LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto homered, and the last-place Cincinnati Reds beat Los Angeles 5-3 Sunday for their first four-game sweep of the Dodgers since the Big Red Machine accomplished the feat in August 1976.
Luis Castillo (3-4) allowed three runs — two earned — and four hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. Making his first appearance against Los Angeles, Castillo faced 20 batters, just two over the minimum.READ MORE: Baseball Pitcher Hunter Greene Gives Away Thousands Of Cleats To Kids In Pacoima
The defending NL champion Dodgers finished a 1-5 homestand and have lost seven of eight. At 16-23 they are fourth in the NL West, just one game ahead of San Diego.
Cincinnati has won six straight games following an 8-27 start yet remains last in the NL Central.
Three relievers finished the four-hitter. Raisel Iglesias got three straight outs for his seventh save in eight chances.
Rich Hill (1-2) gave up three runs — two earned — six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings and 98 pitches. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and a trainer went to the mound with two outs in the sixth and looked at the left middle finger of Hill, who had a blister on the finger that caused him to go on the disabled list from April 7-16 and from April 17 to May 16.
Suarez hit a two-run homer in the third, and Yasiel Puig cut the lead in half in the bottom half with his first home run since Game 5 of last year’s World Series.
Alex Blandino’s sacrifice bunt drove in a run in the fourth, and Votto hit a two-run homer for a 5-1 lead in the sixth.
Yasmani Grandal hit a solo homer in the seventh and Cody Bellinger followed with a single that chased Castillo
Bellinger started, a day after ignoring a take sign and attempting a bunt with a 3-0 count in the ninth inning of a 5-3 defeat. Bellinger was benched a couple of weeks ago for not hustling.READ MORE: LAPD Releases Body Cam Video From September Arrest
“To his credit, he came in last night and took accountability for it,” Roberts said. “So for me, as a young player, that’s the biggest win. To not make an excuse and own it and move on.”
A raccoon was found by a member of the cleaning crew in the visitor’s bullpen. Animal Control was called and by about 2½ hours before game time, an employee trapped the raccoon in a cage and took the critter away. Many of the Reds players hadn’t arrived on their team bus from Pasadena while the raccoon wrapped himself around a bar in the bullpen.
Reds: INF Scooter Gennett (shoulder) was given the day off.
Dodgers: INF Justin Turner (broken left wrist) was the DH for Class A Rancho Cucamonga and went 0 for 3. Turner could make his Dodgers season debut Tuesday at Miami … INF Logan Forsythe (right shoulder inflammation) played second base and also went 0 for 3. He is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday at the Marlins.
Reds: RHP Sal Romano (2-3, 3.83) is to starts Monday at San Francisco.
Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (0-3, 3.60), slated to be on the mound Tuesday, is winless in eight starts this season.MORE NEWS: Top News Stories You Might Not Have Heard About This Week
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