season-high 18 hits, including three each from Peraza and Eugenio Suarez.
Dodgers starter Brett Anderson (0-2) allowed six runs in three innings before being pulled with a blister on his left index finger. This was his second start since having back surgery in March. He allowed five runs in one inning in his season debut Aug. 14 before exiting with a mild left wrist sprain.
This was the second time this season Finnegan flirted with a no-hitter. On April 11 at Wrigley Field, he lost a bid with two outs in the seventh on a single by Cubs catcher David Ross.
The only no-hitter in the majors this season came in Cincinnati, by Jake Arrieta of the Cubs in a 16-0 win on April 21.
Duvall, back after missing four games with an injured foot, hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning and finished with four RBIs. Peraza added a two-run shot in the fourth and drove in three runs in his first game after being recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.
LHP Clayton Kershaw’s bullpen session “was successful,” manager Dave Roberts said. Kershaw threw about 22 pitches and is scheduled for a more extensive test on Tuesday as he tries to come back from a herniated disk.
Reds SS Zack Cozart missed his third consecutive start on Saturday as he continues to be plagues by Achilles tendon and patella tendon soreness.
LHP Julio Urias (3-2) is scheduled to make his first start since Aug. 8 in Sunday’s third game of the four-game series. Urias has never faced the Reds.
Reds ight-hander Anthony DeSclafani (7-1) is set to make his fourth career appearance against the Dodgers on Sunday. He has a 2.37 ERA in three career starts against L.A.
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