“We can start a winning streak, now.” – Reds closer Francisco Cordero following Tuesday’s 11-9 win over the Dodgers.

The Redlegs snapped a 5-game losing streak Tuesday night with an 11-9 victory of the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of 12,965 fans at Great American Ball Park.

The Dodgers jumped on Reds starter Homer Bailey early with 7 batters producing 3 runs in the first inning.  Bailey was behind the count on 4 of his 7 batters, giving up 2 hits and walking a pair.  The scoring began with a  3-run double by Casey Blake, putting the Reds in a hole before they even had a chance to bat.  

Homer eventually found his footing.  Following the shaky first inning, he went on to throw first-pitch strikes to 14 of his remaining 19 batters and finished the night stronger than he started it.  All told, he allowed 5 runs on 8 hits in 5.1 innings (3bb, 5k).

“(Bryan) Price came out there and kind of set me straight,” said Bailey.  “He said ‘hey go after these guys.  Quit trying to be too fine.  Go right after them with your stuff.'” 

The Reds rallied in the second inning for 6 runs off Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley.  Another run in the third inning and 2 more in the fourth gave Cincinnati what appeared to be a comfortable 9-3 lead.  But the Dodgers would come roaring back.

LA scored a pair of runs in the sixth to chase Bailey, then crossed the plate 4 times in the eighth off reliever Nick Masset (0.1ip, 4h, 4r, 1bb, 1k, 1hr).  Matt Kemp’s 3-run homer in the inning erased the deficit and tied the game at 9.

The Reds answered in the bottom of the eighth, scoring 2 runs thanks to free-passes to Jay Bruce and Ramon Hernandez and an RBI-single by Paul Janish.  Bruce scored on the single and Hernandez came home after the throw into the outfield resulted in Janish getting in a run-down between first and second.  When Hernandez broke for home during the pickle, Dodgers first baseman Ronnie Belliard dropped the ball, allowing Hernandez to score without a play. 

Offensive stars for the Reds tonight included Joey Votto (2-for-3, 1hr, 3rbi, 1bb), Brandon Phillips (1-for-4, 1hr), Scott Rolen (3-for-4, double, 2r), Jay Bruce (1-for-3, triple, 1r, 1rbi) and Janish (RBI-single).

On the mound, Mike Lincoln retired the only batter he faced in the 8th inning to get the win and Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth to earn his fifth save.

The Reds and Dodgers square off again tomorrow at 7:05pm EST.  Aaron Harang will oppose Hiroki Kuroda.

Maybe we needed this to really gel as a team…Hopefully it’ll carry over into tomorrow and start being contagious.” – Reds skipper Dusty Baker following tonight’s game 


That’s all for tonight, folks.  Thanks for logging on.  It feels good to have a winner, doesn’t it?  Let’s do it again tomorrow. 

Thanks again for reading.  You can’t imagine how much I appreciate it.

See ya!


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