Dodgers snap 5-game losing streak with 5-1 win over Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) Don Mattingly wanted his slumping Los Angeles Dodgers to treat Tuesday's game like the opener of a new season.
Alex Wood and Jimmy Rollins made sure they got off on the right foot.
Wood took a shutout into the sixth inning, and Rollins and Justin Turner each hit two-run home runs as the Dodgers snapped their five-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
''It just feels like a good win for us,'' Mattingly said.
Rollins also doubled and scored while the NL West-leading Dodgers matched their run total from their previous four games combined.
''It's a very big win - needed,'' Rollins said. ''It was good to get back on track tonight. The marathon part of the season is over. Now, it's a five-week sprint.''
Wood (9-8) went 5 2-3 innings and gave up one run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
''That was a good team win,'' said Wood, whose two-out single preceded Rollins' sixth-inning home run. ''We played really good defense, got (three) double plays. It was nice to come out swinging the bats.''
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.
''We didn't have a lot of opportunities,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. ''Wood did a good job going back and forth on his three-pitch mix. He was good at holding runners. He would hold the ball a while, then mix in a slide step.''
Cincinnati got its leadoff batter on base in four of the first five innings, but never pushed anybody past second with Wood 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.
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), one of five rookies in Cincinnati's starting rotation, lasted five innings, allowing five hits and three runs with three walks and six strikeouts.
''Without a doubt I'd like to take the club deeper into the game,'' Lamb said. ''It's definitely a learning experience. I can learn what pitches to throw, but then I have to execute them. I'm learning to continue to make pitches and apply the pressure. Walks have come back to bite me in the butt. It's preached at the lower levels trying to get here. I'm learning to stay in the moment.''
Dodgers RHP Mat Latos didn't travel with the team to Cincinnati, where he played from 2012 through 2014. With three open dates over eight days, the Dodgers adjusted their rotation, skipping Latos, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 13. Instead, they sent him to Arizona to prepare for a Saturday start against the Cubs. ''He threw a five-inning simulated game (Monday),'' Mattingly said. ''We weren't going to use him out of the bullpen and he needs to throw. It didn't make sense to fly him in here, then back to Los Angeles. He hasn't been out that long.''
Joey Votto drew three walks and has 13 over the last six games. He's drawn at least one in each of those games, the longest active streak in the majors and Votto's third streak of at least six games this season. He has four consecutive multi-walk games and more walks (49) than hits (46) since the All-Star break.
Dodgers: C Yasmani Grandal's sore left shoulder will likely keep him out of the lineup until at least Thursday. 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.